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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

By BigBus Chicago
Known as a world-famous hub for architecture, art, and politics, the lakeside city of Chicago has a wealth of must-see sights. Know exactly where to go in the Windy City on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour, complete with several stops covering everything from the famous Thorne Miniature Rooms in the Art Institute to the Adler Planetarium. Plus, this hop-on-hop-off tour means you can take charge of your own sightseeing itinerary.
from
RM 206.57
per adult
from
RM 206.57
per adult

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Ages 3-99
Duration:2h
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • A hop-on hop-off tour of downtown Chicago makes sightseeing easy 
  • Hop off and get back on as many times as you wish
  • Audio commentary provides important historical context 
  • See highlights including the Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, and Grant Park

  • Hop-on, Hop-off, Open-top, Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Audio Guide
  • Live Bus Tracking
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Hop on the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops to begin your tour. Pop on the earphones provided to listen to audio commentary on the history of the Windy City, from its iconic architecture to the life and times of famous Chicago residents like Al Capone. You have your pick of sights such as Willis Tower, with panoramic views of four different states, the Field Museum, home of world-class history exhibits, or Navy Pier, where you can grab some cotton candy and take a ride on a classic Ferris wheel. And make sure to enjoy the bus ride. You cross the Chicago River and get a front-row view of the Magnificent Mile, with its historic waterfront and luxury retail stores. Don’t forget to save time for the Impressionist masterworks at the Art Institute of Chicago. An insider's tip: duck into the lower-level to see the astonishing detail in the Thorne Miniature Rooms.  The night tour includes views of Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night.  Note, this is not hop-on, hop-off. 

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5096CHICAGO

  • 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
  • Please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
  • Customers are advised to download the Big Bus app to find out more about our new health and safety measures and for real-time bus tracking information. Alternatively please visit the Big Bus website.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
How much is Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour price starts from RM 206.81. Discover and book Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour cancellation policy?
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour?
Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour is hosted by BigBus Chicago. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact BigBus Chicago on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5096CHICAGO

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

TeresaC819
TeresaC819
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Beautiful City Light Tour
I would have rated 5 but we had hard time finding starting location. Actually had to walk from Navy Pier entrance
tonyasI9863WS
tonyasI9863WS
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Chicago experience
The young man Clifton Davis was so friendly and patient when assisting my family and I on picking and planning the
AlwaysWellTraveled
AlwaysWellTraveled
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Love it.
I love the hop on hop off double decker bus tour in any city! If you’re lucky, the driver will enjoy being a newsy
7Teresa30
7Teresa30
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I would do it all over again
I enjoyed our tour guide. She was very nice and welcoming. She spoke to us throughout the tour and was involved in
Sweetcgardner
Sweetcgardner
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Night bus tour
The tour was great! Lots of fun great views of the city. Guide was very knowledgeable. They even stop and let you o
Vacation212977
Vacation212977
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Perfect first day experience
Fun and engaging! Our driver was fun and shared great facts and insights. Highly recommend as a first experience wh
Elfma
Elfma
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Always great
Did the tour with Alex, a passionate guide. So appreciated. Clearly knows and loves this amazing city and is eager
gretchenl250
gretchenl250
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Best Chicago evening tour!
Charlie was the best guide! Awesome energy and so entertaining! We would take this tour again and again.
TeresaHT48
TeresaHT48
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Dissatisfied customer0
purchased a Groupon for June 11, 2022 as my first time visiting Chicago and paid over $61 for two people. Had to r
rudbel777
rudbel777
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Chicago Nights with Yuri
We were in Chicago from July 2 - 5 and decided to take advantage of the Chicago Night Tour. We truly enjoyed the to
raphaelmW4190WD
raphaelmW4190WD
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A tel no would be helpful to talk to a rep in real time
Couldn’t find the bud at the listed location and there was no tel no to call. Waiting for my refund.
845skylerd
845skylerd
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Nice bus ride
Very relaxing trip that made it easy to see a lot of the city. Price was a little bit high and prevents me from giv
Navigate57081007982
Navigate57081007982
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Amazing tour
The driver was amazing!!! She was sweet and her voice made our experience better! This girl needs to put her voice
cortneyd248
cortneyd248
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Worth the money!
Great time had by all ages in my group. It was freezing! Dress warmer then you think or bring 🥃 to keep you warm.
Discover180401
Discover180401
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Very good
We did the night bus tour. William Field was our driver and narrator. He was on point with every land mark. It w
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SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,047 contributions
Jul 2021
The big plus for us, visiting Chicago as tourists with a teenage granddaughter and not knowing our way around, was using the bus as transportation. We bought the single day ticket, but you can also do a two day. We picked it up near our hotel and then figured out the closest Big Bus stops (helped by their app) to all of the sights we wanted to see. We crammed as much as we could into a day, but given the expense of taxis and rideshare, it may be as easy (and maybe as economical) to use it for a two day visit if you download the app before you visit and plan what you want to see. The Big Bus tour itself provided some interesting information we would not have known otherwise and gave us a sense of where things were and how far we could walk. If you are looking at it as strictly an informative "all about Chicago" tour I would hesitate. We were there on a weekday and getting on and off at some stops was difficult because there is no guarantee that seats will be available. It all depends on how many people want to get off at each stop. You may not be able to sit together with family or friends, or have to wait for the next bus, which can be as much as an hour. There used to be Big Bus ticket shacks at the various stops, but they figured out it is cheaper to have you buy tickets online and use your phone.
Written 1 August 2021
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Just Get in the Car
Philadelphia, PA737 contributions
Jun 2022
We took the kids on one of these during our recent visit to Chicago. For five people, it was almost $200. But we figured it was an all day activity, and it would get us all over the city.

