Guided tour

San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

From US$ 49 per person

Enjoy the beauty of San Francisco by night on this panoramic tour. Listen to the commentary of a professional guide as you take in the sights from an open-top bus. See Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and more!

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • See the City by the Bay at night from an open-top bus
  • Visit historical Nob Hill, and see spectacular Grace Cathedral
  • Cross the Bay Bridge and take in breathtaking views of the city from Treasure Island
Full description

This panoramic night tour of San Francisco takes you from San Francisco Visitor Center at Fisherman's Wharf to the Presidio. Enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Marina Green and Crissy Fields. Next, reach the top of California Street on this 1-hour tour to see Grace Cathedral and historical Nob Hill. Then head downtown to capture the city skyline, the Bay Bridge, and the AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

Cross the Bay Bridge for views of the city from Treasure Island. Once the bus returns to the city, continue along the Embarcadero and admire the lights of the Port of San Francisco. A courtesy shuttle will take you back to Union Square at the end of the tour.

  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Blankets

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Meeting point

The bus departs from 99 Jefferson St (corner of Jefferson and Mason Streets).

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Bring a warm coat, as it can get quite cold at night
  • This is not a hop-on-hop-off tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 49 reviews

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I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Being a solo traveler, I was able to see much of San Francisco in one shot. The driver (forgot his name) was funny and attentive. I adored him. The tour is narrated via earbuds & pre-recorded audio. I made the mistake of sitting upstairs. I had no idea we were going across the Bay Bridge. Quite scary being so close to the ceiling of the bottom level with no bus ceiling for cover. Also, going down those hills while sitting on the top level is roller coaster-ish. I hate roller coasters. I don't know what I was thinking. Still, although I scared myself a few times, I would totally do this trip again, from inside on the 1st level. It's COLD up top, especially across the bridge and this was July 25, 2021. Wear sunglasses if sitting up top & a hoodie you can tighten.

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August 2, 2021

This is a wonderful and easy way to get a taste of San Francisco-it’s history, the people, the streets, and glorious views! Using the earphones as a type of self guided trip as we were driven through the city and different places of interest was an excellent way of showing us tourists what this area had been and is. We can highly recommend this venue as one of the first ways to tour. Be sure and layer well as it can get cold at night on top of an open air bus, bring a blanket, and be sure and leave a gratuity to the driver who deftly steers through the different and very interesting locations.

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July 26, 2021

We really enjoyed the evening tour. San Francisco seen from Treasure Island is breathtaking. The Big Bus staff were very friendly and outgoing. We absolutely recommend this experience by suggesting that you cover up well because, in addition to being quite cold, crossing the Golden Bridge is very windy.

August 3, 2022

Product ID: 12547