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Free Walking Tour San Francisco

See San Francisco like you haven't seen before with Free SF Tour!

Free San Francisco Walking Tour

Get a perfectly friendly introduction to San Francisco – a city built on gold, influential women, tech revolution, buried ships, destroyed by earthquakes and fires, and then rebuilt again by amazing people and events that shaped all of it that it stands today. With passionate stories and friendly guides, we’ll show you San Francisco you have never seen before.  This initiative was started by Filip Todd, a local guide who wants you to fall in love with this city.

The Free SF Tour covers most of downtown San Francisco: Union Square, Chinatown, Financial District, Italian District, and Embarcadero.

We’d be telling stories about scandalous people, historic events, and current affairs; gold-diggers in action. We talk about what present-day San Francisco living looks like. We will take you on an adventure through small alleyways in Chinatown to see where the fortune cookies are made, discover hidden gardens, and take a group photo on a rooftop. 

We have three tours: 

Two English tours at 10 AM and 8:00 PM. The day tours are about 2 hours long and the night tours about 1.5 hours. The Day Tour ends at the Ferry Building and the Night Tour ends in North Beach (Little Italy)

One Spanish tour that starts at 10:30 AM and lasts for 2 hours. The Spanish tour ends at the Embarcadero Center (Ferry Plazas).

Our walking tours are voted the top two free tours in North America and #1 in the USA for three years straight.

Our current tours:

Free SF Tour runs the only free walking tour in Spanish in San Francisco!


Location:

The tours start at Union Square, but at different areas in the square: Night tours - Dewey Monument, Day tours - Red Heart. Check your tour for details. Look for the orange-and-white umbrella with Free SF Tour logo!

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What visitors think about Free San Francisco Walking Tour?

Anika
Sharp, deep knowledge of San Francisco. Good coverage of the downtown area, Chinatown, Financial and a bit of the "off beaten" path too. It's the second time we've used this company. They are great!
Vero
We had such a great time walking with Filip, we particularly appreciate the fortune cookie. Thanks again for thé bucket list, this is what we needed to complete our visit to the city.
Artemiswagner
Everything was perfect I recommend it 100x fun and educational. AMAZING! Do yourself a favor and spend some time with Philip or Jose they are passionate and kind I didn’t even think about taking picture because I was captivated by the stories!
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Frequently asked questions about the tour

I have booked a tour to Alcatraz. Will I manage to get to the ferry after the tour?

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.

Is the tour child-friendly? Can I bring a baby?

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.

Can I bring my dog to the free tour?

Yes, we have dogs on tours all the time:) Just make sure your pet is securely leashed.

It’s raining. Will the tour get canceled?

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.

Where to park my car?

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).

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