Join the One free Walking Tour
You’d Ever Need in San Francisco!
Starts: 10 am
Starting point: Union Square, next to The Red Heart at the corner of Post and Powell streets. Look for the orange flag! Click here for Google Maps location.
Ends: 12:30 pm at Embarcadero, opposite Ferry Building. Click here for Google Maps location.
Please make a booking in the calendar on this page to join the tour.
The tour takes 2 and a half hours and it covers most of downtown San Francisco: Union Square, Chinatown, Financial District, and Embarcadero. It’s more fun facts and relaxed conversations than actual walking so you’d never get tired or bored. We’d be telling stories about places, people, historic events and current affairs; buried ships under the buildings, influential women, gold-diggers and earthquakes.
We visit Union Square, Maiden Lane, Grant Avenue, Dragon Gate, Golden Gate Chinese Cookie Factory, Ross Lane, Portsmouth Square, Transamerica Pyramid, Embarcadero and many more non-touristic points along the way.
The tour ends opposite Ferry Building from where you can take a walk to Pier 39 and the sea lions. It takes 20 minutes by foot to catch the ferry to Alcatraz.
Price: Pay-as-you -wish to the guide. All guides are volunteers and not paid by the City Government or any other institution. We appreciate your tips to keep this tour running!
Check when we are on. Book here!
We are slowly resuming tours after July 15. Days marked green will most probably happen. Tap on a date and fill in your booking details. We’ll get back to you by mail.
The tour ends opposite Ferry Building. It takes 20 minutes by foot (or less) to reach Pier 33 where you board the ferry to Alcatraz.
Yes, the tour is child-friendly. Children of all ages love the stories of buried ships under the buildings. Babies in strollers or carries are welcome too.
Yes, we have dogs on tours all the time:) Just make sure your pet is securely leashed.
Yes, we make a bathroom/toilet stop halfway through the route. No worries!
From experience, the average donation is $10 per person. Some people donate less, others are happy to give more. Remember, it’s all up to you: if you have had a good time, tip the guide. If you didn’t like the tour – well, don’t.
No. The Free SF Tour happens rain or shine. Plus, it’s San Francisco – one minute it’s raining, the next you are enjoying glorious sunshine. Bring layers and nevermind the weather.
Of course the tour will happen! It’s just going to feel like a private tour with a knowledgeable, friendly guide all to yourself 🙂
It's a bit tight with parking spaces around Union Square, but you can still get lucky and park in the street. Alternatively, there are many convenient car parks in the Union Square vicinity. There’s an underground garage just under Union Square – you can’t get closer than that 🙂 Most charge around $6 per hour but you can find places for as low as $3-3.50. Check out this list of garages http://www.visitunionsquaresf.com/maps-parking-transportation (just click on "park" under the map).
Yes! The route is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly, and largely step-free. Despite the city’s famously hilly terrain, our tour is makes the most of flat streets in Downtown. There might be a ramp here and there, but nothing to worry about.
There are cashless options, yes. While we don't take credit cards directly, Paypal transfers are available. Also, Venmo app is growing in popularity among travelers.
Give us a call
Tel: +1 415-503-7199
Find us at Union Square
300 Powell st
San Francisco, California, CA
EVERY DAY @ 10 AM and 2 PM (ENG)
10:30 AM (Spanish tour)
Drop us a line, we can help