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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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star-2
Not the tour that we thought it would be!
Ronald_P
, May 2022
Not at all what was expected. The bus took much to long at the stops, the ticket agents held up the departure from nearly every stop due to seemingly not to understand keeping with schedule. It took over 2hrs to make the lop the first time. We had hoped to do the lop one time and then decide what points of interest we would want to spend time at, but due to the delays at stop's made us have to change our plans. We only had one day to do the sights and this didn't happen and lastly the audio tour guide was not always directly timed to the location of the bus plus the headphones would cut in and out to the point that we had to hold the plug into the socket at times in order to hear anything at all. This is not worth the time or the $.
star-5
Very friendly and...
Reynaldo_R
, May 2022
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Very accommodating too. The entire staff is always smiling and very helpful.
star-3
Love Chicago!
Damon_W
, May 2022
We boarded and had a wonderful driver (Antwan). He was entertaining and informational. He told us when to get our cameras ready. He was just great. We got off at the planetarium and reboarded. The second driver did not say a word to the passengers besides calling out the stops when he stopped. I’ve toured on big bus in several city’s and this second guy was by far the worse I’ve experienced. But it doesn’t discourage me from touring with big bus again.
star-5
Sightseeing in Chicago
Dorothy_N
, May 2022
Great way to see the city then decide where you would like to spend more time. It was great to have the headphones so you could hear all the highlights.
star-1
Bus tour I missed
Venus_S
, May 2022
Wasn't able to attend event / sightseeing bus tour due to work obligation. Hoping to get refund soon!
star-3
Not worth the price
Virginia_B
, May 2022
Would have liked live narration. Earphones difficult to use. Covered a large area but confusing to follow geography
star-3
Wet but worth it.
Paule_M
, May 2022
Please bring back live tour guides. Was a good way to see the city on a rainy day. Driver was enthusiastic.
star-4
A Great Introduction to Chicago
Stephen_Y
, May 2022
We bought the two day ticket which was a good idea. Rode it around once to see the city and then used it to get from place to place afterwards. We enjoyed both ways of using the service and got tremendous value out of it. We really enjoyed some drivers more than others. The first relied on the recorded service to provide tour details. Others did "live" tours which we enjoyed much more. I would definitely recommend this tour and was very happy we got the two day pass.
star-5
Really enjoy the ride
Philippa_W
, May 2022
Well worth the money in my opinion. Was nice to drive around the loop listening to history. The drivers were all very nice and some were funny with added commentry
star-5
See Chicago via the Big Bus!!!
Kahlil_O
, May 2022
The driver himself made it very enjoyable. No long waiting periods between buses.The sights chosen and the hop on hop off made it easy! Great job guys!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to get around...
melodie_t
, May 2022
Great way to get around and see the Sites. Had great drivers Who narrated about the city and the bus had plenty of room to accommodate everyone. Great value for your dollar and saves on your feet!
star-5
Great Tour
Alan_G
, May 2022
Bus was clean, Driver/Tour Guide was Fantastic 😊. Great Experience and learned a lot. Would recommend to all my friends.
star-3
Was great, once we could locate and get on a bus.
Jean_B
, May 2022
Took forever to find a stop. Walked block after block. Poorly marked. Great sites once found. Even this is difficult because it requires more words.
star-4
Adventure
Terethia_W
, May 2022
The memories and information learned on the ride. Engaging with family and other occupants. The beautiful city monuments.
star-3
Lack of information
Dorothy_R
, May 2022
Willis tower, navy tier, bus driver did not mention that planetarium is closed on wednesdays, we had to stand in front of closed door and wait in bitter cold wind until the next bus came
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Los Angeles Dodger game
Rosa_T
, May 2022
The bus Driver were very nice and great 👍 Very knowledgeable of Chicago And the History Thank you. Buy
star-3
The one bus driver (eg...
Judy_D
, May 2022
The one bus driver (eg male) spoke on the microphone about the sites along the way. It made a big difference versus the head phones that didn’t work on the first red bus. Otherwise informative & good tour.
star-3
Good overview tour
Bill_L
, May 2022
Nice way to get an overview of the city. Prefer real-time tour info, but the pre-recorded tour was good as well. Advertises real time bus location but that was not working on our tour. People and drivers were great and really liked the open air top level on the buses.
star-5
I really enjoyed this...
Michelle_M
, May 2022
I really enjoyed this tour: this was my first time in Chicago and I was unaware of the parking situation before I went. This saved the day!
star-1
The worse - I should be refunded for yesterdays experience in Chicago!!!!!!
MarisolCanedo
, May 2022
Worst experience I have ever encountered with a hop on hop off tour!!!!!!!! Check comments on my reservation. Having offshore rep to handle situations is the worst!!!

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