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  • Location:San Francisco, California
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Ride over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge on a 3-hour San Francisco bike tour that explores the bay-front city from Fisherman’s Wharf. Pedal a leisurely route to Aquatic Park Cove, Fort Mason Center, the Marina Green and Crissy Field before making your way across the iconic bridge. Stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops, and hear commentary on the sights from your guide. Select a morning or afternoon departure, and then keep your bike if you’ve got the energy to explore further on your own!

Highlights

  • 3-hour guided bike tour from San Francisco to Sausalito
  • Follow a guide on a leisurely bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Bicycle a mostly flat route along the San Francisco waterfront, including Aquatic Park Cove and Crissy Field
  • Explore coastal Sausalito or the Marin Headlands on your own
  • Includes full-day bike and equipment rental
  • Opt for an electric bike for an easier ride (own expense)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a great value for locals or visitors alike — after your guided bike tour through Golden Gate National Recreation Area, you can keep your bike for the rest of the day and explore San Francisco or the picturesque coastal towns of Marin at your own pace.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Riding Across the Golden Gate Bridge

Led by a local guide, this 3-hour San Francisco bike tour is a great sightseeing activity for all ages and biking levels. You’ll follow a mostly flat route along San Francisco Bay’s scenic northern waterfront before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Depart in the morning or afternoon from Fisherman’s Wharf, where your guide outfits you with a proper bike, helmet and any necessary equipment for the ride. Then hop on your bicycle and pedal to nearby Aquatic Park Cove, part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Cycle down the pier and snap pics of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island before moving on to Fort Mason Center. The buildings of this former US Army post, a National Historic Landmark, are now used as a cultural and educational complex.

From here, pedal up a steep but short path that flattens out toward the Marina Green, located in the Marina District. While you cycle past opulent homes, enjoy a scenic panorama that includes the Palace of Fine Arts, Angel Island and the bridge as your backdrop.

Arriving at Crissy Field, also part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, glimpse shorebirds inside the restored marsh. From Fort Point, gaze up at the red towers of the bridge and prepare to cross the 3.6-mile (5.8-km) route, which follows a wide path for bicycles. You’ll be rewarded on the other side at Vista Point, including views of the city skyline.

At the end of your guided tour you can continue your biking adventure at your own pace for the rest of the day. You'll be provided with a cycle path map to help guide you around San Francisco and nearby coastal areas, including the picturesque town of Sausalito — renowned for its wide selection of restaurants and cafes, perfect for when hunger kicks in.

For a more challenging bike ride, follow the recommended route on the map and head up to the Marin Headlands. If city biking is your forte, use a ferry ticket for your return to San Francisco, where you can follow the map and continue to explore the city. Points of interest include the Presidio, Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach.

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Customer Reviews

Andy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very informative guide, stopping off at numerous interesting places and photo opportunities. Actually cycling the bridge did not disappoint. Unfortunately we were not able to spend time in Sausolito due to our travel arrangements

Gary C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour truly was spectular and Michael was a fantastic guide. My sons and I highly recommend it.

Darnell C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

More hills than we were told

Jennifer R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great Bike Tour. Tour Guide was knowledgeable and funny. Loved that the tour hit some not so popular but amazing sites. Tour is longer than stated, but we didn't mind. Don't plan anything immediately after to give yourself time if it runs over.

Angelo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great Bike tour!! These guys definitely make it fun. They were honest when we asked them if we could bike back and they said that it would be rather ambitious. By the end of the 2.5 hour tour we were spent. We took a ferry back to fishermans wharf.

Pamela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a great time. Thanks Robert!

Manuelle D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was amazing. Beautiful views and friendly tour guide. Highly recommended.

Beverly W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful experience with an informative guide. You get to ride through the city and learn about the different areas before heading over the bridge to Sausalito.

teresa f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Phenomenal ! Robert, our tour guide was amazing. The trip to Sausalito... loved it. I am not a biker... 60 years old and not a health nut. This trip is not difficult.
Loved it!

Donald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really enjoyed this tour

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