San Francisco

San Francisco Grand City Tour

San Francisco, USA
San Francisco Deluxe Half Day City Tour

From $69.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, and exploring neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to the Aquarium of the Bay.
  • Tour all the city highlights, including Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Enjoy photo stops at the Golden Gate Bridge and other landmarks
  • Optional upgrades for a cruise, bike rental or aquarium admission
  • A private tour means a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury coach
  • Narrated bus tour of San Francisco + Plenty of photo stops
  • 4h Bike Rental (if option selected)
  • Bay Cruise if option selected.
  • Aquarium of the Bay Entrance Fee if option selected.
  • Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
  • Food and drinks.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off Not included

Meeting and Pickup

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What To Expect

Your tour starts with pickup from Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf by air-conditioned bus. With your driver-guide, travel through Golden Gate Park, checking out the ample green space, windmills at Ocean Beach, and the bison paddock.

Drive down city streets lined with the colorful Victorian and Queen Anne homes that San Francisco is known for, and hear from your guide about the area’s history, from the American Indians to Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush. Ride along the Barbary Coast, and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll stop at Vista Point for a photo op.

Other sights you see include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio (a former Army post and now a national park site), Fisherman’s Wharf, and the neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach. Look out at Alcatraz Island, and stop at Twin Peaks (weather permitting) for a panoramic view that can’t be beat.

Optional upgrades include a cruise on San Francisco Bay to take in the sights from a different vantage point; a half-day bike rental to cruise around at your own pace; or admission to the Aquarium of the Bay to learn about native marine creatures.

Gray Line San Francisco (Pass By)

Van Ness Avenue (Pass By)

Cow Hollow (Pass By)

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Golden Gate Bridge

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Presidio of San Francisco (Pass By)

Lands End

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Golden Gate Park (Pass By)

Haight-Ashbury (Pass By)

Twin Peaks

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Castro (Pass By)

Embarcadero Farmer's Market (Pass By)

Mission District

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Financial District (Pass By)

Chinatown (Pass By)

North Beach (Pass By)

Fisherman's Wharf

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Union Square

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact us 48 hours prior to tour date to confirm your exact departure location (2 options)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring your paper or electronic voucher with you on the day of your tour to be redeemed upon pickup or check in at one of our tour offices.
  • Stroller accessible
  • If you choose the option that includes the Aquarium of the Bay Admission, please visit their site for Aquarium of the Bay hours.
  • Service animals allowed
  • If you choose the option that includes the Bay Cruise Adventure, please visit the Blue & Gold site for the seasonal schedule.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If you choose the option that includes the 4h Bike Rental: Bike reservation is not mandatory but we always recommend a reservation in order to hold you bikes and streamline the pick up process. Contact for booking confirmation at specific time.
  • Stops with Photo opportunities at: Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Twin Peaks, Land’s End Ocean Beach (Sutro Baths) & Mission San Francisco de Asis (Mission district)
  • Information if you choose tour with 4h Bike rental: For all riders’ safety, Unlimited Biking do not recomend any riders who are 300 pounds and over as this exceeds the weight limit the manufacturer has advised for the bike’s build. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we do prioritize your safety during the ride.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Reviews

