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Big Bus San Francisco Sightseeing and Alcatraz Combo

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See all of San Francisco's top attractions with this special Big Bus hop-on hop-off tour and combo package. Create your own sightseeing itinerary, hopping on and off as you please at stops including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square and Lombard Street. Explore Sausalito on a Sausalito Tour. Also included in your ticket is a walking tour of the famous Chinatown neighborhood with a guide. High point: a visit to the notorious prison of Alcatraz — a must-see!
  • Hop-on hop-off tour lets you easily visit 20 San Francisco attractions 
  • Get an Alcatraz admission ticket without booking months ahead 
  • Walking tour of Chinatown provides insight into historic San Francisco
  • Sausalito Trolley tour as an additional bonus
  • Deals on bike rentals and entertainment save you money
What to Expect
Begin your tour at any of the 20 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. This experience includes a walking tour of Chinatown and the chance to take a Sausalito trolley tour to explore the quaint seaside town. A ferry ride and admission ticket to Alcatraz is also included. Check in at the supplier 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
Departure Point
You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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Return Details
You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • Round-trip ferry from San Francisco to Alcatraz Island (US$39.90 value)
  • Sausalito Trolley Tour
  • Chinatown Walking Tour
  • 1 Hour FREE Bike Rental with the purchase of 1 Hour
  • One Day Hop-on Hop-off Ticket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Recorded commentary available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese and Italian
  • To receive your Alcatraz Ticket you must check into the supplier 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 20 July 2019

I would not recommend this tour. The only good part was being able to secure tickets to Alcatraz. The tour consists of riding on a bus listening to an audio of sights that are coming up. By the time you 'may' see them it is...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Sheila K
Nicole H, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Thanks for your review.

Reviewed 19 July 2019 via mobile

The big bus tour was very fun and was a new experience for us. We sat at the top and got a nice view of the buildings and got a lot of interesting info about each one. The Alcatraz tour was just amazing and recommended...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Nicole H, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Thanks for the spectacular review of BIG BUS San Francisco. I'm glad you enjoyed touring with us and enjoyed your Premium Alcatraz package as well. Safe travels to you!

Reviewed 12 July 2019

Worst experience ever!! I never one to rank a business I lower then a four! But this is absolutely ridiculous! We have waited for six buses!! Then we had an empty bus come right by the union station!! We are in a line that wraps...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Nicole H, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2019

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 9 July 2019

The bus tour was such a disappointment. There was suppose to be a live guide through the tour. We were given ear phones, but no one ever spoke a word. We were never told what we were seeing or what stops we were making. You...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Nicole H, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2019

Not all buses are equipped with a live guide, generally every other departing bus will contain a live guide. The free BIG BUS app, is available to download and it contains real time tracking for all loops, including transfer points. The app will also indicate...More

Reviewed 9 July 2019

We did Alcatraz on the Wednesday, thankfully. When we did the Big Bus tour we waited far too long to get space on a bus at stop 7, just round from our hotel. It was the 6th bus before we got on and then stood...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Phillip1056
Nicole H, Manager at Big Bus Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2019

Thanks for your review. During a busy summer season wait times can vary - it also depends the number of people using the bus service during peak times; a major holiday weekend, etc, can also be attributed factors.

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Michele H
27 September 2019|
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Response from St. B |
Depends on the ticket or tickets you bought. But the 24hr begins from when you first use the ticket. Same if you have a 48hr ticket
Tara J
9 July 2019|
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Response from ireneS480 | Reviewed this property |
I would try ringing or emailing. They are very helpful
Erika L
24 June 2019|
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Response from Vince B | Reviewed this property |
No it's a different company. BigBus tours seem to have the biggest footprint.
Key Details
  • Alcatraz Island Big Bus Tours
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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