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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

San Francisco Bridge to Bridge Cruise

On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get up-close looks at the city’s two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge—as you travel between them across San Francisco Bay. You’ll see major city sights like AT&T Park, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about SF’s legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour San Francisco Bay cruise
  • Capture amazing photos as you go under the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge!
  • Enjoy views of Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building and the Palace of Fine Arts
  • Get up-close views of Alcatraz, Treasure Island and AT&T Park
  • Learn about the bridges and San Francisco's history and culture from the audio commentary
  • Food and drinks available for purchase on board

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You sail under both of San Francisco's celebrated bridges on this scenic cruise, so you're sure to get some stunning pictures. And the personal headset narration means you don't have to worry about muffled loudspeakers or crowd noise marring the informative commentary.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Bridge to Bridge Cruise

San Francisco Bridge to Bridge Cruise

The symbol of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge is best seen from the water, where you can stare up in wonder at the red spires that connect the city to Sausalito and Marin County. This bridge-to-bridge boat tour departing from Fisherman’s Wharf provides unbeatable views of this architectural icon as you cruise underneath it and its east-side counterpart, the Bay Bridge.

After boarding the boat, perhaps buy a snack or a drink from the full bar (own expense; you are also free to bring food on board). Then enjoy the scenery as your captain takes you across San Francisco Bay, passing by Alcatraz Island. Admire landmarks like Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the Transamerica Pyramid and the Palace of Fine Arts, and feel the ocean breeze on your face as you reach the point where the wide Pacific meets the narrow entrance to the bay.

As you head the other way to the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland and Berkeley, catch sight of Treasure Island and AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play. During the cruise, listen to recorded commentary about the construction of the bridges and San Francisco’s geology and famed architecture. Your tour ends when you return to the pier.

Note: Restrooms are available on board the boat, which provides both indoor and outdoor spaces for your comfort. This is an open ticket, valid for one-time use on any day this cruise operates within one year from your purchase date.

Customer Reviews

Kenneth O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

An experience to remember - wet and windy but great nonetheless!

Paula P USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This cruise was wonderful. The weather was perfect, although, as expected, a little breezy. The indoor viewing area more than compensates for the breezy weather. The audio was perfectly synched to the outside sights. I highly recommend this cruise.

Sumana P India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Perfectly planed. No problem for first-timer.

Philippa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Went with my jaded and moody teenagers and we had a fabulous time. Can't beat seeing the Golden Gate Bridge with the right amount of fog, then close enough to Alcatraz and under the awesome Bay Bridge. We loved it.

jaguilar958

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The bridge to bridge cruise was a great way to experience the city. Plenty of great picture opportunities due to plenty of outdoor seating. I would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone visiting the city.

Patrick M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great cruise, beautiful views and friendly crew. Would recommend to anyone visiting San Francisco.

VICKIE P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Enjoyed it very much. No concerns either way

Kenneth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Well worth in

CheyAnne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This cruise is totally worth it! Great views of the city, all the pictures you could possibly want of both bridges and a boat ride around Alcatraz, awesome!

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great day, staff was amazing, our tour went around the prison but didn't stop, we are now planning a return trip. Spend the money, worth every penny

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