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Magic Bus

280 Geary St, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815
+1 855-969-6244
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Magic Bus. Magic Bus blends past and present in a psychedelic journey through San Francisco's rich counter-culture history. This two-hour “trip” aboard a brightly painted vintage bus weaves a visual narrative of San Francisco from Beatniks to the Summer of Love and beyond! With retractable window screens and digital micro-projectors, Magic Bus uses innovative technology to create a mobile movie theater on a bus. See San Francisco through a new window of altered perception and historical context. Sing along to classic tunes with our hippie hostess. Flash peace signs to passers-by as bubbles swirl from the bus. Stroll through the grass in Golden Gate Park with a flower in your hair, all on your time-traveling adventure aboard Magic Bus! Building on a 30 year history of original, site-specific productions, including the original Alcatraz Cell House Tour, Antenna Theater presents a new kind of tour experience- the Magic Bus!
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  • Average5%
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“flower power” (3 reviews)
“fun history” (2 reviews)
“combo ticket” (2 reviews)
280 Geary St, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102-1815
Union Square
+1 855-969-6244
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a unique experience! You board a redone school bus painted with psychedelic renderings. The inside of the bus has been gutted with outward looking seating, psychedelic light balls, and movie screens. The movie screens show news clips from the 60's for those folks who...More

Thank Tapdancer618
Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up in the 60's and loved the flashback of the music & what was going on during this time via videos. I surprized my husband ,who was in Thailand serving his country in 1967, with this tour because he said to me he...More

Thank dkperreira
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Magic Bus 'hippie' tour! Full of fun, laughter, singing and positive energy! Tour includes a storyline and videos of the Hippie days and tracks key locations across the city. If you want something different and you aren't afraid to wear flowers in your hair...More

Thank HilaryJS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I grew up in Berkeley, I was a child when all this was happening. This tour was, informative, imaginative and a lot of fun!! It did fill in the blank spaces of my childhood memories. The old school bus is refurbished and fairly comfortable....More

Thank teetyme2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Magic Bus Summer of Love tour was a fast paced, high tech. tour of San Francisco of the 1960's. The bus is equiped with projectrs, screens and sound and takes you on a tour of botht he past and present. The guides were fun,...More

Thank Cris9505
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Had a good time. Enjoyed the tour through San Francisco. During the tour listened to Music of the 60's, watched Videos and short clips of happenings back in the 60's which was from my Era. Enjoyed stories about the past. We also experienced a lift...More

1  Thank lindap412
Reviewed 25 April 2017

The magic bus takes you back in time in a funky old bus with two real hippies! It's the most fun I've ever had on a tour bus. I highly recommend it to anyone who is ok with getting out of their comfort zone and...More

1  Thank BikesBeerFood
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Was looking for away to gain alcatraz tickets and so tied this in for a tour of san fran. maybe we should of read up a little bit first but unless you a a hippy enthusiast I wouldnt particualry recommend for an informative tour of...More

Thank tonywilson77
ZipperyZap, Owner at Magic Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2016

The Magic Bus does not purport to be a standard tour bus but a magical bus, we not only take our guest around the city but to the moon and back in time -wow - Standard tour busses generally don't do this but the Magic...More

Reviewed 24 August 2016

We booked the joint tour - Magic Bus in the morning and Alcatraz in the afternoon. It was supposed to be the highlight of our trip. The morning was quite good. Not as exciting as some of the reviews suggest, but fun. I would have...More

2  Thank sandraern
ZipperyZap, Owner at Magic Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2016

First of all we are honored and delighted that you enjoyed our Magic Bus experience, most people do- which brings us great joy. As to not getting tickets to Alcatraz - this has been an ongoing problem with Viator which has consistently sold ticket to...More

Reviewed 18 August 2016

Our guide, Gaia, really made the tour great. The tour really captured the hippy vibe of the 60's and was a good tour of the city. Lots of history and sights. I loved riding down the street in our hippy bus blowing bubbles and waving...More

Thank Kathy H
Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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