Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour
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No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to infamous Alcatraz Island, the former prison home of some America’s most notorious criminals. This great value ticket combines the city-wide 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker bus tour and return ferry tickets to ‘the Rock’.
Our guide to Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour
The 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off & Alcatraz ticket is valid for 2 Days and allows you to explore the city at your own pace - see San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus and hop-off at any of the convenient stops around the city.
Explore, sightsee or shop before jumping aboard next bus. The Hop-on Hop-Off ticket is valid for three different routes around the city and there is full narration on board ensuring you do not miss a thing!
2 Day Hop on Hop Off Tour (departs daily every 30 minutes from 9.00am to 5.00pm): Start your tour at Fisherman's Wharf, one of the most vibrant places in the city. Visit the exciting attractions at Pier 39, watch the popular sea lion colony and see many other sights along the waterfront. The open top bus gives you the best views while you drive along the Barbary Coast, the Embarcadero, Ferry Building, Union Square, City Hall, North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park and much more.
Snap a picture of Chinatown's 'Dragon Gates' and try their delicious food, or shop at Union Square in many of its luxury stores. Take a stroll around Alamo Square to see the world-famous Painted Ladies Victorian houses, also known as "Postcard Row". In Haigh Ashbury you will be taken back in time to the “Summer of Love”, surrounded by colorful murals and fine art dedicated to San Francisco’s hippie culture.
The highlight of the tour is the ride across San Francisco’s most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. While crossing the 1.7-mile span on an open-top bus you will have breathtaking views of the bridge, Alcatraz Island and the stunning skyline. Hop off at North Vista Point to take your best selfie, or walk across the bridge high above the bay.
Enjoy the great views of San Francisco's City Hall, the Opera House and Symphony Hall along the Civic Center. Escape to Golden Gate Park to explore one of the largest urban parks in the world. Stop at its popular museums and attractions, the California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the de Young Museum, or enjoy the long hiking trails, bike paths, lakes, waterfalls, and much more.
If you stay on the bus for the full tour, you can see all major sites of San Francisco in 2 hours, but with your flexible 2- day ticket you are free to explore the city on your own pace and hop on and off the bus as often as you like for two days. The tour guides or audio commentary provide fun and informative insights about San Francisco while you enjoy the most amazing views from the open top deck of the Double Decker bus.
Duration: 2 hours if staying on the bus for whole loop
Alcatraz Audio Tour Alcatraz is San Francisco's most famous attraction. Start your tour by boarding the ferry at Fisherman’s Wharf and sail across the bay to visit “the Rock”, San Francisco’s infamous prison island. Once on the island, enjoy the amazing views of San Francisco’s skyline and explore Alcatraz on your own pace with the award winning self-guided audio tour inside the prison cell-block (available in various languages). Learn about the history of Alcatraz and stroll around the island until you are ready for your escape, taking the ferry back to San Francisco.
San Francisco Night Tour
This live narrated 60–90-minute tour of San Francisco shows you the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city. With spectacular views from an open-top Double Decker bus, the tour covers all major sites of San Francisco. Departing from Fisherman’s Wharf, it takes you up to Nob Hill to see California Street with its famous Cable Cars and the impressive Grace Cathedral. After passing through Chinatown and the Financial District, we cross the magnificent Bay Bridge with its spectacular art installation of lights that has become San Francisco’s most iconic light sculpture at night.
From Treasure Island enjoy the best views of the sparkling skyline with amazing photo opportunities. On the way back the tour continues along the waterfront, passing the Embarcadero and Ferry Building before returning to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.
Your ferry ticket for Alcatraz will be confirmed for the date you request at the time of booking, but the actual time will not be advised until you reconfirm online . The hours before your cruise self-guided audio tour gives you the flexibility to stay on the island as long as you like.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Cancellation Policy: Fully refundable if cancelled with the supplier more than 30 days prior to your tour. 50% cancellation fee applies for bookings cancelled between 7 and 30 days of your tour. Non-refundable within 7 days of your tour.
- The date you select on the calendar is your reserved Alcatraz date. You will need to reconfirm online for the exact time of your cruise. The bus tours are flexible and can start on any day, except Christmas Day.
- This ticket must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your planned visit to Alcatraz.
- The All Loops Tour portion of your ticket is open-dated and can be used at any time. The All Loops Ticket expires 2 days after first use.
- The All Loops portion of the tour does not run on Christmas Day.
Frequently Asked Questions for Alcatraz with 2 Day Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Do I need to detail a specific date for my tour?
The date you select on the calendar is your reserved Alcatraz date. You must reconfirm your Alcatrax cruise 72 hours in advance, online, to find out the time of your cruise. The bus tours are flexible and can start on any day, except Christmas Day.
- Is there a limit to the number of times I can get off and re-join the tour bus?
No, you can get off and on the buses as many times as you like over 2 Days