Ferry, San Francisco
This Ferry is located on Pier 41 at Fishermans Wharf.
This company has many Tours by Ferry ,to name a few.
Alcatraz Exclusive & Alcatraz after dark.
San Francisco Bay Cruise.
Wine Country Tour.
Ferry to Sausalito .
This i the Ferry we went on to Sausalito , a very nice boat ride about 40 minutes to get from Pier 41 to the Pier of Sausalito.
I recommend it it gave you a fantastic view of the Bay and of course Alcatraz which you pass by from a close distance.
I will show our tickets and the prices in the next tip.
Tickets can be purchased at Pier 41 & 39
For Advanced ticket sales Phone 415-705-5555
Depearture times and information Phone
While in SanFrancisco we wanted to take a ferry to Sausalito. The BLUE AND GOLD FLEET takes you there. It is located at Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf. The prices are $7.25 per person one way and $14.50 per person return. It was an awesome ride to Sausalito as you pass Alcatraz and you have beautiful views of Golden Gate Bridge.
The ferries here in the bay area are one of my favorite ways to get around. They will take you to some of the islands and to a couple of different places in Marin County as well.
As a cheap way to get a tour of the bay I come out here and just relax.
I believe they also have some that go to and from Oakland and Emeryville. But have not used those yet.
You will have several choices of tours on a boat around the bay. This shot shows a cruise boat under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Bay area citizens used to have to depend on ferry boats to get across the bay, now we have the bridges. You can find ferry boats from Vallejo, San Rafael and Oakland that go into San Francisco at Pier 41. Prices differ, but it isn't that expensive.
Tops on the list would be the Alcatraz Tour our to Alcatra Island and the Bay Cruise that goes under the Golden Gate Bridge.
This is a good way to spend a couple of hours and get some great photo opportunites.
Bring a jacket, as it can get cold.
Buy your tickets left of Pier 39.
If you want to make a side trip to Marin County, taking the ferry is the most relaxing way to do it. Ferries run regularly all day to and from Larkspur and Sausalito. Not a car ferry, but you may may bring bicycles.
Baylink (see www.baylinkferry.com) provides ferry service to Vallejo from the San Francisco Ferry Terminal, an hour long trip that by itself is easily worth $25- round trip as a scenic attraction on the bay. This ferry makes the longest run of any in San Francisco Bay ferry system and so passes by, without stopping at, a larger number of things to be seen: Golden Gate, Richmond, and Carquinez bridges, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, and various other great views only appreciated on this boat ride. But, this commuter run can also be a tourist run to the Napa Valley wine country and to the Six Flags/Marineworld Theme Park. For a full transit style adventure after arrival at the Vallejo Ferry terminal building, take the Vallejo Transit #85 bus (www.vallejotransit.com) to Six Flags/Marineworld. For the Napa Valley Wine Country, take Route 10 bus on Napa County's fixed route VINE transit (www.nctpa.net/vine.cfm). At the Vallejo Ferry terminal is a tourist office that can help with finding the right bus, but they can also assist in finding a wine tour bus or limo service. Although many argue that getting a rental car for the wine country is risky, many of the best wineries are simply not on the tour bus or limo itinerary. However, all the major and many minor rental car agencies are in Vallejo (mostly along Tennessee street in Vallejo) but are a bit far for a walk from the ferry terminal. Even so, the lower cost of renting a car in Vallejo, versus one in San Francisco, will easily justify the taxi fare. Plus, by riding the ferry, one avoids the horrible and often time wasting Bay Area freeway traffic. On the return to SF, the last ferry departs Vallejo at 5:35pm; however, there are 4 "clean-up" buses, one as late as 9:30pm, to take passengers who may have missed the last ferry. See link below for more details. Some ferries also stop at Fisherman's Wharf.
One of the main ways to get to Angel Island is via ferry boat from Pier 41. The round trip takes about 3 hours and costs $8.45 per person. The trip itself is fun and interesting with nice views of Angel Island and the San Francisco skyline. You also pass by Alcatraz Island. Well worth the time and money. Tickets can be purchased online or at the kiosk by Pier 39. Buy two one way tickets, they are valid for any departure for 6 months.
