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Skyline Sightseeing San Francisco: Hop-on, Hop-off Bus & Alcatraz Island Tour

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    Hop-On Hop-Off Tour – 2 days. 1 loop: approx. 2 hours 

    San Francisco Night Tour – approx. 60-90 minutes

    Alcatraz Island Tour: Varies

  • Start time

    Hop-On Hop-Off Tour – 10am to 5pm, buses run every 30-60 minutes

    San Francisco Night Tour – 6:30pm (further departures are added in the summer months)

    Alcatraz Island Tour – exact departure time will be provided upon reconfirming your tour with the operator.

  • Meeting Point

    Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Night Tour:

    Local tour operator 99 Jefferson Street(at the corner of Mason St.) San Francisco, CA 94133

    Alcatraz Island Tour: Exact instructions will be provided upon reconfirming your tour with the operator

  • Ending Point

    Varies

Key Highlights

  • Discover the infinite charms of San Francisco with this super-value package
  • Enjoy 48 hours hop on hop off access to the Official City Tour
  • Visit the notorious island of Alcatraz, the federal prison that had been home to Al Capone
  • Admire the city’s glittering sight with the Night Tour
  • Live commentary and multilingual audio tour in multiple languages
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on an open top bus
  • Hop on and off at top San Francisco attractions and explore at your own pace
  • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!

Overview

The great value pack combines the best San Francisco experiences into one - a hop-on, hop-off bus tour across San Francisco, a Night Tour and a visit to the historic Alcatraz Island. 

San Francisco hop-on, hop-off bus tour

Discover the stunning City By The Bay at your own pace with fantastic views from the top deck of an open-top bus. Hop on and off as you wish to visit the attractions of your choice - from Chinatown to the Palace of Fine Arts, while enjoying multilingual audio commentary in multiple languages on board.

Drive along the Barbary Coast, Embarcadero and the Ferry Building, Union Square, City Hall, North Beach, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park and enjoy wonderful views from an open-top bus. Take a picture at Chinatown's 'Dragon Gates' and try their delicious food. Take a brief stroll around Alamo Square to see the world-famous Painted Ladies Victorian homes also known as "Postcard Row" – most popular from the TV show "Full House”. Drive across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and admire view's of the city's skyline.

Hop on and off at any of the stops and customize your sightseeing itinerary according to your preferences. 

San Francisco Night Tour

Feast your eyes on a glittering San Francisco, lit up like a piece of art at night on a 60-90 minute action-packed tour with entertaining commentary by a knowledgeable guide.

Pass through Chinatown and the Financial District, cross the Bay Bridge with its spectacular art installation of lights that have become San Francisco’s most iconic light sculpture at night, and journey on to Treasure Island with the best views of the San Francisco skyline. On the way back the tour continues along the waterfront, passing the Embarcadero and the Ferry building before returning to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.


Attractions Covered on the Bus Tours

  • Golden Gate Bridge    
  • Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Haight/Ashbury
  • City Hall
  • Chinatown Gate
  • South Vista Point   
  • North Vista Point

…. And More!

Alcatraz Audio Guided Tour

Also known as 'The Rock', the federal prison once established on Alcatraz Island is synonymous with notorious bank robbers and murderers like Al Capone, 'Machine Gun' Kelly, and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz', Robert Stroud. Now empty, and managed by the National Park Service, you can explore the infamous facility at your leisure, taking all the time you want, with a 45 minute audio tour "Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour" featuring prisoners and correctional officers who used to live and work on Alcatraz as well as an Orientation Video from Discovery Channel. Your Alcatraz ticket includes a ferry ride and self-guided audio tour in many languages.

Note: The specific departure time for your ferry ride to Alcatraz Island will be provided to you upon redeeming your voucher.

About the Supplier: Skyline Sightseeing, has been known for operating tours in San Francisco for a while now, and can be recognised by their orange open top buses. 

Inclusions

  • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass
  • San Francisco Night Tour
  • Ferry to/from Alcatraz Island (with a set departure time)
  • Award winning self-guided Alcatraz audio tour in various languages
  • Orientation video presented by the Discovery Channel (on Alcatraz Island)
  • English speaking live guide or audio commentary on the bus

Exclusions

  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Food & Beverages
  • Hotel pick up

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Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

This voucher must be redeemed with Local Tour Operator, no later than 72 hours prior to departure by checking in online via: www.sightseeingworld.com/en/checkin 

The tour is often sold out in advance and reservations should be made as early as possible.

You are required to check-in online prior to the tour, and this is especially important for all ALCATRAZ PACKAGES. Thus, we have updated the voucher text for all Alcatraz packages again to assure that every customer will follow this easy process accordingly.

IMPORTANT: The departure time is allocated automatically and will be provided upon reconfirming the tour with the operator a few days prior to departure. The set time slot cannot be changed. We recommend to keep your day flexible until you receive your confirmed departure time.

Once you reach Alcatraz Island you can stay as long as you like; ferries return approx. every 30 minutes.

The date chosen upon booking will be the date for your Alcatraz tour; the Hop-On Hop-Off pass is flexible and you can start the bus tour at any time.

Hop-on, hop-off bus routes and timings are subject to change. The updated map will be available on the bus.

In order to receive your tickets and your exact departure time you must check-in online with the operator at the latest 72 hours prior to departure (further instructions will be on your voucher).

Please carry a valid photo ID with you.

No refunds will be given for no-shows or missed ferry departures.

The Alcatraz tour duration varies and it depends on how much time is spent on the island; an average visit takes about 3-4 hours (including ferry rides and check-in process).

Hop-on, hop-off bus routes and timings are subject to change. The updated map will be available on the bus.

San Francisco is a functioning city and weather, traffic and events may occasionally cause disruption.

Additional info

Wheelchairs can be collapsed down and stored on the bus but the buses are not equipped with ramps and therefore passengers would need to walk up 2 steps.

Customer Reviews

  • John Mander

    Would have liked more opportunities though was only able to a cess the bus for one day not two

    08/27/2019
  • Maria Kimball

    Great way to see the city.

    Canada 06/06/2019
  • Mary Chancellor

    Once we were
    Able to get the tickets verified the cruise and bus tour were excellent

    United States 05/23/2019

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