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    Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour & California Academy of Sciences

    Instant confirmation E-Voucher Saver Combos

    Activity Schedule

    • When does it run?


    • Duration

      Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Valid for 1 or 2 days (as per the option chosen)

      California Academy of Sciences: Stay as long as you wish

    • Start time

      Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour:

      Red route (day tour): 10am - 5pm, every 15 minutes and Blue route (night tour): 6:30pm (with premium and deluxe ticket)

      California Academy of Sciences:

      Mon to Sat: 9:30am to 5pm and Sun: 11am to 5pm

      Please note that timings are subject to change. 

    • Meeting Point

      Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Hop on the bus at any of the stops to start the tour.

      California Academy of Sciences: Exchange your voucher for admission at the “ Ticket Office Service Desk”, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, 94118.

    • Ending Point

      Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour: Hop off the bus at any of the stops.

      California Academy of Sciences: Same as the start point.

    Key Highlights

    • The ultimate saver combo: Enjoy a San Francisco Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour with a visit to the California Academy of Sciences
    • Hop on and off the bus at well-placed stops to visit attractions of your choice
    • See the best of the City by The Bay over 1 or 2 days and across over 20 stops
    • Enjoy audio commentary on the bus and see attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Little Italy and more
    • Visit the California Academy of Sciences and explore a 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium
    • A fun and educational experience for families—there's something for everyone to enjoy
    • Enter the world's largest all digital planetarium for an astronaut's view of Earth
    • Step inside the rain forest and look for frogs, chameleons, and free flying birds and butterflies
    • Both printed and smartphone vouchers accepted!


    Save money and discover San Francisco on a Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour and visit the California Academy of Sciences.

    Big Bus San Francisco Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour:

    Experience the best of San Francisco with the Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour! Hop on and off as you wish and personalize your sightseeing experience visiting the attractions of your choice over 1 day or 2 days.

    While you take in the sights, you can listen to a recorded commentary in a choice of 10 languages.

    There are three ticket options you can choose from:

    • Classic Ticket: 1-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Day Tour (Red Route) + Bike Rental Buy 1-Hour and Get 1-Hour Rental Free
    • Premium Ticket: 1-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Day Tour (Red Route) + Night Tour (Blue route) + Bike Rental Buy 1-Hour and Get 1-Hour Rental Free
    • Deluxe Ticket: 2-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Day Tour (Red Route) + Night Tour (Blue route) + Bike Rental Buy 1-Hour and Get 1-Hour Rental Free


    • Golden Gate Bridge
    • Treasure Island
    •  Fishermen's Chapel
    • Palace of Fine Arts
    •  Union Square
    • Chinatown
    • Washington Square
    • North Beach, Little Italy

    California Academy of Sciences General Admission:

    Explore an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and natural history museum all in one day. Meet Claude, the American alligator with albinism, hang out with the African Penguin colony, and the 38,000 other live animals.

    Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, located in the center of beautiful Golden Gate Park, the Academy will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe.


    • 1-day or 2-day San Francisco hop-on, hop-off ticket
    • Buy-1-Get-1 Bike Rental Offer
    • Night Tour - with Premium and Deluxe tickets
    • Pre-recorded commentary in (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese)
    • California Academy of Sciences admission


    • Admission to attractions, unless specified

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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!)

    After your booking, you will receive separate vouchers for each activity. Please keep the vouchers handy and present it to the respective activity operators on the day of your visit.

    Both activities are valid for the date you selected for the booking and tour option you selected.

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour:

    Validity: 6 months from the date chosen at the time of booking

    Wheelchair accessibility: Yes

    Timings and stops 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.

    Don’t forget to arrive at least 20 - 30 minutes before the departure time for your Night Tour to avoid missing out on the best seats.

    California Academy of Sciences:

    Redemption instructions: Exchange this voucher for admission at the “Ticket Office”, located at the left side of the main entrance of California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

    No refunds or exchanges for lost or stolen vouchers.

    Masks will no longer be required indoors. Academy staff will continue to wear masks in indoor public areas, and we still strongly encourage all guests ages 2+ to mask up.

    Proof of full vaccination required, boosters strongly encouraged but not required.

    Customer Reviews

    • Stella Nojiri


      United States 05/21/2018
    • Margaret Butler
      Great tour experience.

      I liked the tours with live tour guides rather than the audio tour. Regardless, we had a good experience. Big Bus made good use of our time by running enough buses to minimize...

      United States 09/21/2017
    • Pietro Orizio


      Italy 08/17/2017

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