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Why Skip The Bus?

1. Small Groups:
We operate small tour groups to offer a more personalized, interactive experience with better access to unique locations and a smaller environmental impact.

2. Award Winning:
Awarded with Best Of The Bay: Best Tour of San Francisco the last 4 years and Best of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 by TripAdvisor.

3. Great Deal:
We provide exceptional value by offering longer tours at competitive prices, surpassing others that charge similarly for shorter trips.

4. 100% Refund Guarantee:
Get a 100% refund up to 48 hours before departure, and for last-minute cancellations, consider our affordable booking protection.

5. Independently Owned:
Unlike many other San Francisco tour operators with external shareholders, Skip The Bus is locally owned by a former National Geographic Expeditions guide who still leads our tours.

6. Your Experience is our Top Priority:
From our convenient meeting location to each stop on your tour, our goal is to make your tour fun and enjoyable.

Do We Have Picture Stops?

Of Course! We know all the best spots and your guide can even snapped the pics for you! No selfie stick required. 🙂

Where Is The Pickup & Drop-off Points?

For San Francisco Tours (Multi-day tours see below):

Our tours pick-up in a convenient location in Fisherman’s Wharf. Your confirmation and reminder emails will contain the exact address and best ways to get there.


We drop you off at the pickup spot!

Why don’t you provide hotel pick-ups:

One central pick-up location in Fisherman’s Wharf enhances the tour’s quality. Avoiding multiple pickups and traffic ensures a smoother, more enjoyable start for our guests.

Is there a parking garage near the starting point:

Certainly, there are numerous parking garages close to our meeting point. We recommend this one but advise arriving early due to potential traffic congestion at the pier.

For Multi-day tours:

Pickup info will be in booking confirmation email.

How And When Should I Book A Tour?

We’re one of the Top 10 Tours on TripAdvisor and very popular so its recommended to book early, Especially for the summer.

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What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

Get a 100% refund up to 48 hours before departure, and for last-minute cancellations, consider our affordable booking protection.

*Please note for any tour involving Alcatraz, we require 7-days notice. Due to Alcatraz Cruises policies.

Why Is It Better To Book Directly At

Booking directly through our website offers several benefits:

  1. Direct communication: We can easily reach out to provide meeting details, last-minute updates, and tour tips. Third-party bookings may lack your contact information, hindering communication.
  2. Hassle-free cancellations: Booking on our website ensures quicker refund processing compared to external bookings, which may take several days.
  3. Full support: Our team is available for assistance, whether you book online or over the phone, offering recommendations and travel guidance.
  4. Fair pricing: Booking through our website helps us keep tour prices competitive by avoiding a 30% commission fee we incur associated with external bookings.

Are The Tours Child Friendly?

For San Francisco Tours (Multi-day tours see below):

Yes! With that said, please be considerate of the other guests when traveling with young children. In such an intimate setting, it is important that everyone is well behaved so that all of the guests can enjoy their experience.

Do we provide car seats?

No, we do not provide car seats, so please bring your own. To ensure a pleasant experience for all guests, please assess whether your child can remain peaceful throughout the entire tour.

Do I need to purchase a seat for my baby even if the baby is on my lap?

Yes, everyone requires a seat by California state law.

For Multi-day tours:

Children below the age of 18 are NOT allowed on tours. (unless its a family style tour)

Still Have Questions?

Contact us by phone, email or the contact form below.


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