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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?


  • Duration

    Valid for 48 hours from the time ticket is redeemed.

    Night tour: 60-90 minutes

    Alcatraz tour: Stay as long as you like.

  • Start time

    Hop-on, hop-off tour: 9am - 5pm, every 15-20 minutes 

    Night Tour: 6:30pm. In the summer, there are additional departures at 7pm and 7:30pm (depending on demand).

    Alcatraz Island: Timings vary seasonally - Cruises run throughout the day, every 30 minutes

    Since these tickets are always in high demand, we will only be able to confirm the precise date after your booking is completed while the exact time will be given on the day of your visit.

  • Meeting Point

    Redeem your hop-on, hop-off voucher and collect your Alcatraz tickets from Skyline Sightseeing, Pier 41 (at the corner of Jefferson St. & Powell St.), San Francisco, CA 94133.

    The Alcatraz ticket needs to be picked up on the day of your visit, between 8 - 10am.

    Hop-on hop-off tour: Departs from 99 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94133. Hop on the bus at any of the stops.

    Night Tour: Departs from Fisherman’s Wharf.

  • Ending Point


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


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

This fantastic City Tour gives you full flexibility to 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 free cruise to and from Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 33.

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. 


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


  • Meals and Beverages
  • Hotel transfers

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Please note

Voucher Type: Paper

Please redeem this voucher with our partner at least 72 hours prior to your booked Alcatraz tour date by checking in online via this link: Should you experience any issues with the online check-in process, please email anytime between 7 days and 72 hours prior to your departure with the subject line “RECONFIRMING ALCATRAZ”, including in the email the lead name on your booking, the date of the tour and the number of people in your party. You will then receive all necessary information for your Alcatraz tour accordingly.

Audio commentary is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), and Korean with live guide in English.

Validity: 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking

Wheelchair accessibility: Yes

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

The bus tours are first come first serve.

The Walking tour begins at Union Square.

Carry a jacket as it can get cold on the bus & ferry.


Don’t forget to bring a government-issued photo ID on the day of your tour.

The tour is often sold out in advance and reservations are necessary.

IMPORTANT: Departure times for Alcatraz Island ferry cannot be given until a few days prior to your tour.

The departure times are allocated automatically and can vary for each party. Please keep your day flexible and do not book this tour for the day of arrival or day of departure in San Francisco because the tour to Alcatraz can be any time of the day.

We do NOT offer any Alcatraz night tours.

You must check-in with the tour provider prior to your tour in order to receive your tickets and find out your specific departure time on the day

The Alcatraz departure time will be provided to you upon redeeming your voucher in San Francisco and cannot be changed. The departure can be at any time of the day, so please do not book for arrival or departure day.

Children under 5 years of age are free.

Once you reach Alcatraz Island you can stay as long as you like! Ferries return every 30 minutes.

Health and safety measures:

Face masks are required for travelers in public areas. Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff,

Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Gear/equipment sanitized between use, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands, Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms, Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

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

  • 4
    Would have liked more opportunities though was only able to a cess the bus for one day not two
    08/27/2019 John Mander,
  • 4
    Great way to see the city.
    06/06/2019 Maria Kimball, Canada
  • 4
    Once we were<br />Able to get the tickets verified the cruise and bus tour were excellent
    05/23/2019 Mary Chancellor, United States

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