Hop on Hop off bus tour in San Francisco
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2013 10:48 AM Last Post By: ibilile
Feb 4, 2013 10:53 AM
Feb 4, 2013 11:18 AM
1I don't think I've ever seen a recommendation for such a tour on Thorntree.
Here are some Yelp reviews of hop on, hop off tours.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Feb 4, 2013 2:41 PM
Feb 4, 2013 2:45 PM
Feb 4, 2013 7:57 PM
4Unless you have trouble walking, these are terrible IMO. Get out and see the streets, building and people, walk, take trains, busses, ferries and taxis. Hop on Off...why in my visits to London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, NYC, Wash DC, San Fran, Chicago, Boston, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Honolulu..I have never needed, wanted or even thought, about a hop on off tour? Ugghh
Feb 4, 2013 8:55 PM
5No need for a hop-on, hop-off bus. You can see the highlights of downtown San Francisco just by hopping
on the Cable Cars. Catch the Powell street Cable Car at Union Square and ride it over Nob Hill past the
Fairmont Hotel and the historic Flood Mansion-- over Russian Hill and past views of Coit Tower, the crookedest-street-in the-world and onto Fisherman's Wharf. From here, it's just several blocks to North
Beach, Chinatown and the Jackson Square Historic District, where much of the surviving pre-1906-quake architecture survives. The allure of The City is revealed when you take a stroll--
Feb 4, 2013 9:05 PM
Feb 4, 2013 9:17 PM
7That's true, Nutrax. Could be the OP is time-challenged, or overwhelmed by all the attractions of The City
or just not up to being on their feet all day. There are circumstances that warrant a bus tour. If you want to get
out to Alamo Square or The CLiff House -- a bus tour makes sense, for sure.
Feb 4, 2013 9:47 PM
8In case you do you feel like huffing and puffing over a hill or two, there are free San Francisco neighborhood tours (several each day) narrated by locals who are so into their hometown, they volunteer to give these
highly-rated tours. Their website is SFCityGuides.org
Feb 4, 2013 11:19 PM
9Yes, you certainly can get around by transit, but perhaps the OP is interested in the narration that comes with a hop on, hop off bus.
Could be right ... we took the Circle Line Cruise right round Manhattan ... I thought it would be as cheesy as anything, but the narrator was fantastic. Would recommend it to anyone. However the hop-on hop-off buses in NYC are a nightmare, from our observation. We chatted to plenty of disgruntled punters standing in very long queues waiting for the next one to come along. And NYC doesn't warrant a bus tour really - the subway and a pair of feet are all you really need.
Feb 5, 2013 7:19 AM
10There are several Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour companies operating in The City. OP may want to google them up and read reviews of them on Yelp. The quality of the narration is really dependent on who you get as the bus driver. You could get a recommendation for a particular bus company but then get a driver whose narration is lacking. Yelp has reviews which allude to this, with one reviewer also suggesting the buses get slowed down by weekday traffic and another saying they aren't always available to hop back on when you
think they should be--
Feb 5, 2013 10:48 AM
11Thanks for your replies.
We are travelling with a 5 year old boy and will be jetlaged (coming from Germany), so for one day, it would be nice not to walk to much and hear some interesting comments about the city.
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