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Why Skip The Bus?

1. Small Groups:
We’re more about personalization than numbers. We care more about making sure everyone has a great experience than how many people we can fit into a bus.

2. Award Winning:
Just recently awarded with Best Of The Bay: Best Tour of San Francisco and Best of 2019 & 2020 by TripAdvisor.

3. Great Deal:
Our van tours are priced to give you a tour of San Francisco at a better price than the most of tours available.

4. 100% Refund Guarantee:
Change of plans? We’re happy to refund your entire tour with 24 hours advance notice.

5. Independently Owned:
Most of the tour operators in San Francisco aren’t even locally owned. In fact, most of them have large stock holders to make happy. Skip The Bus is locally owned by a former National Geographic Expeditions guide who still works as one of the guides!

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. We have thought of the small things so you don’t have too.

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 can drop you off in Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, near Lombard Street or Chinatown.

Why don’t you provide hotel pick-ups:

We find that having one convenient pick-up location in Fisherman’s Wharf improves the quality of the tour.

Picking up multiple individuals before starting the tour would not be a pleasant experience for any of our guests, and sitting in traffic is not something we want you to start your tour off with.

Is there a parking garage near the starting point:

Yes, there are several parking garages located near our meeting point.

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.

You can book here

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour*.

All tours cancelled within 24 hours of scheduled departure are non-refundable.
We also offer rescheduling options for a future tour date without penalty.

*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

When you book directly through our website it allows us to provide the best possible customer service, including:

1. Emailing or calling you directly to communicate our meeting location, last-minute details and tips about your tour. If you book with a 3rd party, we don’t receive your contact information and may not be able to get ahold of you.

2. Easy cancellations; when booking outside of our website it takes several days to get your money back to you should you need to cancel.

3. We’re here to help. When you book with us on the web or over the phone our team is here to help every step of the way – from hotel and restaurant recommendations to the best way to get to San Francisco from the airport.

4. The ability to keep our prices fair; when you book outside of our website we pay a 20% commission and therefore have to increase the cost of our tours.

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?

We do not offer car seats, so you will need to bring your own. Again, out of courtesy of other guests that will be along with you on the tour, please consider if your child will be able to be peaceful for the full 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 10 are NOT allowed on tours.

Still Have Questions?

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


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