The bus itself isn't bad. You get headphones and narrators tell you about the town. But if the bus is crowded (or if the weather is bad) and you can't sit up top, you are going to miss a lot.

They run about every 30 minutes, so you will need to plan your schedule around it. We missed one, and the kids were bored for awhile in front of the Hancock Tower. And their app didn't seem to work in showing just where the buses were.

But we did get a nice scenic drive through the entire city. The drivers on all the buses were friendly as well.

I would recommend for a good sight seeing trip, but for how much you are paying, you probably want to get an early start on your day.
Written 11 July 2022
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wir2sun
Zurich, Switzerland26 contributions
Sep 2022
The tour very much depends on the driver. While we had Candis on the first day, who was entertaining, on the second day, the driver wasn't the best. Overall, although a bit expensive, a bus tour always gives a first view about the city.
Written 26 September 2022
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Hello Wir2sun, thank you; we appreciate your feedback!
Written 30 September 2022
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OrExplorer1
Portland, Or45 contributions
The Chicago BigBus tour is a joke. We have done many hop-on hop-off bus tours in other states and countries and they have all been great. Here they tell you after you purchase your ticket online that you have to get off a few stops later and get a paper ticket. They say you get a free backpack at the second stop (not that we cared). You have to wait over a 1/2 hour until the bus finally moves after you get the paper ticket and get back on. Then they say they are skipping the second stop and they don’t have anymore backpacks (again we didn’t care but why even say that when you get the paper ticket). They tell you nothing other than what the stop is, no history no other information. Too many people not enough buses if you hop off. The most exciting thing was listening to the “co-workers” fight over the radio. Oh and the bus driver yelling out the window cussing at other drivers, using the “f” bomb. Good family tour. NOT!
You can ride the city bus and probably get more information for a ton less of $$.
Written 10 October 2022
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Orexplorer1, thank you for leaving us feedback. We are disappointed to hear that your experience was not a positive one. If you'd be willing to provide more feedback, please reach out to us at info@bigbustours.com so we can assist you further. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Written 18 October 2022
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Terry T
Springfield, MO32 contributions
Love the route, stops and dependability. BUT, they have removed the live docent from the bus who narrates, real time, what you could and should look for on both sides of the street giving a history of the city and the various buildings/sites you pass as you go. Up until COVID, they have always done the live guided tours. NOW, their solution is a very poorly done audio tour where you plug a set of wires earphones into the bus receptacles at each seat and listen to the recorded audio. The problem with this approach is that it is not very informative at all, has a bunch of music on it to fill the time, and it is not gel-codes to locations so there is very little specific narration of what you are about to see or are passing by as the bus proceeds along its route. SO, the bus tour is now really nothing more than a reliable taxi ride to high traffic areas within Chicago. In my opinion, it is no longer worth the money I paid for it in 2018 or 2019 when the route and fee included a live host (docent) to narrate your trip and answer questions about places of interest. Very, very disappointing!
Written 25 July 2022
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Paula F
1 contribution
Horribly disappointing. First thing I do when I visit any new City is take a narrated bus tour to learn the lay of the land and historical, economic, and fun facts about it. For $60 adult 2 day rate(no discount for seniors) I was handed headphones which I plugged in. Only 2 channels, and they were playing the same music. No facts, narrative about the neighborhoods, buildings or anything. All our female bus drive told us was the stops, like museum (not naming it). Was it the Art Institute, childrens’ or planetarium? We were on the second level so couldn’t ask her. Her drawl was hard to understand and we were not able to go to 2 of the stop because “Our president was in town”. We assumed it was for the United Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Convention but she never said for what. We learned noting from her other than to sit, not stand because she didn’t want to have to have the supervisor throw us off the bus. She must have been a former school bus driver who knew nothing to share about the City of Chicago. Why give out earphones if there is no narrative? Ripoff taxi service that you have to wait 30+ minutes for.
