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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

Reviews

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1,054 Reviews

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star-3
Loving Candace
NancyE_M
, Jul 2022
Candace was excellent. She kept us aware of photo opportunities and was very knowledgeable and friendly. We rode with her to Millennial Park. Our next hop off was the Navy Pier. We Unfortunately, the next buses were delayed in traffic so we were stuck waiting in the hot sun for about an hour. Nobody’s fault really, traffic happens. Especially on a holiday weekend.
star-4
Big City
Duane_P
, Jul 2022
Seeing the city without having to drive. I also heard about some of the cities history. I would have preferred a tour guide in place of a recording.
star-2
Disappointed
Jocelyn_M
, Jul 2022
We were on other Chicago bus tours which were much more engaging. Did not like how we were listening to a recording. Buses got busy during Fourth of July weekend so felt like I was on an expensive city bus. In the end there was a bright spot. Our bus had a transfer at the first stop and we were pleasantly surprised that the second bus driver was an actual tour guide.
star-5
Great experience
Scott_B
, Jul 2022
Great tour. Very informative. Loved that it gave a great overview of the city. Gave us a great sense of where to come back to spend more time.
star-1
Terrible Experience
Jody_B
, Jun 2022
First off if you do a search online using Goggle or Safari for bigbustours.com for Chicago and click maps you are directed to an incorrect map. We spent hours and 2.9 miles walking to the Willis Tower. We knew for sure there was a stop there. The tour guide staff came across less than enthusiastic about the tour itself. We booked with Viator and received an email Sunday June 28th confirming our reservation as confirmed and paid for at $97.14. I was charged over $107.98. We previously used Big Bus in Boston. The maps, tour staff and experience in Boston was why we decided to book again in Chicago. We travel often and enjoyed learning history and landmark information. Personally I requesting a refund.
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience to do alone!
Ginger_G
, Jun 2022
I had one bus driver who gave us a talking tour of Chicago instead of the headphone tour. She was amazing!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
I love my job/When is my shift over
Tina_E
, Jun 2022
Did two days pass. First driver was horrible. Never talked during the trip. When it was time to switch busses he was ruided to people. Saying just get off my bus. Now my other driver Ms Kadijah you could tell she loved her job. She made special efforts to make everyone feel comfortable. Talked about everything and was very patient with people. You all should make her a trainer. I could have rode her bus all. "Happy Tuesday '
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fun In the Windy City
Karen_Y
, Jun 2022
Great way to see Chicago and all the sights. We loved how we learned about the history of all the buildings and the city itself. It was an amazing experience.
star-3
Enjoyed the tour and the...
Keenan_R
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the tour and the bus hit all the major highlights. I would prefer a human tour guide as opposed to the generic recording. I often couldn't tell which building they were talking about and the recording wasn't always synced up with the bus.
star-5
Ask for Candice
Suzy_K
, Jun 2022
We had a few drivers during the day, that let you listen to the tour with headphones. But we were so lucky to have Candice for our first bus trip around all the stops, she explained the building's, area's and stories of Chicago. Was worth the cost for an overview of the layers of Chicago. Thanks Candice
star-5
Informative Tour of Chicago
Roblyn_H
, Jun 2022
Our Saturday morning bus driver was very informative, friendly and personable. He offered us tips and later during his bus break, took our family picture.
star-5
Thank you Candice!
Lisa_L
, Jun 2022
The most memorable part of the big bus tour was the last leg when Candice too over from stops 5 thru 11 and narrated all the way thru everything vs listening to a prerecorded voice. She was great friendly and entertaining to say the least. Thnx Candice.my bday trip was great!
star-1
Big disappointment
Irene_K
, Jun 2022
The bus “tour” has no sense if nobody explains where you are, what you see. Most of the buses are just that: buses going in circles around the city; hopping on and off we got only once! an amazing driver-tour guide who made the difference, so if you get a driver who is in the right mood and is giving you the tour you paid for, stay in the bus for the whole loop!!! or you could loose your only chance. Also, the buses are working almost office hours… I was a big fan of Big Bus Tours, always recommended them, well… not anymore!
star-3
Chicago enlightening
Sharon_C
, Jun 2022
The info shared about the area that was interesting and it would not have been possible for us to see all we saw in one day
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
See the city on a bus!
Theresa_B
, Jun 2022
Great tour!! A wonderful. inexpensive way to see the city. We were lucky enough to have a friendly, animated driver.
star-4
Riding on top
Pamela_J
, Jun 2022
The view and the bus ride to and from. But you guys need to better communicate pick up pints, we called around to figure that out!
star-5
See it all in a day!
Christine_S
, Jun 2022
Definitely recommend doing this bus tour. A great way to see a lot in a day. Was so easy to hop off and check out what we wanted to see. Then just get back on and ride to the next spot. No hassle trying to find parking. Drivers were awesome!
star-4
It was awesome!
Colette_L
, Jun 2022
I like being able to see the city of Chicago. The workers were very helpful which my visit so appreciated and exciting. Thanks!
star-5
Stunning Chicago
Robin_C
, Jun 2022
Great history of the beautiful architecture of the Chicago River. Informative guide on a comfortable boat.
star-1
Not worth the money
Walter_B
, Jun 2022
Trying to find where to get on the bus. Website is poorly designed. Router is not shown nor where you can board. All they want to do is sell you a ticket
1 traveler found this review helpful

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