Surf City Tours
City Tours • Cultural Tours • Movie & TV Tours • Sightseeing Tours • Bus Tours
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
About
We are a sightseeing tour bus company based out of Santa Monica, right on the beach. Board “The Perfect Los Angeles Tour” and take a 5.5 hour trip through the streets of Hollywood & Beverly Hills with stops along the way, or choose the 4.5 hour Malibu tour for a beach cruise of celebrity homes and famous filming locations. If you're short on time just take our classic Hollywood Hopper - this is a 3.5 hour trip of the essential Hollywood & Beverly Hills sights. Highlights include The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, The Hollywood Sign, and The Farmer’s Market, filming locations, historic sights, celebrity homes & hangouts, The Sunset Strip, popular restaurants, music venues like the Whiskey a Go Go, bars, clubs, theaters, and more.
Santa Monica, California

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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Tours and Tickets by Surf City Tours
Bus Tours
5–6 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 99% of travelers
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$85.00
per adult
Bus Tours
5–6 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 92% of travelers
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$89.25
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4.5
1,608 reviews
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Very good
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Poor
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kgarrid0
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Family
We contacted Surf City tours to ask if they could offer a deal to Walk With Sally, a non profit organization that helps kids who have been impacted by cancer. Adam, the owner was so generous and responsive, we were able to bring our kids and their mentors and we all had a blast. Our driver/guide was Chad and he made the trip even more fun, he was so entertaining, knowledgeable and sweet. We highly recommend this tour. Adam reached out after our bus tour to offer more trips for our kids. Amazing!!
Written October 25, 2021
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Catharine F
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
We live in San Diego and came up to LA with our family who were visiting from the midwest to tour the sights of LA with them. I did some online research ahead of time and we chose Surf City because I liked their destinations and stops. The tour did not disappoint! We all had a fun time (6 of us from ages 13 to 49). We chose the 5 hour tour and it felt really quick. We went by so many great locations, stopped for lunch at the Grove Farmer's Market, and saw the sights of Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Melrose +++. Every bit of the tour was informative and fun. Huge shout out to our tour guide Key (yes Key), who made the tour so great. She was very knowledgeable and really funny. We all loved her. A good tour guide makes a huge difference and I'd give her a 10. And a bonus was that the drop off location is right next to the Santa Monica Pier, so when spent the evening there walking around and had dinner. A win win.
Written August 6, 2021
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christigrauel
Leawood, KS1 contribution
Sep 2021
This was our first tour of the city even though we’ve visited LA previously, but never expected such a cool, exciting, informative, entertaining and fun 5 1/2 hours with an intimate group of strangers checking out the most touristy sites in town. Our guide Brandon was absolutely fantastic and gave us a memorable experience that over ceded my expectations. 5*Excellent Rating!
Written September 25, 2021
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qtalentcom
Fairfield, CA5 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Our guide, Brandon Gibson, arrived on time and was determined to show us what most tourists want to see in Beverly Hills and Hollywood. He included his professional comedy skills in his presentation so we laughed a lot while he showed us the sights. He shared interesting nuggets of the stories behind the landmarks and neighborhoods that we visited and the celebrities who call the area home. He gave us the inside scoop on how show business and movie studios operate so we'll probably never watch movies the same again. He knows A LOT about Hollywood celebrities and their homes that most of us didn't know. He had great recommendations on how to make the most of our visit when choosing places to go, shop and eat. I highly recommend this tour and try to get Brandon as your guide.
Written July 4, 2021
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Kimmie W
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Great tour: check in location by the Santa Monica Pier and enjoyed the vibe. Our fabulous guide, Chad, treated us like royalty, took us to all the groovy sites in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills, a great lunch stop at the Market and entertained us further with his hysterical wit. Chad and the staff at the check in site went out of their way to help find and secure items left on the bus by one of our family. They kept the items safe until we returned the next day to retrieve. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.
Written July 30, 2021
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Nomad774082
2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Came to LA from Cincinnati with a friend to attend a 3 game series (Reds - Dodgers). We decided on a sightseeing tour as a convenient way to see the city. We took the 5-1/2 hr LA & Hollywood tour and our driver/guide Brandon was awesome. He’s lived in the area 23 years and with his acting and stand up comedy background his insights were unique and interesting. You could easily sense his love of and passion for Los Angeles. We saw numerous highlights and still had plenty of time to browse and enjoy lunch as well. I would highly recommend Adam’s tour company and his talented tour guide Brandon.
Written April 27, 2021
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jm1224
Boston2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
I am so happy that we chose to book the Malibu tour! Malibu is an area of LA that you might not otherwise get out to visit, and what could be a better way to spend a sunny afternoon than cruising down the PCH in an open-air vehicle, taking in the gorgeous scenery, seeing celebrity homes, and breathing in the ocean air? Our tour guide, David, was so fun! He was knowledgeable, funny, and gave us the perfect blend of old Malibu history mixed with current celebrity lore. He stopped to let us take breaks at the Malibu Country Mart (celebrity hot spot!) and the Malibu pier, both of which we enjoyed immensely. He anticipated our every need, from charging ports for our phones and blankets in case we got cold. My only regret is that we didn't also do our tour of LA with him! I highly recommend this tour! You won't be sorry!
Written July 17, 2021
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Jstepp005
1 contribution
Jun 2021
We loved our tour guide Ki. She was so funny! We enjoyed all of the stops and explanations. It really helped us to determine what parts of the city we wanted to go explore further and it was nice to have someone drive us around who knew where they were going!
Written June 25, 2021
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ShC
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
Mar 2020
Easy to book online. Easy to find location to meet. Really enjoyed our tour. Tour guide was entertaining, informative and attentive to his guests needs. Good driver too. It was pouring rain that day but we all stuck it out. Lots of sights included on the tour with a few stops as well.
Written March 25, 2020
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abracadebra54
La Jolla, CA4 contributions
Jan 2020
I'm prefacing this to shout out about the innovative and generous ways in which Surf City Tours is donating their time during Covid to Keep the Spirit of Travel Alive with sneak peek virtual tours; @surfcitytours.
The fun starts before you even hop on the vehicle because they are based at Santa Monica Pier, y'all! A Southern California destination for over 100 hundred years, the historic Pier offers it's own full day of fun before you even begin your tour. The Hippodrome with it's old fashioned calliope (National Register of Historic Places), an Aquarium, Playland, shops and live music assure that you will have plenty to do as you await your ride. Tours are comfortable and comprehensive and the guides are entertaining and informative. Visibility from all seats is excellent so you won't be whizzing past things that you can't see as can happen wiith some of the larger tour buses. Bring your camera, highlight stops along the way. Highly recommended.
Written April 19, 2020
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