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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

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San Francisco, United States
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 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Painted Ladies Tour Company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
What is the maximum group size during Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

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


554 Reviews
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Great Time
, Sep 2021
First class tour service in a vintage VW. We really enjoyed this way to see the city sights. Really appreciate the last minute rescheduling because of flight delays.
Lead traveler
, Sep 2021
My wife and I did a short trip to San Francisco. We wanted to see the city but had a short amount of time. I love the 60’s and 70’s, I’ve always wanted a Volkswagen bus. My wife found this tour online. It was an AMAZING experience. Our tour guide Samantha was fantastic. She was warm and welcoming along with being very knowledgeable of the city. She talk about the history of San Francisco along with showing some hidden spots we wouldn’t have known to check out! I highly recommend this tour and we’ll be doing it again on our next visit to San Francisco!
A Must Do for SF First Timers!
, Sep 2021
So fun - a great way to see the city with a small group an go to places where the big buses can’t “fit”. Armando was so friendly and knowledgeable. 100% recommend!
Highly recommend
, Sep 2021
It was a very good tour. A lot better then them big bus tours. Got to see lots of things. Sam the tour guide was good. Was unhappy with something and the management took care of it. So was very happy with them. Would certainly recommend this tour.
Sam was an incredible...
, Sep 2021
Sam was an incredible guide and host! Just delightful and so much fun! Recommend this tour to everyone.
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Fun and efficient way to see the city
, Sep 2021
I recommend Painted Ladies San Francisco city tour to those wishing to have a knowledgeable and fun tour guide take you to popular sights, and also a few you wouldn’t think of. Our guide, Armando, was a fantastic host! He balanced out sharing city history, along with tips and advice for places to dine, shop, etc. He was also great at taking pictures (a few angles at each site), and some really fun ones using panoramic mode on the iPhone. My favorite trip from our entire vacation is a pic that Armando took of us posing with Daisy! We’re so glad that we chose this tour over the “hop on, hop off tour”. Well worth the money. The tour exceeded our expectations and we recommend it to others!
Groovy experience
, Aug 2021
Loved that it wasn't a big bus that couldn't drive certain places (winding Lombard st) and it was just more intimate. This was one of my top tours ever! This is the way to see the city. I would recommend taking hot pink Rosie with Sam driving!
Fun overview of the city.
, Aug 2021
Great overview of the city with an engaging driver. Super fun! Great mix of driving around and getting out to look around.
Quickest To Tour Around San Fran
, Aug 2021
Best way to Tour the scenic and historic parts of San Fransico. I went on a solo weekend trip and enjoyed it
THIS is the tour guide you want very personable.
, Aug 2021
This was our first time to SF from Chicago and we saw all the sites on this tour. Our host, Sam, was awesome and could not ask for a better host. She gave us so much history on the different neighborhoods it was a great tour! Highly recommended!!

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