- One-way or round-trip ferry service from San Francisco to Sausalito or Tiburon
- Soak in views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge on your scenic ferry ride
- Browse art galleries, boutiques, specialty shops and museums on a self-guided tour
- Enjoy a meal at a lovely waterfront restaurant offering stunning views of the San Francisco Bay
- Multiple departure times give you the flexibility to explore at your own pace
- Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board
What You Can Expect
A lovely bayside city with hillside homes and a bustling downtown, Sausalito attracts tons of day-trippers who come to browse its galleries and relax by the water, enjoying views of the San Francisco skyline. You can explore its boutique and specialty shops, rent a kayak or bicycle or take a tour of Sausalito’s iconic houseboats. There are also plenty of dining options ranging from Mexican to Italian. Thinking of spending the night? Sausalito has several fine hotels.
Once in town keep an eye out for the Elephant Light Standards. These two concrete elephants stand at the entrance to Vina Del Mar Park and are recastings of original sculptures designed for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco.
Tiburon is a picturesque former railway town perched at the end of a peninsula that juts into San Francisco Bay. It’s best known for its Main Street, home to a selection of wine stores, antique shops and chic galleries. It’s also the jumping-off point for Angel Island State Park, which offers plenty of good hiking.
There’s plenty to do here, from bicycling along Tiburon’s waterfront to exploring the Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve or Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Take in a leisurely meal (own expense) at one of the bayside eateries, or learn about the town’s railroad and maritime history at the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum. While in town don’t miss Old St Hilary’s, a restored Gothic church constructed of redwood. It’s one of the few Carpenter Gothic churches that haven’t been moved from their original settings.
Easy boarding and smooth sailing
It was another beautiful sunny San Francisco's spring day. The queue to get on-board and off was long but it was well organised. Sausalito was lovely as ever. I had a great time.
One of the two earphones issued did not work. Narrative was informative and complete. Staff was helpful and kind. They got that horde of bikes on and loaded very quickly and neatly. Enjoyable trip.
The ferry trip from San Francisco to Sausalito is a very pleasant way of spending a half-day in San Francisco. However, the service from pier 39, for a tourist, is less convenient and gives less photo opportunities than the competing Golden Gate service from the Ferry Terminal. We booked return tickets with them through Viator, but these were only accepted as singles by the local tour company, who insisted I pay extra for the journey back. I reported this to Viator, who provided a full refund very quickly. Full marks to Viator, a lot less to the ferry company!
Great place to visit. Ferry very straightforward although lengthy queues on the way back
Very convenient, and on schedule.
Seven ladies loved the ferry ride over to Sausalito. The Art Festival was great art, food, sun, and live music! Going back to S F had 180 bikes/ bikers plus a ferry load of others--- crowded ..but we all got back. Everyone was helpful....many, many sailboats out. for Labor Day weekend! Thanks !
Clean and well maintained ferry. Be sure to stick to the timetable and do check on the 'correct' port of call!