#1 Rated Ghost Tour in San Francisco

Join us for an unforgettably eerie journey into San Francisco’s hidden past as we reveal today’s frightening and persistent hauntings often experienced by Golden Gate City’s locals – and the guests on tour. Our unique collection of captivating, tragic, and true stories reveals what makes San Francisco the most haunted city in California.

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From the Gold Rush to the Golden Gate Bridge, these nightly ghost tours will keep you on your toes and show you the ghostly bizarre side of San Francisco. You don’t have to believe in ghosts, but you will after San Francisco’s premier ghost tour.

  • Ghost Tour Meeting Location: Tours begin at Union Square on the corner of Powell Street and Post Street.

  • Tour Duration: 1hr. across 1 mile

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  • Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Scott Helkaa 5 Stars Worth the time. It's a workout as well Asa tour!... read more
25 Nov 2023
By: Scott Helkaa
Charles B 5 Stars It was a great night of crazy historical happenings!!... read more
15 Nov 2023
By: Charles B
Aaron Gilbert 5 Stars I'm glad I choose to do this tour. Jamie was an excellent tour guide.... read more
15 Nov 2023
By: Aaron Gilbert

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Historic disaster, Celebrity Intrigue, and Ancient Evils

When you think of San Francisco, you likely think of tech-minded companies like Apple or Pixar, the unbelievable food, Alcatraz, or the first Chinatown in the US – but our tour will show you a historically accurate side of the city that not many people realize exists. Take a walk with us through the Nob Hill and Union Square sections of the city where you will find stories from every layer of society that has ever lived here. From Hollywood Scandals to haunted hotels.

Our expert local guides will tell you about the terrible night that led to Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s blacklisting from the film industry.

Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter building, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906. Listen to how the city was littered with broken buildings and refugee camps for the hundreds of thousands made homeless after the earthquake. This act of God has haunted the city for over a hundred years.

After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, drawing prospectors from the East Coast of America and China across the Pacific Ocean. Not everyone can strike gold, though, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune found tragedy instead. Their stories will likely disturb and frighten you hear how these events echo through history and continue to impact the area. The accounts compiled for this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.

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Each of our guides is a local expert, extensively trained, and experienced. Join our San Francisco Ghosts tour and see famous sites within the historic Nob Hill neighborhood, including the Fairmont Hotel, Dennis T. Sullivan Memorial, and the secretive Union-Pacific Club. For large parties, we offer customized group ghost tours for a more personal, VIP experience as well as our traditional ghost walk.

What draws the supernatural to San Francisco?

San Francisco is a city that thrives on the diversity of the people who live here. The gold rush of 1849 opened up the Western United States like never before, and as a result, people flooded into the Golden City. These new settlers came full of hope, looking for new opportunities. But with hope, inevitably comes dashed dreams and human tragedy.

Our tour offers an uncompromising look at what makes San Francisco such a haunted location. Every story you hear on the tour will showcase the real history and well-researched tragedy that hides at the city’s fringes. San Francisco is one of the most active paranormal locations in the country, and after taking the San Francisco Ghosts tour, you will know why.

Whether we talk about the once-grand Nob Hill mansions that were leveled by the earthquake or the tragic death of a heroic Fire Chief, you will not be able to get these blood-chilling stories out of your mind long after the tour ends.


You want to know the real story of San Francisco

The stories we have don’t appear on any of the Clamper plaques around the city, and certainly not in any guidebook. Each stop on our 8 or 12 location tours gives you a vivid and memorable look into the real story of San Francisco. Unvarnished, and unleashed, San Francisco has many ghosts in its closet. Like the Fairmont Hotel, one of the few structures still standing after the 1909 earthquake, subsequent tragic accidents gave rise to rumors of a curse, one of the original pair of sisters that built the hotel even comes back occasionally in spectral form to check up on how their hotel is doing.

You will hear other stories that will bring alive the complex and evocative history of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The research process turned up stories from further afield in Northern California, some of which we could not include in the San Francisco Ghosts walking tour, so we included them in our blog of haunted stories of the San Francisco area,

You only have a short time in the city.

If you are looking for an activity just after dinner, and before the city comes alive at night, our hour-long ghost tour can help you get the most out of your short time in San Francisco.

The stories come thick and fast as you take our standard tour of a one-mile route around San Francisco’s Nob Hill and Union Square neighborhoods. You will not only touch the history of the city but hear the fascinating stories of the people who make up the living, breathing history of this amazing city, and their everlasting remains; ghosts.

More fun than any museum and you get more up close and personal than any tour bus. Our expert local guides will show you a side of San Francisco that not many locals get to see. That is another reason people who have lived here all their lives often join the San Francisco Ghosts tour, they sometimes add additional facts and stories to the tour, but even locals always learn something new about the City by the Bay.

You are a skeptic of the Supernatural.

Our tours happen in the twilight hours, click on the book now button to see the exact tour times, you will set out just as darkness is falling, and the spirits are just waking up. We have had many people on the tour experience an unusual chill, and not because Karl the fog is rolling in. That’s right, the legendary San Francisco Fog has a name, and even a Twitter account!  The chills our tour guests experience are from glimpses of the occasional ghost or an unexplained feeling. This isn’t guaranteed, and wouldn’t expect a sighting to change the mind of a hardened skeptic, but we have expanded the horizons of quite a few people over the years. We would welcome the chance to expand your receptivity to the supernatural.

Perhaps you will become one of the many people who have seen the Wandering Bride of California Street. She has a very mysterious story, we know some details, an arranged marriage to the son of her father’s business partner, a disappearance on the night of her presentation to society, the mysterious discovery of her body in Montana years later.  She is often seen in her wedding dress hurrying down California Street at night.

You want something the whole family will enjoy

Everyone can learn something about San Francisco and be entertained at the same time. The whole family can enjoy San Francisco Ghosts, and the stories are not so scary as to cost younger ghost enthusiasts a night of sleep, but they will be remembered for years to come.

We believe a good story is the best souvenir, and we have 8 or 12 stories for you that are made even more memorable because you will be standing on the exact spots where the remarkable events from history happened.  You don’t get the same experience from the seat of a bus whizzing by these places.

A walking tour is the only way to be able to reach out and touch the stones of the Sutter building and run your hands over the bizarre Mayan designs. They include the World Tree symbol, a traditional sign of a connection between the world of the living and the dead. The building has recorded a lot of unexplained happenings over the years. The story about how a building constructed in the 1920s to house medical professionals came to have a set of symbols from a long-dead civilization thousands of miles away is a fascinating one.

Book your spot to find out more, and be thoroughly entertained on the haunted streets of San Francisco.