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Planning a trip to San Francisco? Check out our list of the best San Francisco tours that all come highly recommended and offer the most unique and fun ways to see San Francisco in a day!

There are over 300 different companies offering various selections of San Francisco Tours. You’ll find a variety of San Francisco bus tours, bike tours, and even tuk tuk tours. There are also some great hop on hop off San Francisco tour options! 

So, how do you choose the best San Francisco tour with so many options?

If you’re looking for the top San Francisco tour options, we’ve got you covered with this list! We think each of these adventures provides great insight into the city, and Viator San Francisco seems to agree, since several of these tours are listed as top Bay Area attractions.

To help travelers visiting San Francisco better understand what each tour offers, we’ll be comparing specific San Francisco bus, bike, and tuk tuk tours. We’ll also note if these tours stop at some of the must-see locations like the ancient redwood groves in Muir Woods, the infamous former prison on Alcatraz Island, the murals of the Mission District, the panoramic views from Twin Peaks, the old hippie hangout Haight-Ashbury, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and the often overlooked Golden Gate Park on the far western side of the city. 

At the end of the article, we’ll also discuss a great Wine Country tour option. For those who want to take a trip out of the city during their stay, this is definitely one of the best trips from San Francisco!

We want you to have all the important info needed to make a decision on what type of tour to take, so that your San Francisco sightseeing excursion is as smooth and easy as possible. So, we’ve also noted the type of tour, the departure time, the length of the tour, and pricing for each tour.

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DYLAN’S TOURS SAN FRANCISCO BUS TOURS


Our locally-led minibus tours are some of the top-rated San Francisco city tours!

On the ride, our guides aim to give a comprehensive overview of the city to groups of no more than 14 people. We feel that this small group size assures that our guests are comfortable, well-looked after and are having fun! So, you won’t find any overcrowded big bus San Francisco tours in our selection of SF packages.

Instead, we offer a unique and friendly setting you won’t find anywhere else. In fact, our small group minibus tours are considered some of the best TripAdvisor things to do in San Francisco!


Dylan’s Famous Tour

Time: Departs daily at 9:30am

Length: 3 hours

Tour Type: Minibus

Price Range: $59-$79

Tour Stops: Fisherman’s Wharf, Marin Headlands, North Beach, Chinatown, City Hall, Twin Peaks, Haigh Ashbury, The Mission, The Castro, Pacific Heights, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Presidio, Fort Point, Tenderloin


Dylan’s Tours has been leading 100% local San Francisco Bus Tours for over a decade. Our famous tour of San Francisco lasts about three hours and has been our most popular bus tour of San Francisco for over ten years!

On this San Francisco bus tour, we’ll explore the most iconic city sights such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight-Ashbury, the Marin Headlands, and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge.

We’ll also take you to some less well known destinations throughout the city. So, you can discover the murals of the Mission District, the bird’s eye view of the city from Twin Peaks, the mansions on Billionaires Row, and the charming coastal town of Sausalito. 

Along the way, you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity, and geography of the area. Because all of our tours are led by locals, this is a great way to get a local take on SF and see the city from an insiders perspective! You’ll also be sure to get some amazing recommendations for restaurants and other things to do in San Francisco.

While this isn’t as flexible as a hop on hop off tour, we will make several stops so you can take photos and do some on-foot sightseeing in San Francisco! After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, our last stop of the day will be the beautiful coastal town of Sausalito, where we encourage you to grab lunch and enjoy the waterfront views.

Then just hop on a ferry, call an Uber or Lyft driver, or rent a bike to get back across the Golden Gate Bridge and complete your tour of San Francisco.

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Famous Tour with Muir Woods

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Time: Departs daily at 9:30am

Length: 3 hours

Tour Type: Minibus

Price Range: $69-$119 + $15 admission to Muir Woods

Tour Stops: Fisherman’s Wharf, Marin Headlands, North Beach, Chinatown, City Hall, Twin Peaks, Haigh Ashbury, The Mission, The Castro, Pacific Heights, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Presidio, Fort Point, Tenderloin, Muir Woods


If you want to take your San Francisco tour a little further, our tour with Muir Woods is one of the best Bay Area tours that includes a stop at this magnificent national monument! 

First, we’ll meet you outside Fisherman’s Wharf at 9:30am. Your guide will be wearing a Dylan’s Tours shirt to help you spot them easily.

