Join the One Walking Tour You’d Ever Need to Get to Know San Francisco!
Starts: 8 pm
Starting point: Union Square, next to The Red Heart at the corner of Post and Powell streets. Look for the orange flag or orange-white umbrella! Click here for Google Maps location.
Ends: 10 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!
JULY 2020 UPDATE:
For your safety we have taken protective measures on Free Walking Tour San Francisco in 2020: Everyone in the group is encouraged to keep a reasonable distance, and wear a mask to cover their nose and mouth at all times. With larger groups (limited to 10-12) we will be using an amplifier for you to hear us better. We offer hand sanitizer to everyone attending the tour.
Please be mindful of others, this is what we’re committed to do too.
The tour takes 2 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.
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 donations to keep this tour running!
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Make sure we run tours on your date. Dates marked green will most probably happen. Book now!
The tour ends opposite Ferry Building. It takes 20 minutes by foot (or less) to reach Pier 39 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 tip 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 – glorious sun appears. Bring layers and nevermind the weather.
Of course the tour will happen! It’s just going to feel like a private tour – 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.
Paypal and Venmo app are okay. Credit cards – nope, sorry.
Find us at Union Square
300 Powell st (corner of Powell and Post)
San Francisco, California
EVERY DAY @ 8 PM for a Night Free Walking Tour in English
EVERY DAY @ 10:30 AM for a Free Walking Tour in Spanish