Become a Guide

Become a City Guide

If you love San Francisco, and are passionate about sharing its history, architecture and lore, consider becoming a volunteer guide with us!


  • Enjoy meeting visitors from around the world 
  • Have an interest in public speaking, history and culture of SF
  • Be able to navigate city blocks and speak clearly
  • Can commit to a minimum of 12 tours a year


  • Review and understand the application process as described below
  • If accepted, program enrollment fee of $295
  • Attend all eight training sessions:
    • Lectures by San Francisco subject matter experts
    • Tips from experienced guides on giving successful tours
    • Starts in February, given on non-consecutive Saturdays, 10am-4pm
      2024 dates: Feb 24, Mar 09 & 23, Apr 06 & 20, May 04 & 18, Jun 01
  • Attend 6 or more City Guides tours during the training program window
  • Lead successful first tour within 3-4 months after the end of the training


  • Enjoy extensive reading lists and mentoring
  • Learn more about San Francisco and share what you love
  • Participate in continuing education
  • Receive quarterly newsletters 
  • Annual appreciation party and other social events



The application window for the Class of 2024 is now closed.
The application form for the Class of 2025 will be available in mid-June 2024, with a deadline in early December 2024.

For more information, please call the City Guides office 415-375-0468 or send an email to gro.sediugyticfs@sruot.