There are dozens of tour operators in San Francisco offering hundreds of combinations of tours to see the city. These tours whisk people around San Francisco and the surrounding areas by bus, trolley, boat, foot, bike, electric bike, duck boat, Segway, or even a VW Beetle.
To pick your favorite mode of transportation, and what to explore, we recommend checking out Trip Advisor’s Top 10 San Francisco Tours, Yelp, or the San Francisco Travel Association to find a good for you.
Below are a few of the most popular and where to score nearby parking:
City Guides – this free tour is operated by a non-profit organization dedicated to “sharing the fun of discovering San Francisco.” This group offers dozens of tours and maintains a detailed schedule. Their tour of Nob Hill looks especially fun, and Nob Hill is a great neighborhood really get a feel for San Francisco. The best place to park for this tour is: Nob Hill Garage at 875 California Street, just across the street for the starting location of the tour.
Dylan’s Tours – this group provides tours of they city by bus or bike and have a great reputation. To see as much as possible without breaking a sweat, check out their Famous 6-Hour Tour. You’ll go all over the city and even spend an hour in Muir Woods. There are two pickup and drop-off locations for the tour:
- Fisherman’s Wharf at 1300 Columbus Avenue – The Anchorage Square Garage at 500 Beach St. is a great place for this stop. If the lot is full, or you miss the entrance, no problem, there are plenty of garages in this area to park during your tour.
- Union Square at 427 Post Street – The Garage at 433 Mason St. is only .1 miles from this spot with easy access and a great location to other attractions in Union Square.
San Francisco Electric Tours Company – a family operation for more than 22 years, this tour company takes visitors around the city via personal Segways and offers packages to visit Alcatraz and other destinations to combine with your city-bound tour. Their Advanced Hills & Crooked Street Segway Tour stands out as great way to explore San Francisco’s unique urban terrain. This tour is for advanced Segway riders looking for a thrill! The tour starts at Fisherman’s Wharf VIP Office, 417 Beach Street. The Anchorage Square Garage at 500 Beach St. is a great place for this stop as well
Real SF Tours – this group offers four walking tours in San Francisco. Their Real Downtown Tour includes a good mix of the Financial District, distinct neighborhoods like Chinatown and SOMA, with must-see tourist stops like the Cable Car and Painted Ladies. The tour meets at Market and Drumm Streets, right next to the clock on the pole. Parking garages can be found a couple blocks southwest of here on Front Street, look for garages at 132 Front Street and 36 Front Street for great parking near this tour.