San Francisco

Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Van Tour

Badge of ExcellenceSan Francisco, USA
Skip The Bus San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by luxury minivan. This half-day, small-group tour takes offers the perfect city overview. Stop for photo opportunities at some of San Francisco's most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks, and learn more from your guide's stories. By the end of the tour, you'll have seen the best of the City by the Bay.
  • See San Francisco in style and comfort by luxury minivan
  • This tour is perfect for first-time or time-pressed visitors
  • Learn stories from your guide you wouldn't encounter on your own
  • Enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Phone Chargers
  • Gratuities
  • You must provide your own child seat and reserve a spot for the child

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • PIER 39
    The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    In front of Hardrock Cafe there is a white loading zone for buses and vehicles. Please be there at least 15 mins before tour time. Tour leaves promptly at designated time. If you arrive earlier we suggest checking out the famous sea lions!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
Operated by San Francisco Tour Company

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.

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586 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Best tour ever!
James_K, May 2024
The best tour I have ever been on. The pace, knowledge on city, snacks were all done with care. The number of stops was spot on for us. Highly recommend!
Great tour guide
Susan_H, May 2024
Saw everything important including all the neighborhoods and landmarks. Learned lots of background and insider tips! Just fun!
Go where the buses can’t.
natalie_p, May 2024
Exception tour provided by Brian. Prompt , friendly meeting at Pier 39 then the tour began. So much to see, no rushing, loads of information, history and knowledge of the area. Brian’s enthusiasm for his city is profound and makes him THE best tour guide and a wonderful ambassador for San Francisco. His car is spotless and comfortable and he provided “local nibbles” for the tour. We highly recommend this tour and enjoyed going where the busses couldn’t !!!
Fun in San Fran
Ronald_A, May 2024
Friendly guide and educational experience, would recommend , good sunny day without fog, good stories
Brian was the best. His...
Bill_T, May 2024
Brian was the best. His local knowledge was amazing. He made the tour extremely interesting and fun.
Cheryl_C, May 2024
Great tour and Brian was an excellent host. He was very personable, extremely knowledgeable of the area and made it fun. Snacks were really good also.
Perfect way to see San Francisco in an afternoon!
VictoriaL_A, May 2024
My group enjoyed our afternoon tour of San Francisco with Brian. He shared a wealth of information about the various sites and areas throughout the City. It was the perfect way to see SF without the hassle of large groups and buses.
Highly recommend Brian and The San Francisco Tour Company Is awesome.
Ken_L, May 2024
Brian was an awesome narrator with a lot of fun facts and figures. Van got us to a lot of great venues that a larger tour bus couldn’t or wouldn’t. . Going with a smaller tour company like Brian and his company, The San Francisco Tour Company, was a lot more personal and educational. You can see Brian’s experience as a former guide for National Geographic come through. No shortage of information and tips.
Best Tour for San Francisco
Eleanor_V, May 2024
Brian was so knowledgeable, pleasant & accommodating on everything in SanFrancisco. Pace of tour was relaxing. We learned so much history of SanFrancisco that we were not aware of. We loved everything about this tour.
Super Tour
Adrian_B, May 2024
Super tour director. Very congenial, knowledgeable. He personalized the tour. Fast moving but at a páce that was just right. He provided snacks and water. He was able to take us to places that larger tour vans/buses do not have access to. We were more than happy the the cost. He supplemented what we saw with many photos and video clips which added a lot. Hardto imagine a better tour. Highly recommended.
Go for it
Elizabeth_H, May 2024
Brian was an excellent guide and due to the small car was able to take us to places the coaches couldn't get to.
Great sightseeing start
Kimberly_N, Apr 2024
Great way to get an idea of what want to see more of after the tour. Tour guide was very informative and let us know about history as well as current day sights. Even shared some treats from local artisans.
The best sightseeing tour ever!
Marion_S, Apr 2024
Relaxed tour of San Francisco with all the important sights and viewpoints. Thanks to Brian for this great city tour! We would never have seen so much with a large coach.
Chrysoula_S, Apr 2024
Great tour in San Francisco! Brian is awesome! A lot of great tips to explore the city. We learned a lot.
Best SF Tour!
Harry_F, Apr 2024
Brian, the owner and tour guide, was fantastic!! After several visits to SF, he took us to spots I’ve never seen. His knowledge of SF and its quirks was tremendous. There were only 4 of us in the group, which added immensely to this experience. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this tour!!!
A must do tour!
Kathy_F, Apr 2024
Awesome tour if you are short on time. We got to see lots of places that you would not see on the big tours. Only 5 people per tour. Bryan was so knowledgeable about the history. A must do tour!
Learn the Best of SF
Chalika_R, Apr 2024
Excellent experience! Must do!! Highly recommended 👌 👍 👏 💯 Thank you for a wonderful time- great day!
Small group tour
Karanda_e, Apr 2024
If you are looking for a tour without large groups, this is your tour! Brian takes you to each area of the city to tell you the history of San Francisco and current day. He is well prepared and even started early since everyone was there! The van was extremely comfortable, and he brought snacks for us to help us better understand the history and significance of food.
Excellent tour of San Francisco
Christopher_N, Apr 2024
Brian was an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide showing us the local sites around San Francisco
Phenomenal tour of all the best San Francisco spots
Jeanne_B, Apr 2024
Brian was an AMAZING tour guide of all the best San Francisco spots. He was incredibly knowledgeable about SF and so interesting! I was sorry for the tour to end.

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