The Best San Francisco Bike Tours

This is a comparison of the various bike tour companies available in San Francisco. When you think of the Bay Area landscape you may think of … hills. Not something the average tourist wants to tackle on a bike, more or less with 10 strangers from around the world. Fear not! Much of the city’s frequented cycle lanes are not hilly and you can see much of the city as a beginner cyclists. And for those hills, plenty people get off and walk the bikes up.

There are many bike rental and guided bike tours options so its hard to know what are the best San Francisco bike tours, so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite and highly rated guided tours.


Bike Tour Combo Packages

Bike Rentals

Bay Area Bike Share Program

Deals and Discounts

Know Before You Go

Guided City Bike Tours

Golden Gate Bridge Tours

Wine Country and Brewery Bike Tours


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • All bike rentals include a helmet which are required by law for riders under the age of 18.
  • Don’t worry if you’re not use to biking in a city. There are dedicated bike lanes in many of the areas the guided tours take you. And on Sundays, some roads by Golden Gate Park are car free!
  • Many of these companies have electric bike options, but be aware that you cannot ride across Golden Gate Bridge with the engine on – you can either walk it or pedal.
  • Most of the Bike the Bridge Tours END in Sausalito and you’re on your own to make it back to San Francisco. You can bike back (though this is ambitious/hilly/easy to get lost) or take the Ferry. During Summer months, 1000+ bikers and waiting in line to board the ferry so you may get stuck in the crunch as the ferry cannot accommodate everyone at once. If you have evening plans, try to board the ferry before 4pm.



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GUIDED CITY BIKE TOURS 

Despite its many hills, San Francisco is a great city to see via bike. There are several different companies currently offering bike tours through Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Richmond, the Presidio, the Marina, Fort Mason, the Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach, Mission Bay, and many other neighborhoods. Prices are fairly similar amongst bike tour companies featuring standard bicycles. Streets of San Francisco, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours, and Dylan’s Tours each offer daily tours for $75-$89 per person. For those looking for an electric bike to help through through San Francisco’s hilly terrain, there are also electric bike rentals at each of these companies for approximately $20 more. 

 


Streets of San Francisco

This company offers what seems to be a great tour with very knowledgeable guides and a few different tour options. The most popular is their New Classic San Francisco Bike Tour, which is approximately 5 hours and takes you through neighborhoods such as Haight-Ashbury, the Mission and the Castro. Those interested in a longer ride can opt for their 7×7 SF Bike Tour which covers 18 miles around the Bay Area. If you are worried about pedalling up and down San Francisco’s notorious hills, then you can choose the Majestic Electric Tour instead, which is a 5-6 hour tour on electric bikes. Their tours are for riders ages 13 and older and they only have morning departures for all tours. None of their tours take you over Golden Gate Bridge as a group. But if you want to go at it on your own and want to keep biking, they offer bike tour participants a 50% discount on bike rentals at their sister company CityRide Bike Rentals. You’ll get the code after booking your Guided Bike Tour.

  • The New Classic San Francisco Bike Tour
    • 4.5 – 5 hour ride through the city, visiting neighborhoods such as Haight-Ashbury, the Mission and the Castro.
    • Departs daily at 9:30 am, 10 am, and 1 pm from Hayes Valley, San Francisco
    • From $79 per person
  • 7×7 San Francisco Bike Tour
    • This 6 hour tour covers about 18 miles and visits Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Richmond, the Presidio, the Marina, Fort Mason, the Embarcadero, SoMa, South Beach, Mission Bay, the Mission.
    • Departs daily at 11 am from Hayes Valley, San Francisco
    • From $89 per person 
  • Majestic Electric Bike Tour
    • 5 – 6 hour tour that covers a 20 mile loop. Lunch stop halfway though.
    • Departs daily at 10 am from Hayes Valley, San Francisco
    • From $99 per person 

