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San Francisco Dungeon
San Francisco Dungeon

San Francisco Dungeon

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145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, California

The Basics

San Francisco Dungeon consists of 10 different scenes from the city’s past, including a Wild West saloon, a gold mine shaft, a courtroom, Chinatown streets, and a ship manned by shanghaied sailors. Expect sensory effects, and ghoulish yet lighthearted audience participation as you move through each attraction on foot.

Timed admission tickets can be purchased in advance and mean that you avoid waiting in the ticket line on arrival. The dungeon is also included on several San Francisco attraction and sightseeing passes, and can be visited in conjunction with Madame Tussaud's wax museum, located next door, with a combo ticket.

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Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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City experience
Felipe_C, Jul 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Great experience. Fun for the family. Great service. Clean environment. Friendly staff. We even booked another excursion.
star-5
Wonderful!
Lori_T, May 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Great way to see the San Francisco bay area. I used this bus yesterday May 17th and there were no issues with wait times. We waited no more than 10-15 mins for a bus to come by at each stop. Those negative reviews were likely during covid. So don't hesitate to use this method of getting around to see the city and Golden Gate Bridge. You won't regret it.
star-5
San Fran getaway
Cherisse_D, Apr 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Great trip if you want to see the highlights of San Fran. Some of the stops are removed it seems since covid. Our bus driver was awesome! Had a good time
star-5
Incredible!!!!!
Esther_H, Mar 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
What a fantastic time we had! 10 family members from 8 to 65 years old and we ALL had a blast! Staff were friendly, always with a smile and very helpful! The day flew-by way too quickly! We saw the best that beautiful San Francisco has to offer from clean, safe buses! This is a must to do for everyone!
star-4
So easy and fun! Would...
Danielle_S, Mar 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
So easy and fun! Would definitely go again with family! Staffs are very nice and accommodating. They just want your safety and for you to have fun!
star-5
San Francisco in a day…..
Julie_T, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge on the upper deck was exhilarating! We didn’t have to wait long for a bus at the stops, but it would be helpful if the bus stops were more clearly marked.
star-5
A great day!
Karen_L, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Great way to see the city! We enjoyed being able to hop on and off and especially not having to worry about parking!
star-5
San Francisco trip.
Chuck_T, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Taking a Segway tour through the city of San Francisco. Also taking a Big Bus tour to the Haight/Ashbury district and doing some shopping.
star-5
Great city tour
Lisa_L, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Really great way to see the city! Long lines to get back on and definitely important to be on top deck when you go over the Golden Gate Bridge!
star-5
Golden gate bridge was...
Frank_M, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Golden gate bridge was neat to walk across. Bus came quickly every time we got off. Good service. Audio was very informative.
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100% well recommended Bus tour!
Ellam_E, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
It was an awesome experience we really enjoyed the tour the good thing is rain or shine they will continue the tour they are giving away free raincoat whenever you experience rain during your tour! The experience passing by on the golden gate bridge while we are on top of the bus is a fantastic feeling we really had fun on our family vacation❤️👍👍👍
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Our driver made a special...
Joe_B, Aug 2022
Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour
Our driver made a special point at a stop to answer questions and help us! She knew we were lost and helped us! So kind!!!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Themed souvenir photos can be purchased at the end of your dungeon experience.

  • Due to frightening elements, the dungeon is not recommended for young children.

  • Parts of the dungeon are dark and confined, and may not be suitable for visitors with claustrophobia.

  • Strobe lights are use during parts of the show; these areas are labeled in advance, so visitors with photosensitive epilepsy can request to skip them.

  • Most of the dungeon is wheelchair accessible and safe for pregnant women, with the exception of the Shanghai Kelly show and ride.

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How to Get There

San Francisco Dungeon is located in the Fisherman’s Wharf district of San Francisco. It’s easily reached by the F streetcar, the Powell/Hyde or Powell/Mason cable cars, and public buses 19, 30, 39, 47, and 49. There is no onsite parking, but several paid lots are nearby.

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When to Get There

The dungeon is open Thursday through Monday, with fewer crowds on weekdays. Shows run every 30 minutes and last about an hour. The dungeon is a great way to get into the spooky spirit around Halloween.

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Along Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Dungeon fits easily into a day spent at Fisherman’s Wharf, one of San Francisco's most popular destinations. Come face-to-face with California's marine life at Pier 39, known for its wild sea lions and Aquarium of the Bay, or cruise beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island on a San Francisco Bay cruise. Dine on clam chowder and sourdough bread at a waterfront restaurant, finishing on a sweet note with a chocolate treat at Ghirardelli Square.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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