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  • Save up to 50% on top San Francisco attractions. Pay nothing at the gate!
  • Choose as you go. Enjoy 3, 4, or 5 attractions and tours from 20 attractions.
  • Easy to use. Show your pass at designated ticketing areas and enjoy!
  • Take your time. Pass is valid for 30 days after your first attraction visit.
  • Instant delivery. Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app or print it out in advance.

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Visit 3 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$65 / $49
Visit 4 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$85 / $65
Visit 5 Choices
Adult / Child (3-12)
$100 / $75

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Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you one year from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

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What is a San Francisco Explorer Pass?

A San Francisco Explorer Pass is a multi-attraction pass that includes admission to your choice of 3, 4, or 5 San Francisco attractions for one low price.

How does a San Francisco Explorer Pass work?
  • Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit — we offer 3, 4, or 5-Choice Passes.
  • Your San Francisco Explorer Pass gets you into any of the 20 included attractions. No need to decide before your trip, choose as you go from the options included with your pass.
  • Simply present your pass at included attractions for admission. Pay nothing at the gate.
  • Visiting your first attraction activates your card. Then, you’ll have 30 days to use your pass.
How will I get my pass?

Instantly! Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

What else does the pass include?

You'll get a guide with hours of operation and directions for each attraction, and a map to help plan your itinerary.

Frequently Asked Questions Show All

Is this just a discount card? Will I still need to buy tickets?

No. Passes include admission to each attraction; no need to pay anything at the gate. Some attractions may offer upgrades or special exhibits for an additional fee.

Do I need to choose my attractions in advance?

Nope, choose as you go. The pass is good for any combination of the number of attractions you purchased.

My child is under 3 years old. Can I get them a San Francisco Explorer Pass?

Child Passes are recommended for children ages 3-12. Many attractions offer free admission for younger children. Please consult the attraction websites for more details.

How will I get my pass?

Instantly! Choose between 2 options:

  • Use your pass right on your phone with the free Go City Card app.
  • Print your pass and guidebook at home.

Links and easy-to-follow instructions for both options will be in your confirmation email.

How do I activate my pass?

Easy: simply visit your first attraction!

Is the pass valid all day?

You bet! Feel free to visit the attractions any time of the day as long as they are open or operating.

What is your refund policy?

Our Risk Free Guarantee gives you one year from your purchase date to return any non-activated passes for a full refund.

How much will I save?

Compare the price of the pass to the gate prices of the attractions you want to visit to see how much you can save. Many customers save 50%.

We give you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and choose the attractions you want to visit depending on your interests.

For inspiration, check out some of our sample itineraries, insider tips, and more for info on all the fun things to do in San Francisco so you can make the most of your time here.

Can I visit an attraction more than once?

No. Your pass includes only one visit per attraction.

Can I purchase passes on the spur of the moment when I arrive in San Francisco?

Of course! With instant digital delivery, you can purchase and access passes right on your mobile device. Or, visit one of our local purchase locations.

Does a San Francisco Explorer Pass expire?

Yes. You have one year from the date of purchase to begin using your pass. After one year, it will expire.

Do I need to make reservations to visit the attractions?

Attractions that require a reservation will display this symbol on the guidebook page.

Some attractions require a credit card to hold a reservation. In these cases, your credit card will not be charged unless you do not show up for your reservation.

Can I use my San Francisco Explorer Pass to ride the cable cars?

Your San Francisco Explorer Pass may be used for a 1-day Muni Visitor Passport, which includes a full day of unlimited rides on the cable cars, muni trains, and muni buses. However, be sure to pick up your passport prior to boarding. There are two locations to do this — one in Fisherman's Wharf and one in Union Square. Both are just a short walk from the cable car boarding locations.

Can I use my San Francisco Explorer Pass® to visit Alcatraz Island?

No. The Escape from the Rock Cruise option does not include a visit to Alcatraz Island but does circle the island and include a narrated account of the most feared institution in the American penal system.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch. San Francisco Explorer Pass has a partnership with all of the participating attractions to make your visit to San Francisco as memorable as possible and to help you save time and money.

