The Best San Francisco Hop on Hop off Tours

Posted on November 7, 2018 |

San Francisco hop on hop off tours offer a unique way of exploring the city. Check out who we think offers the best city tour San Francisco.

Our guide to the Best San Francisco Tours have one thing in common. None of them are San Francisco hop on hop off tours.

But that doesn’t mean we think all double decker SF tours should be avoided!

Many San Francisco hop on hop off tours are led in open air vehicles. The clear views make for some great photo opportunities — especially if you’re high up on a San Francisco double decker bus tour!

Not only are there amazing photo ops from these San Francisco hop on hop off tours, but you can get some amazing combo deals that include San Francisco trolley tickets, Alcatraz tickets and San Francisco night tours.

Keep reading to discover our top choices for San Francisco hop on hop off tours — and even some fun 100% local alternatives!


Best San Francisco Hop on Hop off Tours


Gray Line Tours San Francisco

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Price for this San Francisco hop on hop off tour: $87


Gray Line is one of the most recognizable names in the tour industry. Over the past century Gray Line Tours has expanded to over 700 locations across the globe.

Gray Line Tours San Francisco has one of the most comprehensive collections of combo San Francisco city tours.

With this iconic San Francisco hop on hop off tour company you can find a combo package with everything from Alcatraz tickets to San Francisco boat tours.

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See the stops for one of the best San Francisco hop on hop off tours

Gray Line’s San Francisco City Tour stops at iconic sites around the city.

Gray Line San Francisco uses big buses for Muir Woods tours and Wine Country tours. But in the city, you’ll spot Gray Line’s San Francisco trolley tours!

Cover all the classic fun things to do in San Francisco, including neighborhoods San Francisco hop on hop off tours usually overlook, like the Sutro Bath Ruins at Lands End.

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Enjoy the perks of hopping off at Golden Gate Park, another one of the best things to do in San Francisco, to explore the Japanese Tea Garden. Or, if the sky is clear, head to the top floor of the de Young Museum Observation Tower!

After your city tour San Francisco, enjoy an hour long cruise around the bay on a San Francisco boat tour. From the water you’ll have unbeatable views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or try this 100% local alternative, a San Francisco city tour & San Francisco boat tour!

Go where San Francisco hop on hop off tours can't go with Dylan's Tuk Tuk Tours of San Francisco

Hop off the San Francisco double decker bus tour and into the ONLY electric tuk tuk in the city!

San Francisco’s ONLY electric tuk tuks are available for private San Francisco tours. Making these six passenger open air vehicles a fun substitute to your typical San Francisco hop on hop off tour.

Customize your private San Francisco tour with Dylan’s Tours to see all the fun things to do in San Francisco; Sutro Bath Ruins at Lands End, Golden Gate Park and down The Crooked Street.

Arrange for your San Francisco private tour to drop you off in time to catch a San Francisco boat tour with Adventure Cat.

Sunset Sails on San Francisco Bay departs daily. Each ticket on this San Francisco boat tour include two drinks and light hors d’oeuvres to enjoy while you tour the San Francisco Bay!

City sightseeing San Francisco tours don’t get much better than this, cheers!


Tower Tours San Francisco

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Price for this San Francisco hop on hop off tour: $95


Tower Tours is the most local of all the big San Francisco bus tour companies.

During the busy summer months, Tower Tours can be a great resource for how to get sold out tickets to Alcatraz because of their  many Alcatraz tours options

Tower Tours San Francisco hop on hop off tours conveniently depart from the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. Easily within walking distance to the best hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco.

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Best San Francisco Hop on Hop off Tours

See all the places your San Francisco hop on hop off tour with Tower Tours will take you.

Not many San Francisco hop on hop off tours make the trek up the hill to see the views from Twin Peaks — but Tower Tours San Francisco does!

With Tower Tours your San Francisco tour will stop for photos at Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge and City Hall.

Best San Francisco Boat Tours

With Tower Tours your San Francisco city tour can be combined with a San Francisco boat tour!

Afterwards, head into the bay on a San Francisco boat tour with Red and White Fleet.

Even if you can’t get ahold of sold out Alcatraz tickets, you can at least enjoy a unique view of Alcatraz Island from the San Francisco Bay!


City Sightseeing San Francisco

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Price for this San Francisco hop on hop off tour: $59


City Sightseeing launched over 20 years ago in Seville Spain and has since grown to over 200 locations. Not quite as impressive as Gray Line Tours 700 locations worldwide!

With City Sightseeing San Francisco you can get some incredible photos from the top of their San Francisco double decker bus tours.

Something many travelers don’t realize about San Francisco hop on hop off tours is that no windows make for some amazing pictures!

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Best San Francisco Hop on Hop off Tours

City Sightseeing offers one of the most comprehensive San Francisco shuttle tours.

