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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo provided by Big Bus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-06-19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
Maps and brochures will not be handed out on the service and customers are encouraged to download our Free Mobile App providing extended digital content including map and live bus tracking.
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Updated 20-06-19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
A hop-on hop-off bus pass bundled with an admission ticket to Alcatraz offers one of the best values for San Francisco sightseeing. With pickup and drop-off locations at the city’s most popular attractions, including Union Square and the Golden Gate Bridge, this bus loop makes it super easy to get around. Plus, an Alcatraz Island admission ticket gives you access to the famous prison island which is infamously difficult to book at the last minute.
Highlights
  • Hop-on hop-off tour lets you easily visit 15 San Francisco attractions 
  • Get an Alcatraz Island admission ticket without booking months ahead 
  • Deals on bike rentals and entertainment save you money
What to Expect
Begin your tour at any of the 15 bus stops around San Francisco. A double-decker bus lets you choose from covered seats at street level or sitting on the open-air upper deck. Hop on or off the bus at any stop, including top attractions such as Union Square and the Palace of Fine Arts, or ride the entire loop for an informative sightseeing tour. A ferry ride and admission ticket to Alcatraz Island is also included. Check in at the Big Bus office the day before your tour to get your Alcatraz admission ticket. Additional bike rental and entertainment deals are also included.
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Important Information
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island
  • Buy 1 hour bike rental get 1 hour free from any Blazing Saddles shop
  • One Day Hop-on Hop-off Ticket
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Recorded commentary available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese and Italian
  • To receive your Alcatraz Island Ticket you must check into the Big Bus office (on voucher) one day prior to the Alcatraz Tour date or before 9am on the date of your Alcatraz Tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Photo ID is required.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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SUNILDASWANEY wrote a review Dec. 2020
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates379 contributions177 helpful votes
It was an absolute thrill to go on a tour of the very famous Golden Gate Bridge and the equally famous Alcatraz prison where I was amazed at the conditions under which the prisoners confined to solitary confinement had to go through.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Natalia Z wrote a review Jul. 2020
Plaquemine, Louisiana1 contribution1 helpful vote
Didn’t go due to corona virus pandemic. Wish I could have gotten my money back. Because it was an all sales final tour, was not able to cancel even tho I called viator/cheap advisor to try.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Winkylee12 wrote a review Mar. 2020
Camarillo133 contributions43 helpful votes
The big bus tour is perfect for seeing and learning about the city. The trip to Alcatraz is very eye opening and educational. I would recommend this to everyone.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from LeraMBigBusTours, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
Responded Mar. 13, 2020
Thank you for your amazing review of Big Bus San Francisco. I am so happy to hear you were able to enjoy our Premium Alcatraz package and learned a lot of new things! We hope to see you in San Francisco again. Thank you for choosing Big Bus!
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reb_ellious144 wrote a review Mar. 2020
London, United Kingdom25 contributions19 helpful votes
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You can split the tour into two if you go into the Big Bus Tours office, which I would recommend as you then get two days out for the price of one (a bus tour on one day, the Alcatraz tour on another). The bus tour covers all the main sights of San Fran, and comes with extra
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from LeraMBigBusTours, Guest Relations Manager at Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
Responded Mar. 13, 2020
Thank you so much for your amazing review of Big Bus San Francisco. I am so happy to hear you were able to enjoy the tour with our tour guide Peter and driver Calvin! We will definitely let them know about you great 5 star feedback on their team work! Thank you for riding with us!
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Kathryn_E wrote a review Jan. 2020
Poole, United Kingdom31 contributions3 helpful votes
+5
Great tours with excellent and friendly staff. Very easy to book and collect tickets. Hop on hop off was simple and never had to wait long for the next bus. Highly recommended, such an awesome way to see the city.
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Response from MelBigBusTours, Manager at Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On-Hop-Off Open Top Tour and Alcatraz Combo
Responded Jan. 31, 2020
Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and we are glad that you enoyed your time with us in San Francisco we do hope to welcome you again in the future
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About the operator

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By: Big Bus Tours
kcreasey
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Bad tour guides
We had three different tour guides throughout our tour and thoroughly enjoyed the sights, but two of the guides wer
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SUNILDASWANEY
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ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL
I had taken the very same tour earlier in the day and wanted to get the experience in the night and it did not disa
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victoriarK907CY
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Terrible Customer service
I have used Big Bus tours all over the world and I never had a bad experience until yesterday in San Francisco. We
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oneofw
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A must go!
This trip was so fun! I learned so much about the city while enjoying the beautiful views. Would definitely recomme
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Hane G
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Easy Travel
Right now with the street cars, cable cars and trolley out of commission this is an easy way to get around San Fran
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250kerryannd
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Great tour!
This bus tour is perfect. You can’t go wrong doing it! Takes you everywhere. Ladies pull your hair back if you are
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Stephen B
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Make sure you can go, NO refunds!
Bought the tour could not use it because plans changed and when asking for a refund they refuse. Will try and get y
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Ladybreeze
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The best fog experience ever
Loved golden gate bridge.very informative tour would go again.make sure you bring a jacket.and sit up top
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D1022ZLwilliamp
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BAD Experience!!!!!
First of all I have to say I have enjoyed Big Bus in other major cities (NYC, Washington, DC and Paris), but San Fr
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sla120391
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Awesome Tour
Definitely an experience I won’t forget ! Lots of great sights and information about the city. I would highly recom
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briannas702
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Great experience bad bus driver
Experience itself was really nice! Bus driver wasn’t so nice! He thought we cut the line just accused us wasn’t ver
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Wendy L
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Great way to get around
This is a great way to get around and learn about the city. The guides really know their stuff. Great fun going o
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T6318ZOjustinh
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You stole my money and you aren't even open
You took my money, I made my trip assuming stuff must be open. You were closed... you still have my money.
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theoraclesboy
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Superb again Big Bus
Arrived in San Francisco at 8am , transfer to hotel, checked in with Big Bus Tours and we are off. Great tour, taki
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nataruth
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Wonderful ride! Definitely recommend
Wonderful ride! A very nice way to tour the city. Just make sure to take your jacket as it does get chilly towards
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Key Details
  • Alcatraz Island, Big Bus Tours, and 10 more
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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