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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.

Departure Time

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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 40 minutes.
Mar 2021
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 live guides and pre-recorded commentary 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 2021
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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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Do not use this bus!!!
Fred_B
, Jan 2022
My husband and I went to Chicago for our anniversary in January. We thought riding the hop on hop off tour bus would be a good way to see the sights since we used a similar one in Washington DC and it went very well. What a mistake!!! We rode the bus from Millennium park to the next stop. When we wanted to get back on the bus they were nowhere around. I checked the app map and only one bus was actually on the route. It was a Saturday at noon! We ended up Ubering to our next spot- then we tried again to get on the bus. The bus was there but there was no bus driver! 2 girls on the bus said he was gone and wouldn’t be back for 30 minutes!!! This tour was a total waste of money!!! We should of saved our money and just paid to Uber where we wanted to go!!! Which is what we ended doing!!! So disappointing!!!
star-1
Worst Experience … Stay Away
Lonnie_C
, Jan 2022
Hello Unfortunately, this was the worst experience for both my party and the other 4 couples. I have used other hop on hop off tours in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia. The guide appeared to be rushed and didn’t explain the stops. We paid a total of 454.00 dollars for a guide to say “look left here is the pier”. One complete sentence. The driver was extremely fast , texting on his phone between stops and twice swerved from lanes. As all parties in our group work for the civil service - we found this completely unacceptable and dangerous, lastly the bus driver didn’t say one word during the last 4 stops. Not one single word. Sorry, I am not a complainer, but I will never use this service again. We travel to New Orleans, Seattle and Washington DC in the next 3-5 months and we will be taking our business elsewhere.
star-5
Was very informative
Tausha_C
, Dec 2021
The driver was very helpful and we had an excellent time. The bus took us to all the local attractions in Chicago and the driver helped us with our decision on where to stop and get off He also told us where we need to go to get back on the bus it was very very helpful and we had a great time. I highly recommend this tour. was traveling with my family and we had no problems getting back on and off the bus
star-2
Chicago big bus hop on hop off - terrible
John_B
, Dec 2021
Waited 25 minutes on the bus to leave from the first stop. The pre-recorded tour guide voices were terribly annoying. The personal tour is what I look forward to the most. The driver did not time the recordings to the sights, so they talked about things we had already passed. If we chose to sit inside downstairs you can't see clearly out of the windows because they are wrapped. Over all, a very poor experience.
star-5
Very scenic area
Alan_D
, Dec 2021
Very easy to hop in and off. There are many things to look at during each stop, purchase a 2 day pass if you have the time.
star-3
Very complete tour of the...
Marisa_C
, Dec 2021
Very complete tour of the loop however we had a hard time identifying where the stop was - no signage . Called customer service for guidance which we didn’t get . Used the app to communicate with tour guide did not receive a response. Once we did find stop and boarded to bus the driver was very rude.
star-4
I really enjoyed...
Andrea_D
, Dec 2021
I really enjoyed listening to the audio which painted a great picture of the different landmarks in Chicago, they made it fun to listen to.
star-4
Points of interest in a day
Ursula_F
, Dec 2021
We loved seeing Soldier Field, the Navy Pier, and 360 Chicago. The stops were not clearly marked- we totally missed the first stop but got to the second one just before the bus. After that, knowing where to find the next bus was a big help.
star-5
Birthday fun in Chicago
Karen_H
, Dec 2021
We celebrated 🍾 my birthday 🎂 on the hop on hop off bus. We stopped at the Navy Pier and have a great lunch at Harry Carey. The We went for a ride on the Ferris Wheel.
star-5
Very helpful as we had a walker to deal with and our drivers were wonderful. Looking forward to our next three .Thanks
MaryandZlekn_B
, Dec 2021
Very helpful as we had a walker to deal with and our drivers were wonderful. Looking forward to our next three theater tours San Francisco Los Angeles and San Diego.

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