Hop-on/Hop-off San Francisco

Here you will find information about sightseeing tours by hop-on hop-off bus in San Francisco. We inform you about stops, timetables and prices.

You can book the tickets directly with our partners and download them to your mobile phone. We receive a small commission for the sale. The price remains the same for you, of course.

Big Bus San Francisco

Hop-on/hop-off San Francisco: Big Bus
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  • 1 Route in San Francisco
  • 15+ stops
  • Audio guide in 6 languages
  • Buses run every 15 minutes
  • Optional: City tour by night


Ticket price from $63.00

Bewertung der Tour: 5,0 (7 Reviews)


Skyline Sightseeing

Hop-on/hop-off San Francisco: Skyline Sightseeing
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  • 1 Route in San Francisco
  • 15+ stops
  • Audio guide in 9 languages
  • Buses run every 20-30 minutes
  • Optional: City tour by night


Ticket price $156.99

Bewertung der Tour: 4,3 (274 Reviews)


If you buy your ticket online, you will receive a voucher that you can save on your mobile phone. Show this voucher to the bus staff on your first journey.

Please note: For Skyline Sightseeing, you must exchange the voucher for a paper ticket at Pier 41 before travelling.


Hop-on/hop-off bus: places of interest

In addition to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Californian city has numerous other sights to offer. You can reach most of them on a city tour with the hop-on hop-off bus:

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Pier 39
  • Chinatown
  • Lombard Street
  • Painted Ladies
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Coit Tower

Simply get off at the nearest bus stop, visit a place of interest and then continue your journey. The Big Bus buses run every 15 minutes, so you won't have to wait long.

Even if there is not a bus stop for every attraction, you can reach all of them by bus. Sometimes a short walk is necessary.

Only the prison island of Alcatraz is not accessible by hop-on hop-off bus. We recommend purchasing a combined ticket here. This allows you to travel on the hop-on hop-off bus and includes a ticket for the ferry and admission to Alcatraz.


San Francisco, Alcatraz
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Hop-on/Hop-off + Alcatraz

Take a city tour with the hop-on hop-off bus and visit Alcatraz. The ticket for the ferry and admission is included in the price. All tickets are sent directly to your mobile phone.

Is a San Francisco city tour worthwhile?

Amidst the rolling hills and dazzling skyline of San Francisco, a hop-on hop-off tour with the distinctive red double-decker buses offers a convenient and flexible way to explore the diversity and beauty of the city on America's west coast.

Some of the city's sights are a long way from each other. With the hop-on hop-off bus, you can easily reach almost all the sights without having to walk long distances or worry about finding a suitable means of transport. You can hop on and off at any stop and explore the city at your own pace. The routes are carefully planned and adapted to the needs of travellers. So you are guaranteed not to miss any important sights.

The characteristic red double-decker buses used for the hop-on hop-off service in San Francisco not only offer comfortable transport, but also an elevated view of the city. From the upper level, visitors have a breathtaking view of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline.

Hop-on/hop-off bus
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Another advantage is the informative audio commentary system on board the buses. You receive interesting background information on the sights during the city tour. This helps to deepen visitors' cultural and historical understanding.

The hop-on hop-off service makes it possible to discover the unique atmosphere of this fascinating metropolis at your own pace. The buses are the ideal solution for visitors who want to see as much of San Francisco as possible in a short space of time.


Big Bus San Francisco

Hop-on/hop-off bus
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Big Bus is one of the largest providers of hop-on hop-off tours and is represented in many cities around the world. The buses also travel to other cities in the USA such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas or New York.

The dark red double-decker buses offer a marvellous view of the city's sights, especially when the roof is open.

There is a multilingual audio guide on board with lots of interesting information.

Big Bus also offers a city tour by night in San Francisco.

Tip: Download the free app from Big Bus before your journey. Here you will find all information on timetables and routes as well as the current location of the buses.

Timetable: Red line

  • First departure: 10:00 a.m.
  • Last departure: 6:00 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 15 minutes
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Starting point: Big Bus Visitor Centre/Fisherman's Wharf

City tour in the evening

  • Daily 6:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Meeting point: Big Bus Visitor Centre

On the night tour, the bus does not cross the Golden Gate Bridge, but goes to Treasure Island. The night tour is included in both the Essential and the Explore Ticket.


Routes & Stops

Contact Big Bus

If you have any questions or feedback for the company, you can contact Big Bus San Francisco using the following contact form: Contact form

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).


Skyline Sightseeing

Hop-on/hop-off San Francisco: Skyline Sightseeing
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Skyline Sightseeing is a San Francisco-based company that offers a hop-on hop-off tour and a night tour in the city. Both providers, Big Bus and Skyline Sightseeing, offer a very similar service in San Francisco.

The roof of the red double-decker buses can be opened when the weather is fine. The interior is covered and air-conditioned or heated depending on the weather.

A multilingual audio guide informs you about the history and landmarks of the city during the journey.

Timetable

  • First departure: 10:00 a.m.
  • Last departure: 5:00 p.m.
  • Frequency: every 20-30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Starting point: 99 Jefferson Street/ Fisherman's Wharf

City tour in the evening

  • Daily 6:30 p.m.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Starting point: 99 Jefferson Street

Routes & Stops

Contact Skyline Sightseeing

If you have any questions or feedback for the company, you can contact Skyline Sightseeing by e-mail:

  • E-mail: info@sightseeingworld.com

If you have any questions about ticket booking, please contact Tiqets.com or GetYourGuide Customer Service (depending on where you booked your ticket).

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