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Big Bus SF’s Classic Ticket vs. Dylan’s Famous Tour, which one of these San Francisco bus tours is really the best?

Choosing the right San Francisco bus tour can be challenging. Especially when there are hundreds of SF bus tours to choose from. You can choose from a variety of styles of tours including San Francisco private tours, San Francisco movie tours, San Francisco shuttle tours, or even a San Francisco hop on hop off tour. 

In our newest blog series, we’ll be helping you choose the right tour for your visit and find out which tour is the best bus tour of San Francisco. In each of our San Francisco bus tours reviews, we’ll be comparing the most important factors of any San Francisco guided tour: cost, tour length, SF tour bus, and which must-see locations are included in the tour.

Today, we’ll be comparing two of the most popular San Francisco guided tours, Big Bus San Francisco and Dylan’s Tours. Before you grab a San Francisco tourist pass and hop on hop off San Francisco map, let’s see which of these San Francisco tour packages offers it’s travelers more and deserves the title, best SF bus tour

 


Big Bus San Francisco’s Classic Ticket

Cost:

$35 for adults, $42 for kids 5-15.

Length:

24-hour ticket.

TripAdvisor Rating:

#93 out of 310 best bus tours of San Francisco

Only 52% of this San Francisco bus tour reviews are five stars

100% local guide?

Only if you’re lucky! Big Bus San Francisco sends out every other bus with a live tour guide. So you run a 50/50 chance of hopping on a bus with a headset audio tour. In that case, we suggest hopping off 😉

Mission District Murals?

No. The Big Bus is, well, big. Too big to effectively maneuver through this beloved neighborhood to explore all the hidden murals, so it is not included in their bus tours of San Francisco.

Twin Peaks?

No. You won’t find any double-decker tour buses rolling up the hill to see the incredible views of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the East Bay from Twin Peaks.

Haight Ashbury?

Not really. The Big Bus SF stop to explore the Haight Ashbury is a one-mile hike uphill to get to the actual intersection of Haight and Ashbury.

Golden Gate Park?

Yes, kind of. This hop on hop off San Francisco tour stops outside of Golden Gate Park, not actually inside the park. The stop has now been relocated to just outside of the park on Fulton and 8th Ave.

Mrs. Doubtfire’s House?

No. The house from one of Robin Williams’ most iconic movies is off-the-beaten-path of typical SF tour routes. Most San Francisco bus tours skip over this part of town.

Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes. Big Bus San Francisco has stops for photos at each of the parking lots for the Golden Gate Bridge. These are the most popular (aka most crowded) stops for pictures of the bridge, and you will most likely not be the only Golden Gate Bridge tour bus there. 

Sausalito?

No. Big Bus SF has a different line, the Green Route, that takes travelers to Sausalito. To visit Sausalito, you will have to pay for an upgrade to one of their most popular San Francisco Bus Tours  Deluxe Ticket which is $75 for adults and $54 for kids.

Muir Woods?

No. Big Bus San Francisco offers a separate Muir Woods tour which is $65 for adults and $42 for kids 5-15.

Alcatraz?

No. Big Bus SF offers a separate Muir Woods & Alcatraz Tour that is $150 for adults and $110 for kids 5-11.


Dylan’s Famous Tour

Cost:

$79 for adults, $59 for kids under 11

Length:

About 3.5  hours

TripAdvisor Rating:

#2 out of 151 outdoor activities in San Francisco

94% of its San Francisco bus tour reviews are five stars

100% local guide?

Always! Most of our guides are born and raised right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. No headsets are required for this tour, making it the best bus tour San Francisco has.

Mission District Murals?

Yes. San Francisco guided tours often overlook this neighborhood. Locals know the Mission District for its thriving mural and street art community going back to the 60s. Our 100% local guides stop at their favorite murals during Dylan’s Famous Tour.

Twin Peaks?

Yes. Twin Peaks usually ends up being our guests’ favorite photo stop, and unfortunately, it isn’t on most other tours. From the top of this hill on a clear day, you’ll be able to see clear across the San Francisco Bay and out across the Pacific Ocean.

Haight-Ashbury?

Yes. Our tours stop right at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury.

Golden Gate Park?

No. You’ll have to ditch the tour bus and hop on our electric bike tour of San Francisco, the Original City Loop Tour ($99 for those 12 and up) for a guided tour of Golden Gate Park.

Mrs. Doubtfire’s House?

Yes, kind of. We don’t stop at Mrs. Doubtfire’s House, but we drive really slow through the intersection so you can grab some photos.

Golden Gate Bridge?

Yup. Dylan’s Famous tour is so special because we stop for photos beneath the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point. It’s about as close as you can get to the bridge without getting in the water. This part of GGB is not nearly as crowded as the more popular bus tour stop.

Sausalito?

Yes. After exploring San Francisco, your local guide will drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and drop you off in downtown Sausalito. You’ll be able to enjoy a leisurely lunch along the waterfront where you’ll find stunning views of the Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline. How do you get back to SF? Just head over to the Sausalito Ferry Terminal and catch a scenic ride to either Pier 39 or the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Muir Woods?

No. But, you can upgrade your ticket to one of Dylan’s other San Francisco bus tours, Famous Tour + Muir Woods ($119 for adults and $69 for kids under 11) and continue from Sausalito on to the stunning Muir Woods National Monument.

Alcatraz?

No. If you would like to see San Francisco, Alcatraz, Muir Woods & Sausalito, take a look at our ultimate full day trip in San Francisco, Dylan’s A Day in the Bay Tour ($169 for adults and $109 for kids under 11).

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Want more information on different tours in San Francisco? Don’t forget to check out our other blog posts!

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Best Alcatraz Tours

Best Bike Tours in San Francisco 

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