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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
  • Explore San Francisco by restored VW bus and enjoy access to places larger buses can't reach
  • Stop for photo ops of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Painted Ladies
  • Hear about the city's history while listening to songs from the 1960s and '70s
  • Sip provided California white wine and local craft beer on the afternoon tours
  • Choose between a shared small group tour or a private tour just for your own party

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

These VW buses only seat up to seven people—making this a super-fun and intimate San Francisco experience.
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Small group tour
Professional Tour Guide
Bottled water
Local Bottled Craft beer and Wine on the afternoon tours
Access to local vintage points where large buses are banned from
Alcoholic Beverages

Departure Point

427 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Union Square Pickup location: 427 Post Street, right across from Morton's Steakhouse

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

1300 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

1300 Columbus Ave, directly in front of Hotel Caza on the sidewalk in the white loading zone. If you are standing with the hotel to your back, to the right is a small park and to the left you will see the pyramid building in the distance.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum number of 2 people applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Portable wheelchair ok
  • Booster seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Recommended tip amount :$15-$20 per passenger. (Did you know that tips make up a large amount of our tour guide income in the US?)
  • Note that each vehicle seats up to 7 people total. We can still accommodate larger groups seated in separate vehicles.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Everyone in your group needs to complete our digital waiver.
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID 19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath won’t be able to participate.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask while inside the bus. We will have extra masks for purchase in case you have forgotten yours. Hand sanitizer will be provided.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Painted Ladies Tour Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "It is also nice to be able to bring luggage onto the tour." See review
  • "Picture perfect weather, a GREAT guide (from Austria) made for a delightful tour!" See review
  • "This is definitely a great way to venture out across the city." See review


661 Reviews
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My SF visit
, Jan 2022
View from the hill of the city. This is not a glam tour. No refreshments. Vehicle is not comfortable .
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Mary! So sorry you did not enjoy the tour. We understand that this tour might not be a right fit for everybody. Even though our buses are fully restored and modernized ( disc breaks, new engines, new stereo systems, interior reupholstering seat cushions and wall panels, new carpets… you can even charge your cell, phones with our USB charging ports) they are not the modern vehicle we are so used to be in. And that is the charm for our customers as these buses are rare to find and transport you to the summer of love era. On this tour we visit about 18 different neighborhoods that you get to explore so it’s a lot more than just a view of the hill. Our wish and vision is to spread joy one tour at a time. We will follow up with our guide as well and make sure that that is what you got and continue to improve. May you be well and at ease.
Reccomended tour for SF highlights
, Jan 2022
Sam was a great tour guide, humorous and knowledgable. A Must in this city that has so much to see and it s useful for the first day so then you can deepen what you loved
Sam and “Daisy” made it the best tour ever!
, Jan 2022
This was the best tour!!! Sam was our tour guide and she was EXCELLENT. From the pickup throughout the tour, Sam amazed us with her knowledge of San Francisco. Her love of the city was evident in the way she described the city, its people, history and culture. This tour is a must for anyone traveling to San Francisco…. I highly recommend it.
A Great Tour.
, Jan 2022
Our tour guide Sam, was amazing. She is very personable, knowledgeable with a sense of humor. The time went very fast. We viewed areas of the city no other tour went. Definitely worth the time and money.
, Dec 2021
Armondo was one of the BEST tour guides! He was so knowledgeable, personable, and interesting! We enjoyed seeing some SF sights we had already seen with a fresh perspective and marveled at several new places such as the Fine Arts Palace, Lombard Street, and Twin Peaks. We extend a heartfelt thanks to Armondo for making our day a VERY memorable one! We highly recommend this tour and Armondo!!
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Great tour
, Dec 2021
Great tour for first-time travelers. Armando our tour guide was knowledgeable, weather would have been better.. but can't complain
Great way to see the high lights of SFO!
, Dec 2021
Great way to get a good feel for San Francisco. We took it on our first day in the city and are so glad we did... It helped us know what areas we wanted to visit during the rest of our visit. Sam was a very good tour guide! The only reason for four stars is we never went to Fisherman's Wharf which was a bit disappointing. Our trip was cut short but we had the advantage of being the only family on the tour that morning so that was fantastic. It was a fun trip even though it was raining, Sam made the best of it!
Tour with Miss Rosie!
, Dec 2021
Sam was our tour guide! She gave us a lot of great history on San Francisco and made the tour really fun. It was so nice of her to offer to take pictures of us in front of the sites, as I was a solo traveler. I'd definitely recommend this tour for anyone trying to explore the city.
A great way to see the city
, Dec 2021
This a great tour to see all the cool tourists spots in a fun van! We had Armando as our tour guide and he was amazing! He shared a lot of knowledge of the city and answered any questions we had. He also takes great pictures which is a bonus! We did the afternoon tour which included wine. Overall, a great tour with an awesome guide. 10/10 recommend.
Best way to get a snapshot of San Francisco
, Dec 2021
I took this tour with my mom on our first day in San Francisco and it was the best decision! We were exhausted from our flight but Sam kept us engaged and excited the whole time we were in Rosie—the cutest pink VW! It was the best way to hit all the hot tourist spots around the city in about 3 hours so we could get a feel for every neighborhood. Definitely take this tour! Thanks Sam!

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