Reviews of Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours

Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours are one of the most popular tour companies in the Bay Area, maintaining an outstanding 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. In fact, of their over 1,000 reviews, NONE fall below 3 stars. Everyone seems extremely impressed with the quality of the guides and the bikes themselves. “Fun”, “interesting”, and “the best way to see San Francisco” are all terms consistently used by guests to describe their experience with Streets of San Francisco Bike Tours. Reviews can’t get much better than that! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

 


Dylan’s Tours

Though this small company might be better known for their minibus tours, Dylan’s Tours also offers very popular electric bike tours of the city. E-Bikes allow you to see and do so much more than standard bicylcles, ensuring that you are able to make the most of your visit to the city. They currently offer 2 different tours: (1) The Original City Loop and (2) Intro to San Francisco. The first is a 6 hour loop around San Francisco that visits all of the most famous sites in the city. A short lunch break is included, though the cost of food is not. The Intro to San Francisco Tour is a nice alternative for those who can’t commit to a long bike ride, but are still interested in seeing places like Fisherman’s Wharf and Golden Gate Bridge. Advance Reservations Recommended as group sizes are limited to 7 and the minimum age is 16+. 

  • The Original City Loop Electric Bike Tour
    • 6 hour electric bike tour that visits sites such as Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alamo Square. Includes a 30 minute lunch break. 
    • Departs daily at 9am from North Beach
    • From $99 per person
  • Intro to San Francisco Bike Tour
    • 1.5 hour tour that visits Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf
    • Departs daily at 9am from North Beach
    • From $79 per person  

Reviews of Dylan’s Tours

People are thoroughly impressed with Dylan’s E-Bike Tours. Not only are the bikes well maintained and easy to ride, but also the guides are very fun and knowledgeable. The lunch spot that the Original City Loop Tour visits is one of the most talked about things on their TripAdvisor page. Several guests compliment the cafe’s delicious food and diverse menu. Of the nearly 100 reviews regarding the E-Bike Tours, none fall below 3 stars! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars. 

 


Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours offer guided bike tours and bike rentals around the Bay Area. Their San Francisco Urban Bike Tour brings you to some of the most well known neighborhoods in the city, including Fisherman’s Wharf, Mission District, the Castro, North Beach, the Haight, and many others. All bike rentals include helmets, front camera bags, bells, maps & map holders, water bottle holders, puncture repair kits, locks, and detailed map assistance.

  • San Francisco Urban Bike Tour
    • 4 hour bike tour that visits sites and neighborhoods such as Transamerica Pyramid, AT&T Park, Aquatic Park, Mission, the Castro, North Beach, the Haight, and others. 
    • Departs daily at 11am from Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
    • From $75 per person

Reviews of Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Guests seem largely impressed with Bay City Bike Rentals, writing that the company was very well-organized and informative, and the bikes themselves were in excellent condition. Several months ago, there were a handful of mediocre reviews written about a certain guide who failed to meet guests’ expectations. However, that person has since been let go of the company, and so there is no longer any concern about getting stuck with him! TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 

 


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GUIDED BIKE THE BRIDGE TOURS

If you’re hoping to get a bit outside the city and across the Bay Bridge, there are also several Bike the Bay tours that typically allow you to use the bike for the rest of the day to either bike back over the Bay or take the ferry across. Blazing Saddles Bike Tours, Bay City Bike Tours, and Alcatraz Bike Tours are our favorite companies. Each tour is approximately 3 hours and will set you back just $48-$55 per person. Sausalito, the beautiful town across the bridge, is a lovely place to spend an afternoon sightseeing on a bike. 


Blazing Saddles Bike Tours

Blazing Saddles only offers one guided tour but have a plethora of self guided options. Their guided tour is a 3 hour, 8 mile tour that bikes across Golden Gate Bridge and ends in Sausalito. While the guide leaves you here you have the option to return at your leisure either over the bridge (again, not the usual course of action) or take the Ferry. You can buy Ferry tickets at the dock or at the Bike Shop before you go on your tour. Both tours include all day bike rentals and they have a 24 hour drop off facility  their main location so no need to worry about being back before the office closes. There is no information on their website as to age limit for Children vs. Adults!

