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Big Bus Tours San Francisco

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Fisherman’s Wharf
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Address: 99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133-1217
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+1 415-433-1657

Enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco on top of an open top,...

Enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco on top of an open top, double-decker bus. Experience the diverse culture of the city by visiting the unique neighborhoods including Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Haight/Ashbury District, Union Square, SoMa, Civic Center, Alamo Square.Journey through Golden Gate Park and cross the infamous Golden Gate Bridge! Hop on and hop off at any of our 20 stops located throughout the city. All tickets include free bike rental and walking tours of North Beach neighborhood and Chinatown. Visit us at our San Francisco Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf.

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GOOD: Tour guides were awesome, kept my attention, made jokes, interesting facts, sang songs! You have flexibility to get off at any stop and look around, shop, and catch the... read more

Reviewed March 15, 2017
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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

Big Bus Blake and Jolly Josh were the knowledgeable guide and fearless driver. They were awesome and deserve big raises. Thanks for the smiles and laughs, guys!

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Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

We rode the tour all the way round and are so pleased we did. Our driver Eddie gave us a warm welcome on board, and our host Ari was so knowledgeable and funny we got an excellent look at San Francisco and heard all about the different neighbourhoods. I can't recommend this tour enough, we're riding it again today but... More 

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Reviewed March 17, 2017

We had the great fortune of doing the deluxe tour which included a tour to Sausalito. Dionne our driver made the day! He is passionate, serious tourism professional who showed us the sites with a beautiful smile, awesome jokes, great historical details and a very attentive, respectful and warm disposition. What a treat we laughed and enjoyed our way back... More 

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Reviewed March 17, 2017

Took this tour to orientate ourselves. Much more to it than that though. We took the Barbary coast walking tour with Peter and wow was that an insight into the city history. Plus you get to go to places we would never have heard about otherwise. We ended up doing all three walks, would strongly recommend the Barbary and Italian... More 

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Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Tickets were purchased online on the morning of use. We planned to pick the bus up from union square. Joined the queue of 20 people. Having waited half an hour, the first bus arrived took 12 people there was no rep around to manage the queue. From the queue we could see available seating on the upper deck. It was... More 

Thank Annalisa C
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We booked the 2 day tour with night tour. We had Aerie on our first day tour and she was great! For the night tour we had Aerie's sister Bianca, she was great as well! the next day we had Blake and Fernando and Blake was an absolute riot! This is the best way to sight see around San Fran.... More 

Thank Meghan C
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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We had mixed experiences... Doug, the guide, was the BEST guide out of four different tours, (this is a hop on hop off all day tour). He was the most interesting, the best informed and the easiest to understand. Our first driver was combative, and argued with the pre-recorded narration! Doug was fantastic!

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Reviewed March 16, 2017 via mobile

We decided to go with Big Bus after reading some negative reviews of a major competitor which was recommended to us by our holiday company. I was sold by the amount you get for the price which was perfect for the two days we had in San Fran. We did the first day tour at 09:00 and had a fantastic... More 

Thank Rossyjedu
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

If u are doing the city tour get urself on Blakes tour and make sure they pair him up with Excellent Eddie!!! Blake is so funny and made our vacation so much fun he gives a ton of info and history in an up beat laugh out loud comedy tour!!! My son who is 12 said " This guy is... More 

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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

GOOD: Tour guides were awesome, kept my attention, made jokes, interesting facts, sang songs! You have flexibility to get off at any stop and look around, shop, and catch the next bus....they run every 15-30 minutes...we had the most fun in 🇨🇳 China Town & 🌈Haight/Ashbery Areas!! Better yet, it was a total blast riding on the top going over... More 

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Fisherman’s Wharf
Packed with family-friendly entertainment, quality hotels, and good food, there's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. From street performers and historic cable cars to art galleries and museums, a postcard-worthy photo is available on every corner. Bring your appetite: seafood lovers will be rewarded with Dungeness crab and sourdough bread bowls, while Ghirardelli Square will satiate anyone's sweet tooth after a day at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Don't forget to say hello to the adorable sea lions that make this neighborhood a true San Francisco treat.
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