When you’re on vacation, you’re in charge. At least, that’s the way the folks at City Sightseeing see things. There couldn’t be a better way than a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that lets each passenger decide where they’re going to jump off for a closer look without worrying about jumping back on anytime.
City Sightseeing operate the system in eight U.S. cities plus dozens more on six continents, so passengers know they’re traveling with a highly experienced company. The largest sightseeing company in San Francisco, City SIghtseeing serves 1.5 million passengers a year with a fleet of 20 open top buses.
With 36 stops, there’s plenty of choice to tailor-make an itinerary.
And, to make it even better to get a good look, a bird’s-eye view from the top deck of a double decker, open top bus is just the thing. Just hop on, like the name says, and buy your tickets on board.
Learn all about the City by the Bay as you go, because each bus has an experienced tour guide -- equipped with plenty of great stories --to share with the passengers. The guides are easy to spot, proudly wearing a red jacket and a red cap with the company logo, to match the bus!
Each of the 36 stop has its own commentary, so no one misses anything when they get off the bus. A ticket is valid for 24 hours, so passengers can take plenty of time at any desired stop. Because the City SIghtseeing buses come by frequently, there’s never long to wait for the next one to hop onto.
Many travelers take the entire loop once around, returning to hop off at some of their favorites stops after completing the loop.
San Francisco Has Four Different Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Loops:
Downtown Tour offers 14 stops, takes approximately 90 minutes in full and includes all the highlights of Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach and more. Passengers see the Ferry Building, Lombard Street (the famous crookedest street), Russian Hill and Nob Hill, Pier 39 and more.
Golden Gate and Sausalito Tour offers 10 stops in about 75 minutes including a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, a visit to the charming village of Sausalito with great views from the northern side, and back to the city again. Passengers see Fisherman’s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts and the Presidio. Those wishing to make a connection to Muir Woods National Monument for the giant redwoods can connect in Sausalito.
Golden Gate Park Tour is a 90-minute tour with 10 stops to include the 1,107-acre park, the neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square and more. Japantown, the Fillmore Jazz District, Hayes Valley and Civic Center are on the route.
San Francisco Night Tour takes 90 minutes and includes a walk as well as a visit to the Bay Lights installation on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.