After a brief roll call to make sure everyone is present, we’ll hop on the bus and travel to our first stop. Over the next 7 hours, we’ll explore the ins-and-outs of the city, and you’ll learn all about the neighborhoods, culture, history, and architecture of the area. 

Our San Francisco bus routes are specifically designed to give our guests plenty of opportunities to hop on and hop off the bus. While we can’t afford to spend a lot of time at each stop, we will be sure to give you an opportunity to take photos and we’ll even help you capture a memorable group photo! 

After cruising across the Golden Gate Bridge, we’ll travel from San Francisco to the coastal town of Sausalito. We recommend that you pick up some lunch at one of the fantastic local delis, and then spend a bit of time enjoying the waterfront views!

After boarding the minibus, we’ll head over to our last stop. This San Francisco sightseeing tour wraps up in the beautiful Muir Woods Redwood National Monument. We’ll have taken care of your reservation to the park already, so you can just spend your time enjoying this stunning national monument!

We’ll hop on the tour bus one last time, and make our way back across the bridge and over to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, where we’ll drop you off at the same location where you boarded the bus.

This tour is recommended on TripAdvisor as one of the best San Francisco tours, and tickets sell out quickly! So we recommend booking as soon as you know the dates for your vacation to San Francisco, CA.

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Famous Tour with Muir Woods and Alcatraz

Time: Departs daily at 8am

Length: 10 hours

Tour Type: Minibus

Price Range: $109-179 + $15 admission to Muir Woods

Tour Stops: Fisherman’s Wharf, Marin Headlands, North Beach, Chinatown, City Hall, Twin Peaks, Haigh Ashbury, The Mission, The Castro, Pacific Heights, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Presidio, Fort Point, Tenderloin, Muir Woods, Alcatraz


Dylans Tours is the only Bay Area tour company offering San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Alcatraz in one day! If you want to experience some more action-packed excursions from San Francisco, this is the best tour for you.

We’ll start the day at 8am outside of Fisherman’s Wharf. One of our local guides, wearing a Dylan’s Tours shirt, will meet you there and conduct a brief roll call. Then we’ll board the bus and start exploring! 

We’ll spend the morning visiting famous sites in San Francisco, and along the way, you’ll learn all about city’s history and culture from your guide. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to hop on and hop off the bus, take photos, and even wander around a bit!

After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, we’ll give you some time to enjoy the coastal town of Sausalito on your own. Since we still have two lengthy stops to make, we encourage you to grab a bite to eat at one of the local delis and spend some time taking in the beautiful waterfront views. 

Then we’ll board the bus again and head over to Muir Woods where you’ll have over an hour to explore the coastal redwoods. Finally, we’ll cruise back across the bridge where our minibus will drop you at Pier 33, the Alcatraz departure point. 

We’ll have taken care of your Alcatraz reservations ahead of time, so you can just board the ferry for the official tour of the island.

While this ten hour San Francisco sightseeing bus trip with Muir Woods and Alcatraz makes for a long day, it’s the only one of the many Bay Area tours that offers both of these national park sites in one day! So, if you want to do some major city sightseeing in the US, this is a great option.

Still not convinced to sign up for this complete San Francisco tour package? Check out our Alcatraz tours reviews on TripAdvisor to see if this tour is right for you!

See two of the Bay Area’s most famous national park sites, Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island, in one day! Don’t wait, tickets sell out quickly.

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San Francisco Adventure Tour

Time: Departs daily at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

Length: 90 minutes

Tour Type: Open Air Minibus

Price Range: $39-$49

Tour Stops: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, Pacific Heights, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, Palace of Fine Arts, Nob Hill, Presidio, Lombard Street


Looking for a quick way to explore the city? Our 90-minute tour is perfect for those who don’t have much time for touring San Francisco.

Even though we won’t spend a lot of time together, we will cover a lot of ground! On this open air city tour of San Francisco, our 12-passenger bus will visit several of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods and landmarks. During our stops at the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Heights, you’ll also have opportunities to step off the bus and capture photos of your trip.

At the conclusion of this San Francisco bus tour, we will drop you off at Capurro’s in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf. After more than an hour cruising around the city, this is a great place to enjoy a cocktail or lunch!

