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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:Varies - flight duration 30

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Pier 39.


  • Seaplane tour of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz
  • Fly over the Financial District, the downtown area and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Get a bird's eye view of the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito
  • Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A novel alternative to a helicopter tour! After taking off from the water on your half-hour flight, you enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alacatraz and Marin County. Do this tour at the end of your trip to review all the places you've visited. Nice special occasion option for locals, too!

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

See the Golden Gate Bridge on a evening seaplane tour

With high wings and big windows, seaplanes are ideal for panoramic sightseeing. When booking this San Francisco seaplane tour, choose the departure time that best suits your schedule; if you need transportation from the city to Sausalito, it’s available from Pier 39 upon request.

In Sausalito, board your plane and take off from the water with your experienced pilot, who will point out landmarks during your relaxing flight that takes you over the redwood trees of Muir Woods, the Pacific shoreline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Head toward downtown San Francisco, cruising past sights like Fisherman’s Wharf and the Transamerica Pyramid, and circle over the bay for views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Then fly by the waterfront towns of Tiburon and Belvedere before landing back in Sausalito.  

Afterward, you are free to explore charming Sausalito on your own, if you wish. You can even take the ferry back to San Francisco (own expense); ask your pilot for information about departure times.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Pilot was very funny and had lots of interesting facts

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

5 Star Experience - Paul is a pro with the plane, and Micheal stepped up when there was a booking glitch on our original flight date.

Donald G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great experience in all ways. Pilot was excellent and knowledgeable. Views amazing.

frank57 Netherlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was perfect ! I offered it to my wife as a birthday present and she was extremely happy with it. Very nice and knowledgable pilot, plane in perfect condition, great view from inside the plane. We highly recommend the tour.

Sally H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was one of the most wonderful things my husband and I have ever done, and we have travelled to more than 50 countries! Our pilot was superb and gave a comprehensive and interesting narration. We flew low all over the Bay Area and right over the city, even flying between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, I would highly recommend this trip.

antuan s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Highly recommended

Aarthi R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was wonderful. We went there 15 minutes early to complete the paperwork and then boarded the seaplane in few minutes. The pilot was very friendly. The plane can seat 7 people. The take off and landing was in the water and was great. The view from up above 600ft was awesome. We got to see the Golden gate, alacatraz, SF city view. The seaplane flies across the golden gate and alcatraz. We could see the Oakland bay bridge as well. Since the plane flies at lower height, it doesn't matter if it is cloudy, you still get a good view. The staff at the tour company was very courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent trip, would do this again it was so amazing, we had a really calm day and a clear day so made it.

jacqueline a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very good trip, good value for money

Barbara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a wonderful experience! Delightful and professional staff. Elwould highly recommend this experience!!

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