Ferry Building Tours

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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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Address: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco 94105, USA
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San Francisco Food Tour: Ferry Building and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide during this 2-hour excursion.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Self-Guided Bike Rentals from San Francisco

Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
  • Duration: 1 day
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building on the original tour established in 2004 with a culinary expert guide, then visit Alcatraz on this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels — the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge — as you travel 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 the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Combo: Alcatraz and Three Hour City Segway Tour

Ride the ferry to Alcatraz Island for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former prison, and take a city Segway tour of San Francisco the following day. This combination package offers a comprehensive look at famous city attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square and Washington Square Park. The Segway tour — offered in the morning or afternoon — is limited to eight passengers for a small-group experience with a personable guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Gourmet Lunch, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

Ride the Napa Valley Wine Train, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and tour a vineyard on this tour from San Francisco. Travel through scenic wine country on this antique train, passing through Yountville, Rutherford, Oakville and St Helena as you dig in to a 3-course meal. Disembark at Grgich Hills Estate, Charles Krug Winery or Raymond Vineyards to receive a guided tour and taste the wines for which Napa is famous.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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$291.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Adventure Sightseeing Cruise

Sure. You can hop on the standard ferry to Alcatraz and explore the prison with the rest of the tourists. Or you can catch a ferry over to Sausalito and see a few parts of the Bay. But this combo-tour tour combines best of both worlds. The 'Bay Voyager' is a ship that takes you closer to the sights than any other ship. Make use of complimentary wet-weather gear in case you get a little too close to Mother Nature. After your RIB Boat experience, head  over to Pier 33 to join the famous Alcatraz Prison tour and see the grounds and the notorious solitary confinement wing.*You must submit all passenger names on checkout to redeem your Alcatraz Cruise tickets
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the 15-to-20-minute flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge!
  • Duration: 20 minutes
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  • Duration: 20 minutes
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tours

Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$65.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Full Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off buss pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, and Haight-Ashbury. Along the way see some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Viator Exclusive: San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Plus Bike & Bay Cruise

Explore San Francisco on your own schedule with tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that includes a bike rental, a cable car tour of Sausalito, and a sightseeing cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the freedom to see the things that interest you most, with the option to choose 24- and 48-hour tickets when booking. This independent tour of San Francisco features a GPS-activated audio guide so you can learn about each site along the 24 stop route, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Skip the Line: Exploratorium General Admission

Engage your senses and delve into a world of discovery at San Francisco’s Exploratorium! With a fantastic new location on Pier 15 overlooking San Francisco Bay, the revamped museum offers more than 650 interactive exhibits that the whole family will love. Explore the amazing realms of physics, anatomy, emotions and Earth’s ecosystems through hands-on displays that will delight and inform visitors of all ages. With mobile tickets, skip the line and simply scan your phone for direct entry in the Exploratorium!
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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5-Hour Premium San Francisco City Tour

See the sights of San Francisco on a 5-hour tour with a guide who introduces you to the city's top attractions. You'll make nine stops to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Alamo Square, and more, plus visit the waterfront town of Sausalito and take a ferry ride or cruise on San Francisco Bay, passing by Alcatraz Island. Tour sizes range from 15 to 35 people.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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2-Day Narrated Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Francisco

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers four routes you can choose from, and along each route you can listen to historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Skip the Line Exploratorium Admission: After Dark Thursday Evenings

Every Thursday evening, one of San Francisco's premier museums opens up its doors for an After Dark gathering of the coolest kind. From 6pm to 10pm the Exploratorium transforms into an adults-only intellectual playground, welcoming everyone 18 and older to dance, mingle, and explore while sipping on cocktails (added cost) and participating in the museum's ongoing advances in art, science, and technology. The Exploratorium is located on Pier 15 pier along the city's Embarcadero, and offers spectacular views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco Bay. It also provides an innovative and hands-on learning space with hundreds of interactive exhibits and changing displays of new art and science experiences. With mobile tickets, skip the line and simply scan your phone for direct entry in the Exploratorium!
  • Duration: Flexible
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Napa Valley Wine Train with Gourmet Lunch and Transport from San Francisco

Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, including lunch, during this 11-hour tour from San Francisco. After transportation via ferry and shuttle from San Francisco, climb aboard the restored antique train to enjoy a gourmet, locally-sourced lunch and wine pairing. Travel through the Napa Valley's rolling vineyards for 3 hours towards the charming town of St Helena.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$231.00 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour

See San Francisco’s top attractions from the water on this 1.5-hour tour by rigid inflatable boat. Your guide will provide gear to keep you dry and warm as you take off from Pier 39. Pass the infamous prison of Alcatraz, Coit Tower, the Presidio and glide under the Golden Gate Bridge while your captain provides insightful narration. Numbers are limited to 12 people to keep this small-group tour as intimate as possible.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$95.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Wine Tour to Napa Valley

Visit four wineries in Napa Valley on this small-group wine tour limited to 10 people. Enjoy a Champagne toast in the tour vehicle to start your California wine country experience, and learn about winemaking in this world-famous region. A picnic lunch from renowned local eatery The Girl & the Fig is included. This tour starts with pickup from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal, which you can reach from the city by catching a ferry across the bay from the San Francisco Ferry Building (own expense). The wineries you visit can be tailored to your group’s preferences.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$125.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Wine-Tasting Cruise

Pair panoramic bay views with top-notch California wines on a relaxing wine-tasting cruise on the San Francisco Bay. Sample a flight of four regional wines served with snacks aboard the intimate ‘Wine Therapy’ vessel, featuring a comfortable heated cabin plus outside viewing decks. Get the best views of landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco skyline as you sip buttery chardonnay, full-bodied cabernet, or other celebrated Northern California varietals.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$79.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Segway Tour - Chinatown by Night

See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour featuring Chinatown at night and more. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Best Self-Guided Bike Tour of San Francisco

Take a self-guided bicycle tour of San Francisco neighborhoods, from the Mission District to the Haight and more. Explore acres of flat terrain in Golden Gate Park or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge to see charming Sausalito. Customize your sightseeing schedule to your preferences, whether you’d like a leisurely route or hill climbs with expansive views. This bike rental is valid for up to 24 hours from pickup time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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