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Ferry Building Tours

One of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, the Ferry Building is a port of entry and transit hub, marketplace, and farmers market. Food merchants, specialty shops, wine bars, and restaurants line the historic building’s hallways, making it a one-stop shop for experiencing the diverse culinary flavors and master retailers of San Francisco.
 
The Basics
With its imposing 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower, the Ferry Building is the San Francisco waterfront’s crown jewel. And it’s not just a waiting room for Bay Area ferry commuters—it’s a thriving marketplace with dozens of artisan producers in its vaulted food hall serving everything from hand-churned ice cream and local honey to Blue Bottle coffee and Acme Bread Company’s famous sourdough. Always-packed restaurants—including Gott's Roadside, Hog Island Oyster Company, and the Slanted Door—call the Ferry Building home, and the farmers market offers wildly fresh produce, meat, seafood, and prepared eats three days a week. Walk along the esplanade for great views of the Bay Bridge. 

Many city tours—such as combo tours including Alcatraz—start or end at this iconic spot on the Embarcadero, while food tours of the Ferry Building and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market explore the property in-depth. Hop-on hop-off tours stop here as well. If you have more time, catch a ferry boat from the Ferry Building to Sausalito or arrive via private yacht charter from Napa.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ferry Building is a must for foodies.
  • The marketplace is exceptionally busy during rush hour, and an hour before and after games and events at AT&T Park.
  • Situated on San Francisco’s waterfront, weather can shift quickly from bright and sunny to foggy and cold. Dress in layers.
  • Restrooms are located on either end of the main hall.
  • Ferry Building restaurants and restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Public transit to the Ferry Building is plentiful and convenient. MUNI’s E, F, J, K, L, M, N, and T street cars and 10, 12, and 41 bus lines all stop within two blocks of the Ferry Building, as does BART (Embarcadero station). Ferries to Alameda, Sausalito, Larkspur, and Vallejo dock at the Ferry Building.
 
When to Get There
Hours for individual businesses vary but the Ferry Building is generally open 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday; it is closed on Christmas. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates 10am to 2pm Tuesday and Thursdays, and 8am to 2pm Saturday. Everything is quieter between the morning and afternoon rushes, and in the winter months.
 
Committed to the Local Food Shed
First opened in 1898, the Ferry Building remains an important cog in San Francisco’s transportation wheel, with regular ferry, bus, and streetcar service. In recent years, the space became an important focal point for the internationally renowned local food scene. Small, regional farmers and independently owned and operated businesses are the norm here. It is both haven and incubator for artisan food and wine producers from Northern California, and the triweekly farmers market attracts chefs and locals in search of the best produce around.

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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz, San Francisco, null
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

4.5 star rating: Recommended 110 Reviews

The historic Ferry Building and Alcatraz are two of San Francisco's most prolific attractions. On this not-to-be missed combo tour, you get to see them both in ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $145.00
San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, San Francisco, Food Tours
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 53 Reviews

Awaken your senses and tickle your taste buds on this culinary journey through San Francisco's famous Ferry Building! Sample San Francisco's bounty of local, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco, San Francisco, Food Tours
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Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco

Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge when you book a bike rental in San Francisco, with pickup in the Marina District. You're provided with everything you need ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.00
Private Yacht Charter from Napa to San Francisco Bay, Napa & Sonoma, Bike Rentals
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Private Yacht Charter from Napa to San Francisco Bay

The “Kiwi Cat” is Napa Valley’s most recent new-comer to the valley and considered one of Napa’s premier attractions and gives guests the opportunity to enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Napa, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $2,950.00
5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

This premium city tour of San Francisco is a fully guided 5-hour tour experience that makes 9 fully guided tour stops, a stop for lunch and a guided ferry/bay ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise, San Francisco, City Tours
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 90 Reviews

Enjoy two separate adventures on San Francisco Bay with this combo experience that includes an Alcatraz tour inside the world famous prison and a Adventure ...  Read more

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

From USD $155.00
San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

See the best of San Francisco by combining a helicopter flight above the spectacular cityscape with a tour of one of its top landmarks. Spend up to 20 minutes ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $243.00
Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour, San ... 
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Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

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This scenic, relaxing Napa Valley wine-tasting experience takes you from San Francisco to downtown Napa to ride the historic Napa Valley Wine Train. Traveling ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $291.00
San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway Tour, San Francisco, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and City Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 Reviews

Explore Alcatraz and take a city Segway tour to see top San Francisco attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and Fisherman’s Wharf on this ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.00
San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour, San Francisco, Segway Tours
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San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Travel along the San Francisco Bay faster, farther and closer to the sights then any tour boat on the bay, and in a more private and personal setting. ...  Read more

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

From USD $95.00

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