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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Chicago, United States
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while audio commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
  • See top attractions like Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park
  • Capture unobstructed views from the open-top, double-decker bus
  • Learn about Chicago’s sights and history from the onboard audio commentary
  • Choose a Classic, Premium or Deluxe ticket to suit your schedule

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A full circuit introduces you to the city’s top attractions, with none of the logistical headaches.
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Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
Audio Guide
Live Bus Tracking
7.30pm Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour included with Deluxe only (1st May - 31st October 2021)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Please note Deluxe Inclusion - Non Stop Panoramic Night Tour only runs 1st May - 31st October 2021

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Classic 1-day tickets will be valid for same day use. Tickets claimed after 2 pm will be valid for the next calendar day.
  • Redeem vouchers at any Big Bus hop-on hop-off points
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Big Bus Tours - USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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.
Q:
How often does a bus arrive at each stop during the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:A bus arrives approximately every 30-45 minutes.
Mar 2022
Q:
Do I have to go to a central location to redeem my ticket for the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:You can simply show a printed or electronic version of your ticket at any of the stops to board the bus.
Mar 2021
Q:
How will I know which stop(s) to use during the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:Our pre-recorded audio guide will communicate upcoming stops. You can also download our free App for more information on routes and times, and what to see and do at each stop location.
Mar 2022
Q:
How long is one full circuit of the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:A full round trip takes approximately 2 hours if you do not get off on any stops.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour wheelchair accessible?
A:Yes, we operate wheelchair-accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate up to 650 pounds however, not all vehicles are equipped. If you require an accessible vehicle, please let us know in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring a pet with me on the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:No pets are allowed onboard the bus, except ADA service animals.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food or drink with me on the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:No food or alcohol is permitted onboard the bus. Non-alcoholic drinks in screw-top bottles are permitted.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage on the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:No, luggage is not permitted onboard the bus at this time.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off 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 Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Make sure you get your Viator voucher validated before trying to board bus." See review
  • "It’s the best way to get the greatest views on the upper deck of a Hop on Hop off in the shortest time, with the least cost too!" See review

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star-1
Very unsatisfied with the viator.com customer service never tried to do anything after I canceled the reservation.
Abou_S
, Aug 2022
Never took the tour they still charge my card after I had canceled on time. Will not recommend Viator.com and will never book anything with them again. Very disappointed.
star-5
Cool and breezy way to see the city
Amanda_H
, Aug 2022
I enjoyed getting to see notable places in Chicago and hearing a little history of each place. I like that you can hop off, walk around a few blocks getting to explore and then hop back on. The weather was perfect for it too.
star-1
Tour Bus Was a No-Show
June_E
, Aug 2022
This experience was awful. I was with my brother who has a disability and loves buses and I booked this tour for him. We waited for more than an hour and the bus never came. I also had my 7-year old granddaughter with me who was very disappointed. Could not locate a phone number to contact anyone. There should be a way to let people know who have purchased tickets, if the bus is not running. I tried sending messages but never received a response. Other people who were waiting as well ended up leaving. I should have paid attention to the negative reviews that I read before booking the tour.
star-3
Not worth the money
Mark_S
, Aug 2022
There was no live tour guide like I have had in many other cities. The recorded narrative was not very engaging either. Just not worth it.
star-3
Great tour but driver rambled on incessantly.
Courtney_K
, Aug 2022
First of all, I enjoyed the tour overall and think it gave a great preview of the city. However, the driver of the first bus rambled on incessantly with random, useless commentary so it was difficult or impossible to focus on the narrated audio. I missed a lot of key facts about certain sights. Either the driver is going to narrate or were going to listen to the prerecorded audio; we cannot focus on both.
star-5
A must do.
Patrick_K
, Aug 2022
Getting to see the city and it’s history. Very informative. Liked hearing information from the driver rather than the earphones.
star-2
It sucked
Edward_S
, Aug 2022
It sucked. Very little history. Could not understand the driver. Driver goofing off and talking to other people.
star-1
Don’t bother
Jane_B
, Aug 2022
We waited 20 minutes at stop #11 which you identified incorrectly on your website. Then we walked to stop # 10 to wait 20 more minutes. Your tour wasn’t worth it.
star-1
Rip off!! Ought to be a crime!
David_H
, Aug 2022
There is no tour guide. It is nothing more than a ride through Chicago. All riders complained. Bus drivers and Employees apologized profusely to all the riders. They said please complain to management, they said it has been bad since Covid.
star-1
We waited for almost an...
fjcbxdhjwt
, Aug 2022
We waited for almost an hour at one of the stops in the pouring rain and no bus appeared so we never even got on a bus!
star-5
Bus tour
Eddie_C
, Aug 2022
Great experience. Will recommend to friends and family . Will come again once we return . Like the many stops on the tour
star-5
great way to get around
morgan_a
, Aug 2022
it’s was super fun and totally worth it for what you can do it’s the perfect way to see the city. highly recommend to anyone traveling to the city
star-5
Fantastic informative experience
dalleynedettmers
, Aug 2022
The view on Chicago‘s River Walk. The bus drivers were also very helpful. We had excellent weather to enjoy a great choice of Chicago architecture
star-5
Awesome!!
Doreen_R
, Aug 2022
Navy Pier,Downtown , museum Everything!! I was very happy that the weather was wonderful n beautiful clear no humidity!
star-5
The chofer was very nice,...
Patricia_G
, Aug 2022
The chofer was very nice, friendly. He really love Chicago and share that with the costumer. Thank you
star-5
Great experience
Sonji_P
, Aug 2022
Candace was an excellent tour guide. She cracked jokes, gave us plenty of history about the sites & gave us time to take quick pics! We had a great time!!
star-2
Bad trip
etsegenet_a
, Aug 2022
Poor voice quality, the driver and ,the driver and the narrator on head phone spoke at the same time. One of the female driver was rude
star-5
Excellent
SioeLing_W
, Aug 2022
Easy to reach everywhere And also so informative Would love to do it again when I’ll be back to Chicago
star-5
A great way to see the city.
LaDonna_O
, Aug 2022
The usual sights were great. Millennium Park, the Water Tower and sights of the city. Our first and third drivers were fun and spoke clearly. A thunderstorm rolled in and staff at the Millennium Park stop made sure those who were waiting out the storm got on the next bus.
star-5
Gotta Ride the Big Bus
Donna_D
, Aug 2022
Easy, fun and informative way to see the city! Chicago is a beautiful city with so much to see and do! The Big Bus gets you there and you decide when to get off and back on!!

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