Taking San Francisco by Bus

Jordan and I spent 2.5 weeks in April and May of 2016 driving the coast of California. If you’d like to start at the beginning click here.

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

After our first full day exploring San Francisco, Jordan and I realized my energy level was tapering off. Hello third trimester! We still had a lot of ground to cover, but we quickly realized our game plan had to change. So we did something we’ve never done on vacation, ride a hop-on-hop-off bus tour!

Usually, in large cities, we opt for walking or public transportation though I will say San Francisco’s public transportation isn’t the easiest to maneuver. We thought riding the bus, would not only give my legs a break, but be a new and interesting way to hear facts about the city. And we were right!

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

We researched different tour companies the night before and chose to purchase the tickets in advance. Honestly, it isn’t necessary but this allowed us to map our stops for the day. The bus we chose takes you through the major hits: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Ghiradelli Square/Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, Haight/Ashbury and Union Square. I know very little about San Francisco, so I rather enjoyed hearing from the tour guides.

We did one full loop and on the second go-around made our stops. I’m breaking our bus tour into several posts, since we were able to cram a lot of sightseeing in one day! I’m beginning with Fisherman’s Wharf and more photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge is truly magical. If we visit San Francisco again biking across would be really fun.

I really wanted to eat at Boudin Bakery on the Wharf, but we passed through during the wrong time of day. Thankfully, there are plenty of other places to eat sourdough bread!

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour    San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

San Francisco Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf

12 thoughts on “Taking San Francisco by Bus”

  1. I would like to bike across the bridge, too. We rented bikes near Ghirardelli Square and headed that way, but that was the summer I’d hurt my back and I couldn’t go more than half way before I felt like it was a good idea to turn back. One day! There’s even a ferry in Sausalito that will bring you and the bike back.

  2. Gorgeous photos! The bus tour sounds like it was a great idea. Pregnant or not, San Francisco is a tough city to navigate with all those hills! We only spent about 24 hours there on our trip a few years ago, and I regret not spending more time! I’ll definitely consider this next time I’m there. I’m hoping to get there next year!

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