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24 Hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour 1

Hop-On Hop-Off Chicago Bus Tour: 24-Hour Ticket

Gate Prices Adult $40.00
Child (3-12) $20.00

This hop-on hop-off double decker bus tour allows you to explore Chicago at your own pace and provides a convenient way to get around to Chicago’s most popular attractions and destinations.

Along the way, you’ll enjoy entertaining and informative narration about Chicago’s famous architecture, landmarks, history, and more. You’ll see some of Chicago’s most iconic skyscrapers, including the John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, and the Wrigley Building. Enjoy the freedom to hop-off at lots of top attractions like the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and more.

This bus tour is a perfect introduction to the city for first-time visitors. Take a ride on the top deck for a birds-eye view of the city to capture some postcard-worthy photos.

The Chicago Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Hop-On Hop-Off Chicago Bus Tour: 24-Hour Ticket, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Getting In

Present your pass at the Big Bus deck at the Hard Rock Cafe Gift Shop at 63 W Ontario. The Big Bus representative will give you your Big Bus ticket.

Ticket pick-up is available from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Your Big Bus ticket starts at time of redemption. You will need to show only your Big Bus ticket to the driver when boarding a Big Bus. Please note, you may redeem your pass for a Big Bus ticket only once per life of card.

Additional Summer Redemption Locations:
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, your pass may be exchanged for a Big Bus ticket at these additional redeption locations:

  1. Palmer House Hilton (Big Bus kiosk outside of the hotel)
    17 E. Monroe Street
  2. Adler Planetarium (Big Bus kiosk outside of the attraction's entrance)

Your pass is valid for a 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off ticket. As a Special Offer, upgrade to a 48-Hour ticket for just $5! Upgrade fee is payable directly to Big Bus at the time of redemption.


Daily, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Bus frequency about every 25-30 minutes.


Open 365 days-a-year. Service may occasionally be disrupted due to major city events or festivals outside of the control of Smart Destinations or Big Bus.


Factors such as traffic or weather can lengthen the amount of time between each stop so please plan accordingly.

Popular Attraction Stops

The hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour has 14 stops, including 8 at or near attractions on the Go Chicago Card listed below:

(2) CHICAGO THEATRE 175 N State St

  • Chicago Theatre Tour


  • Skydeck Chicago

(4) MILLENNIUM PARK & PALMER HOUSE corner of N Michigan Ave and E Monroe St

  • Grand Tour - Gray Line
  • Panoramic & Scenic North Side Tour
  • Historic Chicago South Shore Tour


  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation

(7) ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S Lake Shore Dr

  • Adler Planetarium

(9) FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S Lake Shore Dr

  • The Field Museum

(11) NAVY PIER corner of E Grand Ave and N Streeter Dr

  • Navy Pier Centennial Wheel & Rides
  • Tall Ship WINDY
  • Classic Lake Tour
  • Bike and Roll Chicago
  • Architecture River Cruise - Navy Pier
  • Chicago Children's Museum

(12) THE WATER TOWER 835 N Michigan Ave

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

(13) THE JOHN HANCOCK CENTER & 360 CHICAGO 875 N Michigan Ave

  • 360 CHICAGO

Please note: the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour is a great way to get acquainted with the city, but should not be relied on as a mode of transportation. For quickest transportation between attractions, we recommend you take the L.


Located in the Hard Rock Café Gift Shop
63 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL

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