Can I share my pass with a friend or sell it?

No. The San Francisco Explorer Pass is non-transferrable and may not be re-sold.

What happens if an attraction is closed or a tour is cancelled due to weather or other problem?

While we do our best to ensure that all attractions are available, events happen that are out of our control. The great thing about a San Francisco Explorer Pass is that there are so many attractions to choose from. If an attraction is closed, or cannot be visited for some reason, we know you'll find a fun alternative in your guidebook!

I still have questions!

Please feel free to call us at 800‑887‑9103 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Reviews

4.5/5 10 Reviews

For first time visitors [the Go San Francisco Card] was a fantastic product! We saw and did so much, I don't think we would have done half of the attractions had we not bought the cards! Saved over £300!! […]

- Krocky from London

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I would buy this product again
By Gaby from Long Beach, CA on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

It was easy to use and it had a lot of attractions that we could use. The staff at every attraction we went to was nice and super helpful. It also helped me plan my itinerary for the day by already giving me choices on where I could go.

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I would buy it again
By Jiles the butler from New Zealand on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

I used the card over a short stay in San Francisco, and it was fantastic.

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The best
By Javi 400 from Los Angeles on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

It was me and my girlfriends first time to san francisco. we were recommended go city by a neighbor, and it was really helpful. It kept our passes into one and was very convenient to use.

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The go card made our vacation. We will use it again
By Rebecca from Wichita ks on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

It allowed us to choose the attractions to fit within our timeframe. We will use it in other cities

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Very good deal in SF
By Jay from ex Akld. NZ on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

Good flexibility to do selected things in the limited time.

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Excellent Value and Great Choices
By Fiona from London on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

I bought the 4 Passes in 1 deal for me and my other half. We ended up saving a lot of money and got to do everything we wanted to do. Ferry from Bridge to Bridge - a great relaxed way to go around the coast of San Francisco, learn some history, see the Golden Gate Bridge from a different perspective and have a great view of San Francisco and Alcatraz at the same time. Go Cars - these were super fun, we used the car to make our way to Lombard street and ride down it - much better than being inside a taxi or car. Bike Tour - This was the highlight of the trip for us... the sun was shining and it was the ideal occasion to ride down to the Golden Gate Bridge, go over it and come back... you wont regret it - you can get some great pictures and ride around the coast line of San Francisco is great (less hilly, much easier to ride) Lastly, we got the 'muni pass', this is a must do, as it gives you access to use the cable cars and is a great experience...even if you hop on and hop off once, it is worth doing!

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It was pretty useful.
By Kate from England on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

I enjoyed using this card but still had to purchase extracts to see the main sites.

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somewhat disappointing
By red from canada on
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

we bought the 3-event pass, and used it for the hop-on-hop-off bus tour, the bridge-to-bridge boat tour, and the museum of modern art. the best part was the boat tour, and the museum of modern art was exactly what we expected, but we couldn't spend enough time there just because of our schedule. the hop-on-hop-off bus was not good. it was one of the many competing companies, but it seemed to have the least number of buses - we waited over an hour for a bus, supposedly because of traffic, but none of the other lines seemed to have that problem, since one of them ran three buses by us before this one showed up. and they shut down too early (5:00?) to be useful to or from dinner. the next problem was when we redeemed our vouchers - the go-card deal was only valid for one of their routes, or you could upgrade to the regular ticket for an extra $20. this negated the savings we were supposed to be getting. and the quality of their tour guides varied widely, because they don't use a pre-recorded system. the narration on the first day was interesting, but when we took the same route the following day, the guide really didn't convey very much information, and couldn't seem to get more than one sentence out without reminding us to tip him and the driver. i would have done better to choose a different event.

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Great deal
By Kgo from Bc, Canada on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

Variety of attractions that are included in the package that we were able to create. Easy, convenient and saved us $. We will definitely look for CityPasses when we travel moving forward

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San Francisco
By Ames from New Braunfels, Texas on
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations San Francisco Explorer Pass®:

This was a great way to do several activities at a tremendous savings!!

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