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SAN FRANCISCO BIKE TOURS


Looking for more athletic San Francisco excursions? We also offer a selection of local-led electric bike tours for some fun outdoor sightseeing! 

If you want to take a San Francisco guided tour and still feel like you are authentically experiencing the city like a local, these bike tours are a great option. 

Or, if you want a self-guided tour of the city, you can check out our bike rental shop to get set up with a standard or electric bicycle for DIY San Francisco trips!


City Loop Electric Bike Tour

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Time: Departs daily at 9am

Length: 6 hours

Tour Type: E-bike

Price Range: $109

Tour Stops: Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, the Painted Ladies, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Marina, Chinatown, North Beach, Fort Point, Aquatic Park, Palace of Fine Arts, Ocean Beach, Sea Cliff, Legion of Honor.


Zip up San Francisco’s infamously steep hills on electric bikes with our Original City Loop E-Bike Tour.

This 6 hour long tour covers 30 miles of San Francisco’s parks and neighborhoods. But don’t worry about it being too strenuous. Our E-bikes make the trip effortless—you don’t even have to pedal!

In fact, this has been voted our most fun San Francisco city tour, and is a great way to experience the city like a local.

First, we’ll meet up at our bike rental shop on Columbus Avenue to get you set up with a bike and go over basic safety precautions. Then, we’ll hit the roads together!

We’ll literally go off-the-beaten-path to discover parts of San Francisco tour buses are banned from. Over the six hours of this San Francisco bike tour, we’ll bike along the waterfront to see the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, the ruins of Sutro Bath, the entire length of Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, and more. We’ll even stop for photos at the “Full House” House. 

Along the way, we’ll make frequent stops to talk about the significance of the areas we visit, as well as a stop for lunch. This tour is the perfect combination of adventure and information, and definitely one of the most fun ways to bike ride in San Francisco! 

Reserve your spot to pick up some wheels and see the city sights like a local!

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Bike the Bridge & Shuttle to Muir Woods

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Time: Departs daily from 9:15-10:30

Length: Varies

Tour Type: Combo E-bike & Minivan

Price Range: $85-105 + $15 admission to Muir Woods

Tour Stops: Self-guided bike tour, Muir Woods


There might be a lot of tour companies offering San Francisco bike rentals to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, but there’s only one San Francisco tour company who lets you drop off bike rentals in Sausalito and then catch a private Muir Woods shuttle!

Our Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods is the only combo tour of its kind: bike rental from SF to Sausalito, private shuttle from Sausalito to Muir Woods, and final destination drop-off back in San Francisco!

For this day trip in San Francisco, you can stop by our rental shop to pick up your bike anytime between 9:15 and 10:30 AM. We offer both electric bicycles and standard 7 speed bikes. 

When you’re choosing which bike to rent, just keep in mind that there are a few steep hills to tackle while sightseeing in SF. So, if you’re concerned about the ride being too strenuous, we’d recommend choosing an E-bike. You won’t even have to pedal, and they’ll make the trip much more relaxing and fun!

We’ll talk you through some basic safety precautions, tell you about our recommended route, and offer suggestions about some key places you may want to see along the way.

Then you’re on your own to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and make your way down to Sausalito! While cruising through the city, be sure to hop off your bike as often as you want to take photos of the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate Bridge. 

After making your way across the bridge, enjoy a leisurely downhill ride to Sausalito. Here, you can drop off your bike, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the charming waterfront town.

At 2pm, be ready to catch our private guided shuttle to Muir Woods Redwood National Monument. During the drive, we’ll suggest plenty of trails to follow and other things to do in Muir Woods. After more than an hour exploring the magnificent redwoods, our private shuttle will take you back to Fisherman’s Wharf to finish up your sightseeing adventure!

Our combo Muir Woods and San Francisco sightseeing tours are a one of a kind adventure. Come explore Northern California with us! 

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SAN FRANCISCO TUK TUK TOURS


Looking for something a little more unique than the standard San Francisco tour bus? 

Our private tuk tuk open air city tours of San Francisco are a memorable way to see the city. These little electric rickshaws, commonly seen in parts of Asia, seat up to 6 people and are an eco-friendly mode of transportation.

And, we’re the only company in the Bay Area offering San Francisco tuk tuk tours. So you really will experience an exclusive city tour of San Francisco!