  • Golden Gate to Sausalito Guided Tour
    • 3-hour San Francisco bike tour across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
    • Departs daily at 10am from Fisherman’ Wharf 
    • From $55 per person 

Reviews of Blazing Saddles Bike Tours

Most people seem very happy with the guided tour, saying that it was very fun and informative. However, others wished their had been a bit more commentary. One of the more consistent complaints is in regards to the large volume of people on the Golden Gate Bridge, which makes it difficult to bike across. Though this is a valid concern, it is not an issue that is unique to this company and one that can only be avoided by visiting during the low season. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 


Bay City Bikes and Tours

The Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour is a popular option for those looking to enjoy spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. Tours depart at either 10am or 1pm daily, depending on the time of year. You are then invited to explore Sausalito on your own and return the bikes back at your leisure at the end of the day. To return to San Francisco, you can choose to either take the ferry or ride back across the bridge — both options of which are explained thoroughly by your guide. All bike rentals include helmets, front camera bags, bells, maps & map holders, water bottle holders, puncture repair kits, locks, and detailed map assistance.

  • Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito
    • Goes past sites such as Aquatic Park Cove, Alcatraz Island and then across the Golden Gate Bridge. You are then welcome to explore Sausalito on your own with a map that is provided. 
    •  Departs daily at 10am or 1pm from Fisherman’s Wharf
    • From $55 per person

Reviews of Bay City Bikes and Tours

Guests who are less physically active seem to especially love this tour, which is far less hilly than their San Francisco Urban Bike Tour. Additionally, many reviews emphasize that this is the BEST way to see the Golden Gate Bridge as its easier than walking but still allows for much more intimacy than a regular bus tour. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Alcatraz Bikes and Tours

Alcatraz Bikes and Tours lead a 3 hour guided bike tour across the Golden Gate Bridge at 10am and 1pm daily. The tour begins from Fisherman’s Wharf, before venturing across the Bay and into the town of Sausalito. Like Bay City Bikes and Tours, you are welcomed to keep the bike for the rest of the day or return it immediately after the tour. At just $48 per person, this is one of the cheapest options for a Bike the Bay tour. 

  • Guided Bike Tour Across the Golden Gate
    • 3 hour tour across the Golden Gate Bridge, down to Sausalito, and cross the San Francisco Bay via ferry to return back to the city.
    • Departs daily at 10am and 1pm 
    • From $48 per person 

Reviews of Alcatraz Bikes and Tours 

This is a small company with an excellent reputation. Compared to the others listed above, Alcatraz Bikes and Tours has a very low number of reviews. However, the limited few that they do have are generally very positive. The bikes themselves are praised for being in excellent condition and for coming in many different varieties. The tour guides are also complimented for their expert knowledge and approachable personalities. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Other Guided Bike the Bridge Tours: 

Bike and Roll San Francisco – The tour is described as a 9 mile bike ride that takes about 2.5 hours with 60 minutes of riding time. The tour runs at 10am and costs $55 per person.


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WINE COUNTRY & BREWERY TOURS

There is one company that has cleverly blended a bike tour with wine tasting or beer. Gears and Grapes Getaways is a relatively new tour operator that leads all-day bike tours to San Francisco’s wine country, as well as another to several different breweries and pubs. Their Craft Brews and Bike Tour is 3 hours and visits 3 different spots, while their Wine Country Bike Tour is a length 9 hours and included 4 different wine tastings. 


Gears and Grapes Getaways 

Gears and Grapes Getaways brilliantly blend cycling with wine and beer tasting tours. Their Full-Day Wine Country Bike Tour takes you out into the countryside and to 4 different wineries. Tasting fees and gratuities are not included, but a gourmet lunch at midday is. The distance between wineries is 3-7 miles and does involve cycling up and down hills. Alternatively, they also offer a Craft Brews and Bike Tour which visits 3 different breweries and runs for 3 hours through the city. The tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring that it is a more intimate experience. 