Written 11 May 2022
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Jamee E
1 contribution
Apr 2022
Workers not concerned with Customer Service or customers with disabilities. Day one was raining off and on. My partner and I were waiting at Stop 5 to catch the tour bus to Stop 7 and the bus drove right past stop five, even though we were waving in the rain and waiting in the spot they had left people off the day before. Stop five was moved a bit past the hotel due to construction. We had to take a cab to the Aquarium. At 2pm we tried again to catch a bus. As two people who walk with canes, walking towards stop seven in the cold and rain we flag down the bus in between stop 6 & 7. The driver saw us, waved us toward the stop #7. Waited until we were about fifty feet away and then drove off. The next bus real time showed 55 minutes way. We could not stand in the rain and cold for another 55 minutes and had to take an Uber. On Day 2 we were able to get onto the bus in the morning at Stop 5. We rode until Stop 1. At Stop 1 I spoke to the Lead person about the mix up the afternoon before and he said I do not believe that and walked away. On the new bus at stop four we instructed to disembark and move to another bus, we all got off walked to the other bus and were told to go back to the first bus. No communication over the bus speaker as to what was going on. Back on the bus we were to get off at Stop 5 and the bus drove right by it. I asked the driver to stop so we could get off as that was our stop and he said we would have to ride to stop seven again and take another bus all the way around and they may stop. I spent the money for a 2-person 2 -day ticket and was thoroughly disappointed with the service not to mention the lack of courtesy or understanding for the disabled.
Written 4 May 2022
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Joy G
6 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
My sister who was traveling with me said this used to be a great tour and that most guides really knew their stuff and sometimes even entertaining. This trip was none of that. First off, it was cold and rainy. I know the weather is not their fault, but they have added advertising wraps to the busses and they hold water even after it quits raining so you cannot see out. An easy fix would be to take a blower down each side at each stop or as needed. Secondly, the have gotten rid of the guides and give you ear plugs for a recording. It is mostly music and when they do talk it is not synced to the tour. The last driver, one of four, tried to insert a little history and humor but it was a little late.
Written 12 October 2022
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Joyg30, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your experience with us. Falling short of meeting your expectations is not to the standards we strive to achieve, and we humbly ask for the opportunity to make this right. Thank you for providing this information so we can improve upon our services. We hope to hear from you soon. Big Bus Tours Chicago
Written 18 October 2022
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Brian F
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Buyer beware! I would leave a lower rating if possible. This company oversells tickets and then refuses to provide refunds. I have done the hop-off tour and found that you are lucky to get seats at times but what is beyond excuse is the evening tour where only one bus runs. They sell more tickets than there are seats in the bus. If you arrive after seats are taken, they don’t care. There is not another bus. They say come another day. Come within the next 6 months. They tell you to go to the website for a refund but they will only give you the run-around on the website. There are no refunds. That is no solution if you are on vacation. You have options when buying tour tickets. Beware of this one! With lots of tour operators in Chicago, you can see the city without being defrauded.
Written 16 June 2021
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Kathy K
6 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Very disappointed. I have did several BiG Bus tours in Chicago, Philadelphia and Vegas. Enjoyed all until this one. You no longer have someone pointing things of interest out and providing history. It is now a recording that doesn’t match up to where you are at. The music in between is horrible. On top of this we had one really rude driver . Also the buses are now rolling advertising ads with wraps on them. If it is raining you can not see out. Easy fix at each stop blow water off windows so people can see what they paid to see. I will not do another tour with them.
Written 8 October 2022
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Kathy K, thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your experience with us. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope you will consider us again in the future. Take care.
Written 11 October 2022
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