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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Chicago, United States
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while audio commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
  • See top attractions like Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
  • Capture unobstructed views from the open-top, double-decker bus
  • Learn about Chicago’s sights and history from the onboard audio commentary
  • Choose a Classic, Premium or Deluxe ticket to suit your schedule

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A full circuit introduces you to the city’s top attractions, with none of the logistical headaches.
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Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
Audio Guide
Live Bus Tracking
7.30pm Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour included with Deluxe only (1st May - 31st October 2021)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Please note Deluxe Inclusion - Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour only runs 1st May - 31st October 2021

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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.
Q:
How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:A bus arrives approximately every 30-45 minutes.
Mar 2022
Q:
Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:You can simply show a printed or electronic version of your ticket at any of the stops to board the bus.
Mar 2021
Q:
How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:Our pre-recorded audio guide will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.
Mar 2022
Q:
How long is one full circuit of the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:A full round trip takes approximately 2 hours if you do not get off on any stops.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:No pets are allowed onboard the bus, except ADA service animals.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off 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 Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure you get your Viator voucher validated before trying to board bus." See review
  • "It’s the best way to get the greatest views on the upper deck of a Hop on Hop off in the shortest time, with the least cost too!" See review

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star-5
Great experience
Sonji_P
, Aug 2022
Candace was an excellent tour guide. She cracked jokes, gave us plenty of history about the sites & gave us time to take quick pics! We had a great time!!
star-2
Bad trip
etsegenet_a
, Aug 2022
Poor voice quality, the driver and ,the driver and the narrator on head phone spoke at the same time. One of the female driver was rude
star-5
Excellent
SioeLing_W
, Aug 2022
Easy to reach everywhere And also so informative Would love to do it again when I’ll be back to Chicago
star-5
A great way to see the city.
LaDonna_O
, Aug 2022
The usual sights were great. Millennium Park, the Water Tower and sights of the city. Our first and third drivers were fun and spoke clearly. A thunderstorm rolled in and staff at the Millennium Park stop made sure those who were waiting out the storm got on the next bus.
star-5
Gotta Ride the Big Bus
Donna_D
, Aug 2022
Easy, fun and informative way to see the city! Chicago is a beautiful city with so much to see and do! The Big Bus gets you there and you decide when to get off and back on!!
star-3
Glorified city bus ride
Christina_S
, Jul 2022
A glorified city bus ride. Would have gotten just as much out of the tour riding a city bus. Hopped on #stop 4 around noon The driver , he was funny, witty, we’d go through the lower decks of roadways and he’d holler like we were on a coaster . He’d tell us when to break out the cameras and what site we were coming up on Unfortunately we had to switch buses at the end of the tour or wait around a 1/2 hour to resume . We opted to get on another bus, tipped him and he gave us recommendations where to eat . The rest of the day, the drivers said absolutely nothing . The bus we got on , the lady hands us ear buds and says she doesn’t like talking on the intercom so we can listen to the tour, I felt like I was listening to a kids interactive video . Was so childish , not anything really about what we were seeing . The only thing this tour was good for was not having to drive in Chicago or park. Not like the hop on / hop off trolleys offered in places like Charleston and at Augustine where the tour drivers actually enjoy their jobs
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Not worth the money
Angie_S
, Jul 2022
While the big bus tour is definitely a great way to see the city, and provides an opportunity to get off at popular locations, I would not recommend this particular tour. There was no communication while on the bus, if you didn’t listen to the headphones, and several of their pick up spots were not marked in the afternoon. Twice at at a scheduled stop we had to get on another bus from the one we originally on and there was little communication as to why. The staff working the sites were not the most friendly and it was quite disappointing to blindly get in and off in a city we didn’t know. We took an architectural water tour later in the day with another company and that was the way to go!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
What a great time on the...
Ann_G
, Jul 2022
What a great time on the hop on hop off bus 🚌 seeing the Chicago sites! We even had a resident of Chicago with us and she enjoyed it.
star-5
A good ride
jeannine_t
, Jul 2022
Everyone has been so nice and helpful. I would recommend the big bus to anyone even if ya have small children.
star-1
Waste of time and money
Bill_J
, Jul 2022
Rude driver. Summer in Chicago. No AC. Wouldn’t let anyone crack a window. Drivers name: Evertt. He said if “we wanted air we should’ve got on a different bus.” I was with my 80 year old mother. I got off and walked. Wasted every penny I paid for this
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Friends and family had...
Joyce_N
, Jul 2022
Friends and family had greatly recommended the tour bus as the best way of seeing chi Town, and I wasn't disappointed. Had a really good time viewing the city
star-3
Chicago
Carmen_W
, Jul 2022
Not impressed with the route. Expected to go to old town, Polish, China town, etc. Recording and driver talking over each other. Hard to understand.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Bus was okay. There was...
Tia_C
, Jul 2022
Bus was okay. There was no instructions for the audio no anyone advising to grab any headphones so we didn’t even know any were provided. The buses also end too soon. Why is it ending at 5 pm on a summer day. It just made it more difficult to get around. Play the buses did not run every 15 minutes. They were actually pretty unpredictable
star-4
On the move in sunny Chicago
Paul_M
, Jul 2022
Great loop around Chicago to get a feel for the city. The pre recorded narrative was a bit on the weak side, but the staff was very welcoming. A bit hard to believe that the bus we were on was sent out in +90 F temperatures with inoperative AC system. But would recommend as a precursor to walking the city.
star-3
The doormen Were super...
Trisha_T
, Jul 2022
The doormen Were super awesome and the 14 layer cake! The front desk staff were great as well. Great location
star-5
Memorable
Deandre_S
, Jul 2022
Candace was super awesome! She was a lively and fun tour guide. She took her time explain to everything and she enjoyed doing it.
star-5
Enjoyed more than expected
Katrise_R
, Jul 2022
8 of us were sightseeing and this bus tour was priced reasonably so we figured why not. Loved the ability to hop on and off at all the stops. We all enjoyed the informative audio (fun and included music) and some drivers were entertaining. Definitely bring a hat though!
star-5
Great trip
John_M
, Jul 2022
We able to show out of town visitors a large part of Chicago without having to use our vehicle. Very informative.
star-2
Wanting a live tour guide
Nina_R
, Jul 2022
I have done several hop on hop off tours and the bus driver would tell us where all the stops are . The ear plugs were Difficult to understand plus lots of commercials to listen to . I really liked the experience of the live tour guide bus drivers telling us the landmarks
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Okay but not great
Ruta_S
, Jul 2022
Great wait of getting around to all the major sites in the city. They provide guy with ear buds to give you history of the buildings, however tour was better when each bus had a tour guide narrating the tour with information about the sites.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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