Reviews of Gears and Grapes Getaways 

Reviews of Gears and Grapes are excellent, with many guests citing the incredible time they had ride through the countryside or city on one of their tours (read the reviews). Some were a bit overwhelmed by the number of hills on the Full-Day Wine Country Bike Tour, so be sure to honestly consider whether you’re up for cycling all day through wine country as the terrain tends to be uneven. However, most people seem to have a really positive experience and encourage others to do the same. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


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BIKE TOUR COMBO PACKAGES

There are a handful of companies that offer discounted packages that combine their bike tour with another popular activity or attraction. Both Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours and Grapes and Gears sell packages that include tickets to Alcatraz. For those hoping to visit the prison but unable to get tickets elsewhere (they often sell out weeks in advance!), this is a great alternative as it guarantees you entry and cuts down the price on both activities. Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours combine the Alcatraz ticket with a bike tour over the Golden Gate Bridge for $138 per person. Grapes and Gears, on the other hand, run a Craft Brews Bike Tour with Alcatraz for $117 per person or a Wine Country Bike Tour with Alcatraz for $201 per person. 

Gray Line is the only company that allows you to combine a bike tour with a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. There are several different package options including a 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus with a Bike Rental, a 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus with a Bike Rental, or a 48-Hour Bus with Bike Rental and nighttime walking tour. 


Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours have partnered up with Alcatraz to offer combo tour packages that incorporate a visit to one of the most infamous prison’s in America with either a bike tour across the Golden Gate Bridge or around the city at sunset. Both bike tours depart from Fisherman’s Wharf and last approximately 2 and 3-4 hours, respectively. Alcatraz admission is available on the first day and includes a self-guided tour around the prison. 

  • Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Tour
    • A 3- or 4-hour bike tour over the Golden Gate Bridge or through the Presidio
    • Bike tour departs from Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz ferries depart from Pier 33 (typically in the afternoon) 
    • From $138 per person 
  • Alcatraz and California Sunset Tour
    • A 2-day tour package, including a visit to Alcatraz and a biking tour of San Francisco
    • Bike tour departs from Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz ferries depart from Pier 33 (typically in the afternoon) 
    • From $138 per person 

Reviews of Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Both Alcatraz combo packages offered by Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours rate very highly on TripAdvisor. Many guests seem to have purchased the package primarily to have access to Alcatraz, which is often sold out weeks in advance. However, all who did this also comment on how pleasantly surprised they were by the quality of the bike tour, which often was each guest’s favorite part. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Gray Line 

There are technically 3 different combo packages available through Gray Line. The first includes 24-hour access to Gray Line’s hop-on, hop-off bus with a 1-day bike rental to explore San Francisco and the Sausalito area. If you wish to have additional time to use the hop-on, hop-off bus service, then you can opt for 48-hour access in combination with a bike rental for just $10 more. Finally, you can also choose to add an evening walking tour to the 48-hour package for just $85. Be sure to check out their full list of San Francisco tours. 

Reviews of Gray Line 

Gray Line is a well known tour company that has received somewhat mixed reviews over the years, yet continues to be one of the most popular companies in the San Francisco area. Though some were disappointed with the quality of the bus tour, all admit that Gray Line is a very affordable option compared to some of the others. TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars.


Gears and Grapes Getaways 

Gears and Grapes Getaways, the company that specializes in wine and brewery bike tours, also offers a series of combo packages. You can choose to add a ticket to Alcatraz with either their Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour or their Wine County Bike Tour. Both take place over 2 days, so you can maximize your self-guided tour of Alcatraz on the first or second day. Additionally, Gears and Grapes Getaways also offers a Wine Country Bike Tour combined with a picnic lunch and transportation from San Francisco. 

