FAQs: Group tours

What do you consider a group?

Schools, community groups, churches, non-profit organizations, camps, tour companies, and any group comprising 10 or more visitors must make a reservation.

When are group tours offered??

Group tours are offered every weekday for about nine months of the year (fall, spring, and summer). Please see the Group Tours page for more details. Group tours are offered at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm on weekdays only.

Do you offer weekend group tours?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer group tours on weekends or holidays.

How much does it cost to reserve a group tour?

Group tours are free only to California middle schools, high schools, and colleges. For private, nonprofit, and out-of-state school groups, the following fees apply:

1-35 people: $50
36-50 people: $70
51-70 people: $90
71-100 people: $110
100+ people: Please contact the tour coordinator at (510) 642-5216

UC Berkeley Departments will be charged a reduced fee of $25 per 35 people.

What if the day and time I wish to reserve is unavailable?

Available group tour slots are determined by staff availability and are listed on our reservation calendar. If a tour slot is not listed for the day and time of your choice, it means all tours for that time have already been reserved.

How do I make a group tour reservation?

Group tour reservations are made via our reservation website.

When should I make a reservation?

Reservations for groups must be made at least two weeks in advance. We begin accepting reservations about one month prior to each semester (fall, spring, and summer).

How do I cancel a tour?

If you have your confirmation number and email, please go to the cancel reservation page. If you have misplaced it, please call (510) 642-5216.

Where should we park our bus?

Buses may unload passengers at the loading zone on Bancroft Way near College Avenue. It is a short walk from thee to the Visitor Center in 101 Sproul Hall.  There is no visitor parking on campus, but buses may b able to park on the West Crescent at the west entrance of campus at the intersection of Center Street and Oxford Street.   The driver must remain with the bus at all times in case they are asked to move.

When you arrive, the group should proceed to the fountain in Sproul Plaza while one representative comes to the Visitor Center in 101 Sproul Hall.  Your guide will be waiting at the Visitor Center.

Do you offer storage for luggage or other group gear

Unfortunately, the campus does not permit storage of guests' possessions anywhere on the campus due to security reasons.

Can we make arrangements to eat in a campus cafeteria?

Please call (510) 642-9217 to make group reservations for campus dining facilities.

Do you offer guided tours for elementary school children?

Guided tours are not available for elementary school groups; instead we offer our self-guided CalKids tour, available as downloadable PDFs for both children and their chaperones.