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See all the sights
Julie_G, Mar 2024
Very informative and visit a lot of places. Highly recommend . Lots of photo stops. Loved the Twin Peaks stop - fantastic view.
It was a fun experience, came back to our hotel with a wealth of information and a great feeling of money well spent
Monique_L, Feb 2024
We had a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. She knew and answered our questions in a very professional way .
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Hi Monique_L I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. We hope you'll come and see us again soon!
A great trip.
David_H, Dec 2023
It was a great trip, booked last minute. Saw a lot of sights, the guide was excellent, very knowledgeable. The only thing I'd say is I wish the bus would pause, even for a few seconds so there is more opportunity to take photos when sights are pointed out.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Hi David_H, We're thrilled that you enjoyed the trip and found our guide excellent and knowledgeable. Your feedback about having more opportunities for photos is valuable, and we'll take it into consideration for future improvements. Thank you for choosing our tour, and we hope to welcome you again for more fun in the future.
Fantastic!
Chaitra_N, Sep 2023
I totally enjoyed the SFO City tour with informative tour guide Michelle and ever smiling driver Tony. The bus stopped at important spots, went slow around places that had significance and got to learn so much about SFO which would have got missed if ventured on own. Definitely recommend this trip for first time tourists.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Hello Chaitra_N, We're delighted to hear that you had a great time on the San Francisco Grand City tour with informative guide Michelle and cheerful driver Tony. It sounds like you had a comprehensive and enjoyable experience learning about the city's highlights and history. Thank you for sharing your recommendation, and be sure to think of us during your net visit to San Francisco.
Enjoyable scenic, bold driver
Bruce_K, Aug 2023
Awesome driver and guide. Saw new parts of San Francisco that are hard to get to and you might miss on your own. Lots of walk around, and bathroom stops. Driver navigated Golden Gate Park driving through a 100,000 person festival so we could see the park.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Bruce_K, We're pleased that you had an awesome experience with our driver and guide during your San Francisco Grand City tour. It's wonderful that you got to see unique parts of the city that might be hard to discover on your own. We're glad you appreciated the walk around, bathroom stops, and even navigating through the festival for a glimpse of Golden Gate Park. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback and be sure to come back for another adventure with us.
Not satisfied
Kaye_B, Jul 2023
A lot of what you stated in the tour description was not fulfilled. The tour guide was not very enthusiastic.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Hi Kaye_B, We apologize for any discrepancies between the tour description and the actual experience. We're sorry to hear that the tour guide's enthusiasm did not meet your expectations. Your feedback is valuable, and we'll use it to improve our services and ensure a more fulfilling experience for our customers in the future. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Excellent time
Lynne_S, Apr 2023
Michelle was a great tour guide and we had amazing weather which is always a bonus. A great way to see San Francisco
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dear Lynne_S, Thank you for sharing your feedback and it makes us feel so happy that you enjoyed our San Francisco Grand City Tour. Thank you also for the kind words about our tour guide, Michelle. Our team works hard to give our customers the best experience. We hope to serve you again soon!
Fruitful city tour
Stella_H, Feb 2023
Thorough concise SF city tour we had a very knowledgeable tour guide Joseph and our lovely driver Gerald 😍 a great way to explore the main attractions of San Francisco
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Dear Stella, We appreciate your feedback and it made us feel so happy to see that you enjoyed our San Francisco Grand City Tour. Thank you for choosing Gray Line and for giving us a 5-star review. It was a pleasure serving you. We hope to welcome you back again soon!
Wonderful
Benita_R, Dec 2022
Everything was awesome and the guide Michele was knowledgeable and fun. Would highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Benita, Thank you for sharing your experience with us and choosing Gray Line to bring you to the San Francisco City Tour. Thank you for the compliments to Michele, our your guide. It was a pleasure serving you. We hope to see you again soon.
city tour
Melanie_T, Nov 2022
our driver Archie was very informative and very friendly taking us to all the best sights in san francisco
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Melanie, We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed San Francisco City Tour and look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Excellent guide & tour...
Cyrus_F, Oct 2022
Excellent guide & tour driver.. Very informative & fun trip.😁😁😁😁😁🎈🎈🎈I’m recommending this trip to my friends in Alaska.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Appreciate your review and support, Cyrus! Thanks for recommending our service to your friends. Any bit of awareness helps us a lot. Hope we can welcome you back soon Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Cancelled without Notice
Carl_C, Sep 2022
We arrived at the pickup point and were told that the tour had been cancelled months before. Which was odd because my credit card was charged the day before the tour was to have begun.
Worth the experience.
Craig_G, Aug 2022
We had an EXCELLENT tour GUIDE with a thorough knowledge of the city and its history. It was a joy to listen to him tell all about the famous buildings and landmarks.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Craig, We’re so happy to hear you had a great experience at San Francisco Grand Tour. Your review made our day! Our whole team works very hard to keep our customers happy, but we can only do it thanks to amazing customers like you. Thanks again, and we hope to serve you again soon. Sincerely, Gray Line San Francisco
Best city tour, enjoyed every minute.
PRADIPKUMAR_M, Aug 2022
Tour guide Michelle gave in depth history of San Francisco City. Bus was comfortable. Pick up was good. Enough waiting time to see all places. The oldest building 1788, was memorable.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Pradi, I shared your comments with our entire team at Gray Line San Francisco. When we hear from happy customers like you, we spread the positivity around! Hope to serve you again soon.
Great views
MariaTerersa_T, Jul 2022
The places that they took us were beautiful, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The bus was very timely, but we only stayed in each place for around 15-20 minutes. One of the only things that I will say about this was that when we were off the bus, the tour guide didn’t have a microphone so it was difficult to know whether or not he was speaking. So some times we would just be taking photos without knowing that he was speaking. We also took the bay cruise, the views were wonderful; however we couldn’t hear anything on the speakers while we were sitting/standing outside.
Bus / ferry tour combo
Filipe_S, Jul 2022
We got the combo, bus city / ferry bay tours. Thebus tour was great, a lot of explanations on the city history and the spots. The only thing is get a jacket, even in the summer you can get 50F during the day. Also the food Fog is unpredictable so be aware that you might not see all the spots, specially the golden gate Bridge. The bay tour was not so great, the company did not know how to proceed with the viator ticker and how to redeem it. The trip around the bay is ok but you get to hear (if you go close to the speaker) the same thing that was explained in the bus tour.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi Filipe_S Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. We're happy to see that you enjoyed our city tour. Unfortunately, the weather in San Francisco changes a lot, and you always need to carry a jacket. Hope we can welcome you again soon. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
San Francisco: I Don't Know How To Quit You!
Roman_C, Jul 2022
This was my tenth trip to SF. I had always wanted to visit the Palace of Fine Arts. To my surprise, that was one of the stops. It is very beautiful. The weather was quite cool...in total contrast to the sweltering temperatures in my hometown of Austin, Texas. I'd like to recommend the Snow Garden restaurant in Chinatown. It's a small place that serves a delicious sweet and sour chicken with steamed rice.
Great tour!
Jerome_A, Jun 2022
Was a wonderful tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and we went to a lot of places we never would have thought of! Highly recommended.
This tour was a wonderful...
Argelia_A, May 2022
This tour was a wonderful choice for my friends and I, the guide was a wonderful person, really enjoyed it, the driver was amazing too , I would give them my 5 stars but I have a little inconvenience because they forgot to give us our voucher for our Bay Cruise so we had to make some phone calls but hey, they were very nice and they help us right away to fix this little inconvenience, so if you are going to have a Bay Cruise don’t forget to ask for them right away ,, but everything was AMAZING!!!!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Argelia_A Thanks for your kind words about our tour. I'm glad to hear that our customer service department could resolve your inconvenient quickly. Hope to welcome you back again Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Joseph the tour guide and...
Gary_P, May 2022
Joseph the tour guide and James the driver were awesome! My friend and I really enjoyed the city tour.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Gary Thanks for your lovely comments about Joseph and James performance. They, with their knowledge, give extra value to our tours. All the best, Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
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