Reviews of Gears and Grapes Getaways 

People seem to love Gears and Grapes Getaways’s tours, particularly when combined with tickets to Alcatraz. Like some of the other companies selling Alcatraz combo packages, these tours are very popular with those who were unable to acquire Alcatraz tickets elsewhere. As one visitor who bought this package for that reason says, “this ended up working in our favour as the bike tour was really fun.” TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


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BIKE RENTALS

If you’re looking to explore San Francisco on your own, then there are a few different companies that offer rentals. Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours have both regular and electric bikes available for 24-hour rental. Blazing Saddles also offers regular bike rentals for just slightly more than Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours. 


City Sightseeing 

City Sightseeing offers 4 different bike rental options for those interested in a ‘self-guided’ tour of San Francisco. You can choose between either a 3 hour rental for $24 or a 24 hour rental for just $5 more. Also, you can add a ferry ride ticket to the price of the rental for a discounted rate, or opt to rent an electric bike. All rentals come with a helmet and can be returned to many different shops around the city. 

Reviews of City Sightseeing

Guests seem very pleased with the quality of the bikes available for rental with City Sightseeing. Several others also emphasize how renting a bike is a great way to explore the city on your own. Most of the reviewers rented a bike along with another City Sightseeing tour and seemed very happy with the overall experience. TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars. 


Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Though they run several bike tours around San Francisco, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours also offer bike rentals for those interested in exploring the city on their own. You can choose between a regular bicycle rental or an electric bike rental. Though the latter is significantly more expensive than the former, an electric bike can often be preferable when roaming around the Bay Area’s famous hills. 

Reviews of Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours are generally very well rated. Guests praise the company for keeping the bikes in excellent condition and ensuring that the pick-up/drop-off locations are easy to find. The staff also receive plenty of compliments for being well organized and friendly. The rare complaint typically comes from guests who were unfamiliar with the large number of hills in San Francisco, and therefore found biking around the city to be more challenging than expected. TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars. 


Blazing Saddles Bike Tours

Similar to Bay City Bike Rental and Tours, Blazing Saddles also offers a 1-day bike rental for $36 per person. Bikes can be returned and collected from either Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square. Staff will help you familiarize yourself with different bike routes around the city, each of which is clearly labeled as beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Their shops are open from 6am to 8pm daily, allowing for plenty of time to return the bikes. A helmet, lock, and rear rack is included in the cost of each rental. 

Reviews of Blazing Saddles Bike Tours 

Blazing Saddles Bike Tours receive excellent reviews of their bike rentals. Many people praise the company’s bikes for being so well maintained. Others also appreciate the staff for mapping out the different routes and clearly explaining each one’s difficulty. Some were disappointed that their bike seat was properly fitted for them, so be sure to insist this happens before you depart! TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars.  


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BAY AREA BIKE SHARE PROGRAM

Another way to easily get around San Francisco on 2 wheels is via the Bay Area Bike Share Program. Though this is a service most often used by locals in the city, tourists can also benefit from this affordable option. However, keep in mind that this is not a typical bike rental company. Rather than paying a fixed fee for 24-hour unlimited access to a bike, the Bay Area Bike Share Program allows you to pay just $9 per day for a 24-hour rental that must be checked-in to a Bike Share Station every 30 minutes. There are several of these stations around the city, so it is fairly easy to do this. However, it can be a hassle for those hoping to explore the city more freely. 

Reviews of Bay Area Bike Share Program 

Reviews of Bay Area Bike Share Program on TripAdvisor are generally very negative, as most of the reviewers found the payment structure to be confusing and therefore felt they were unfairly overcharged. Also, as these are primarily commuter bikes, they are much bulkier than the sleek models available through standard bike rental companies. Lastly, some guests were unhappy about the $100 deposit that is automatically deducted with each 24-hour rental and then not returned for several weeks. However, visitors who are not concerned about the delayed deposit reimbursement and understand the payment system were very happy. 


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DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

A 1-day bike rental is available through Blazing Saddles on the Go San Francisco Card, which gives you access to several different attractions over a 1-5 day period. Prices start at $73 per person. 

To learn about other deals and discounts available to visitors of San Francisco, check out this post


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