The best part? Tuk tuks aren’t under the restrictions of the standard San Francisco big bus tour. This means that they can go places larger tour buses can’t, like down the famously crooked Lombard Street!

So if you’re working on planning some one-of-a-kind San Francisco activities, you may want to consider booking one of our private tuk tuk tours.


Customizable San Francisco Highlights Tour

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Time: Departs daily at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm

Length: 2 hours

Tour Type: Private Tuk Tuk

Price Range: $300-$350

Tour Stops: Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Pacific Heights, Mrs. Doubtfire House, Chinatown, Financial District, Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Presidio, Haight Asbury, City Hall, the Castro

Includes: Hotel pick-up, optional brewery add-on


On this private San Francisco vacation package, we’ll meet you and up to five of your friends or family members at your hotel in the Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square area. Then we’ll board the E-Tuk and travel to our first stop!

During the outing, your guide will share stories, history, and recommendations about some of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods. 

We will be sure to show you our favorite points of interest in San Francisco, and help you capture a memorable group photo. We’ll also give you some great restaurant recommendations along the way, and if you’re feeling thirsty you can even add on a brewery stop!

Then after two hours exploring together, we can drop you anywhere in the downtown area.

Ready to see the city like a VIP? Get in touch with us to reserve your spot on one of our private tuk tuk tours!

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Tuk Tuk Brewery and Eatery Tour

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Time: Departs daily at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm

Length: 2.5 hours

Tour Type: Private Tuk Tuk

Price Range: $400-500

Tour Stops: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Haight Ashbury, The Mission, Nob Hill

Includes: Hotel pick-up


Are you looking for tour options that include both taste-testing and sightseeing in San Francisco? We’ve got you covered with our private tuk tuk culinary tours!

On our food and drink sightseeing tours, we’ve combined our two favorite things: San Francisco, and local eateries and breweries! Each of these unique excursions in San Francisco showcases the incredible food culture of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

These tours depart at 9am, 12pm, and 3pm. We’ll meet you and up to five friends or family members at your hotel, then we’ll board the E-tuk and get started!

You can choose from breakfast, lunch, and afternoon brewery tours. If there is a particular eatery or brewery you’d like to visit, just let us know and we can even customize your tour to San Francisco so you can sample eats and brews from the places at the top of your list.

During your tour, your guide will share about the city’s history and offer additional restaurant recommendations for your stay. We’ll also help you capture a memorable photo of your trip, so you won’t forget this unique San Francisco activity!

Ready to do some sight seeing and taste testing in the city? Get in touch with us to reserve your spot on one of our brewery or eatery tours!

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SAN FRANCISCO TO WINE COUNTRY TOURS


Sonoma and Napa Valley Combo Tour

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Time: Departs daily between 8am-9am

Length: 8 hours

Tour Type: Minibus

Price Range: $109-149

Tour Stops: Golden Gate Bridge, Peter Cellars, Nicholson Ranch, Starmont Winery & Vineyards, Oxbrow Market

Includes: Hotel pick-up


Do you plan on heading up to Wine Country during your vacation to San Francisco? These small-group Napa and Sonoma Valley Winery tours are some of the best Bay Area tours for visitors who want to sample the country’s best wine!

For these Wine Country tours from San Francisco, you’ll be picked up at your hotel between 8am-9am, where you’ll board the minibus and travel to the first stop, the Golden Gate Bridge. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to hop off the bus and capture some memorable photos of this iconic landmark!

After boarding the minibus again, you’ll make your way to the first winery stop in Sonoma. Over the course of the day you’ll be visiting three favorite wineries in the region, as well as making a stop at the Oxbow Market for lunch. 

While the wineries are subject to change if needed, the tour will most likely stop at Peter Cellars, Nicholson Ranch, and Starmont Winery & Vineyards. At one of the wineries, you’ll also be treated to a detailed description of the wine making process! 

At the end of this amazing Wine Country and San Francisco bus tour, you’ll be dropped off at the same location where you boarded the bus.

Ready to see Wine Country? Reserve your spot on a small group Sonoma and Napa County tour today!

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There you have it, our favorite tours for the best sightseeing in San Francisco! Did we miss any favorite tours of yours? After being in the San Francisco tourism industry for more than a decade, we feel confident that these recommendations will help you to make the most out of your time in the city! 


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