Get a comprehensive two day San Francisco sightseeing pass with City Sightseeing San Francisco.

With this San Francisco hop on hop off tour you’ll actually be joining one of the San Francisco comprehensive shuttle tours that covers more ground than any other of the big bus companies.

Three different lines run for this San Francisco sightseeing bus: their Official City Tour, Sausalito Tour,  Parks and Beach Tour and their most popular San Francisco night tour.

Which makes this one tour with the most hop on hop off San Francisco stops!

Or try this 100% local San Francisco city tour & San Francisco night tour

Discover the best San Francisco hop on hop off tours to combine with San Francisco night tours and Alcatraz tickets

See the famous Painted Ladies with a 100% local San Francisco tour

For the best hop on hop off bus San Francisco route map you’ll need to hop off that San Francisco shuttle tour and onto a tour led by real locals.

Team up with two of the best San Francisco tour companies for a 100% local alternative to San Francisco hop on hop off tours!

Start your day on Dylan’s San Francisco & Sausalito Tour exploring all of the iconic San Francisco sites and ending your San Francisco bus tour in Sausalito.

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After enjoying a leisurely lunch in Sausalito (even better yet, dessert in sausalito) you’ll hop on a ferry back to San Francisco.

Both San Francisco ferry terminals are close enough to the historic cable cars and street cars, so be sure to buy your San Francisco trolley tickets for a ride!

San Francisco Night Tours

See the dark side of the city on a San Francisco night tour.

As the sun begins to set you’ll be able to join a San Francisco night tour with Wild SF Walking ToursHaunted San Francisco Ghost Tour.

There aren’t many San Francisco night tours led by boutique tour companies. So don’t miss out!


Hornblower Classic Cable Cars

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Price for this San Francisco hop on hop off tour: $75


San Francisco trolley tours are one way to travel around the city like a celebrity.

Hornblower Classic Cable Car Tours are legendary in San Francisco since they actually look like our iconic cable cars cruising around town.

In fact, these San Francisco hop on hop off trolleys are actually San Francisco cable cars from the 1800s and 1900s!

Back in 1958, Arnold Gridley walked away from a San Francisco auction with authentic cable cars from the California Street line.

Gridley modified these cable cars into motorized vehicles and launched Cable Car Charters. The first of its kind.

For nearly 50 years the Gridley family maintained Cable Car Charters until shortly after Arnold Gridley’s passing in the early 2000s.

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Best San Francisco Hop on Hop off TOurs

See the city in style with San Francisco trolley tours!

Even though the San Francisco hop on hop off tours with Hornblower Classic Cable Cars are normally used for private charter events — there are public San Francisco trolley tours departing daily!

San Francisco excursions with Classic Cable Cars skirt around San Francisco’s tour bus ban by incorporating San Francisco walking tour segments into their tours.

This means you’ll be able to hike into Alamo Square Park for photos of the most famous Victorian homes in San Francisco — The Painted Ladies.


Big Bus San Francisco

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Price for this San Francisco hop on hop off tour: $68


Big Bus Tours started leading sightseeing tours in London in 1991.

These days, Big Bus San Francisco is about as iconic of a San Francisco hop on hop off tour as it gets.

This San Francisco double decker bus tours offer unique photo opportunities from the top of open air vehicles.

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Best San Francisco Hop on Hop off Tours

Cover most of the city on a Big Bus San Francisco Tour.

The very first of the hop on hop off San Francisco stops for Big Bus SF is within walking distance to some of the best hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco.  

Hop on hop off San Francisco style has never been easier with Big Bus San Francisco and their three different tour lines.

Create the perfect San Francisco 1 day itinerary with this San Francisco hop on hop off tour by combining their Red Line San Francisco Day Tour with their bus from San Francisco to Sausalito Green Line.

The highlight of this San Francisco sightseeing pass is the Big Bus San Francisco night tour which goes across the Bay Bridge for photos of the city from Treasure Island!

Or try this 100% local alternative for a San Francisco city tour and San Francisco night tour

Join one of the only San Francisco night tours led by a local San Francisco bus tour company with San Francisco Love ToursLove at Night Tour.

These intimate tours are nothing like your typical San Francisco sightseeing bus because this vintage cars only hold six passengers!

This local San Francisco night tour is the perfect addition to Dylan’s Original City Loop Bike Tour of San Francisco.


Not convinced San Francisco hop on hop off tours are for you?

We get it.

That’s why we have you covered with the 25 Best San Francisco Tours featuring all 100% local tour companies!

If you haven’t found where to stay in San Francisco, be sure to check out our guide to the Best Hotels in Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco. No need to TripAdvisor Best Hotels in San Francisco when your local friends in the city have already found pet friendly hotels, family friendly hotels and more importantly the only hotels with a pool in Fisherman’s Wharf!

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