Ferries are the way to escape the city for a walk around Sausalito, hiking or biking Angel Island State Park or just getting out on the bay for nice views of the skyline and the Golden Gate. And of course you can take one to Alcatraz. We hopped one to Sausalito one sunny day for a trek out to see the famous floating homes. There are too many different lines to cover in one tip, they leave from various locations on the waterfront, and prices vary by distance/attraction so it's best to take a look at different offerings for the one which best suits your needs. Here are a couple of good resources:
The Golden Gate Ferry is your link to Marin County. Ferries leave the San Francisco Ferry Building every hour or so. The rides are scenic and the trips last about half an hour to Sausalito and 40 minutes to Larkspur. The one-way fares are as follows:
Larksbur $3.25 weekdays, $5.60 weekends.
For more information visit the Golden Gate Ferry web site below.
For me, this is one of the things I had to do in San Francisco...take the ferry across the bay. From Oakland to downtown the ride costs about $5.50 ($4.25 with military discount) and unveils some beautiful scenery. Leaving Oakland, you will see the industrialized area along the dock including huge ships, giant cranes, and piles of crushed cars. As you get into the open bay, the city of San Francisco appears in front of you along with the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Under the Bay Bridge you will catch a glimpse of Alcatraz, while the other side of the ferry offers a view of AT&T Park. Near the end of the journey you pass under the Bay Bridge and dock of the city pier at the bottom of Market Street (during the day the ferry goes to Pier 39). The entire trip takes just 25-30 minutes, and is beautiful. If you can get on the ferry that leaves at sunset, you will see a unique scene as the sun sets behind San Francisco.
Blue & Gold Ferry. Alcatraz Island is listed under my 'Must See Activities'. To get there you take a 15 minute ferry boat ride onto the bay, what a thrill. (Click picture to enlarge.) There are also ferries that take you to Marin County (the north side of the GoLden Gate Bridge) to the cities of Sausalito and Tiburn. For the physically fit, Sausalito can also be reached by crossing the Bridge on bike, see my 'Off the Beaten Path' section for more information.
Tiburon is a former railroad town that has been transformed into a New England Seacoast village. It can be a nice day trip.
Price: One way ticket for adults costs $9 ($5 for kids). For round trip just purchase two one-way tickets. You can do so at PIER 39 Ticket Booth. You can also buy a return ticket on a board of a ferry. Tickets are valid for six (6) months from date of purchase.
Duration: 20 minutes.
Departure: From the Pier 41.
Check Sausalito ferry schedule to plan your trip there.
PRICES: Fare is $7.10 one way, $14.20 return ticket. For youth (6-18), seniors (65+)/disabled with Medicare or approved ID is $3.55. Children under 6 are FREE.
BOARDING/TICKETS: Ferry Building at Embarcadero/Market (behind the ferry tower where the docks are).
DURATION: 20 minutes.
1) Choose Tuesday or Saturday, if you want to grab some tasty food on your way to Sausalito - Ferry Farmers` Market is opened on these days untill 2pm.
2) For nice photos choose clear sunny day and stand at the back of the boat (upper deck) - you will have good view of SF and bridges; 3) While in Sausalito, you can visit Bay Model- exact model of the SF Bay's currents.
GET BACK: You can either use your return ticket or buy one on the boat (lower deck where bikes are stored). This option is CASH only. Keep the ticket, cause you will have to present it in SF after exiting the boat.
There is another option to get to Sausalito - riding a bike across Golden Gate Bridge and then going back to SF via ferry.
ALSO, there are boats called Blue & Gold Fleet leaving from the Pier 41. The cost of a ticket is $9 ($19 for a return ticket). For the schedule click here.
The Blue & Gold Ferry Company operates ferries to Alcatraz Island from the waterfron, not far from Fishermans Wharf. There ticket office is on Pier 41. To travel to/from Alcatraz on a Blue & Gold ferry cost me US$16.50 in July 2006 and I think that included the audio self-guided tour in the old prison. Make sure you book well in advance, as you will most likely be very disappointed if you turn up on a summer's day wanting to get a ticket for a same day (or even same week) sailing!
In the Bay Area, the best way to travel between San Francisco and the East Bay is by boat. The Blue and Gold Fleet operates ferry boats from Oakland's Jack London Square, San Francisco's Ferry Buildingl (at the foot of Market Street), Fisherman's Wharf, Almeda, Sausalito, and Tiberon. It provides spectacular views of the bay, the skyline, and the port of Oakland. You can't beat it.