Golden Gate Bridge Tours

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No traveler to San Francisco leaves without checking out the stunning views along the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic, red-orange suspension bridge rises high above the San Francisco Bay and spans 1.7 miles (2.7 km) across, connecting the city’s northernmost point to Marin County. While it’s a major route for Bay Area commuters, the famous landmark attracts visitors from around the world with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin headlands, Alcatraz, and San Francisco.

The Basics 
The Golden Gate Bridge is free to walk and bike across, with a protected, shared walkway for pedestrians and cyclists. Travelers can walk, bike, or bus across the bridge; sail or cruise the waters below it; or fly high above the attraction aboard a seaplane. Visitors can take advantage of photo opportunities on either end of the bridge, enjoy a scenic stroll over the bay, or explore the Welcome Center at the San Francisco terminus to learn about the bridge’s history and shop for souvenirs. It’s possible to combine your visit with sightseeing in the city; admission to Alcatraz; a half-day tour in Sonoma and Napa Valley; or hikes in Marin or on Angel Island. Popular sights in Marin County include seaside Sausalito, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Muir Woods National Monument, home to Northern California redwood trees.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tour options are available from San Francisco and Sausalito, and range from leisurely outings to athletic excursions.
  • Most tours depart from Fisherman’s Wharf in the city and last three to four hours.
  • Choose a bike tour or a hop on, hop off bus around the city for a scenic ride to the bridge. You’ll catch many of the city's famous attractions, including Union Square, North Beach, Coit Tower, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Russian Hill.
  • While it’s possible to rent a bike on your own, a guide can help you navigate the hilly streets and commuter traffic.
  • Many travelers opt for a guided bike ride across the bridge to Sausalito, then explore the town on your own with a 24-hour bike rental or hop on a 45-minute ferry back to the city.

How to Get There
The San Francisco end of the bridge is located in the Presidio and can be reached from all parts of the city by car or public transportation. The bridge forms part of US Route 101 and California State Route 1—take any bridge-bound Golden Gate Transit bus to the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza. By car, take the last San Francisco exit, right before the toll plaza, and park in the southeast parking lot. 

Where to Find the Best Views of the Golden Gate Bridge
With scenic lookout points on both ends of the Golden Gate, you can pick your backdrop. Capture the bridge in its entirety on a coastal walking tour through San Francisco’s Presidio, where you’ll spot beautiful bridge views from vantage points at Crissy Field, Fort Point, and Baker Beach. To snap a photo from the north end of the bridge, choose a tour that crosses the bridge to the Marin Headlands. While Vista Point is the most popular bridge viewing spot in Marin, it  can get crowded with cars, so take a short hike toward Battery Point and Slacker Hill for sweeping views of the city.
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Address: Fort Point Lookout Marine Drive, San Francisco, California 94129, USA
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Admission: Free to walk, bridge tolls apply when driving.
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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's National Treasures Tour: Alcatraz and Muir Woods plus Madame Tussaud or the Dungeon

Visit two world-famous San Francisco attractions, Alcatraz and Muir Woods, over the course of two sightseeing days. Venture into the Cell House of Alcatraz for an award-winning audio tour of the notorious former federal penitentiary. Then stroll under towering old-growth redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument. You’ll visit the waterfront town of Sausalito followed by a ferry ride back to the city, with your choice of admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum or the San Francisco Dungeon. Hotel transport plus ferry to Alcatraz Island included. Due to popular demand, this ultimate package is likely to sell out; advance reservations are required.
  • Duration: 1 day
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Bike Tour

On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Evening Bike Tour

Admire San Francisco’s top attractions as the sun sets over the city on this 3-hour evening bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll pedal past Crissy Field, Fort Mason and Fisherman’s Wharf before heading across the Golden Gate Bridge for the sunset. Your guide will provide fun and factual commentary about the city’s rich history as you continue on through the Presidio, making stops at the Palace of Fine Arts and more. For an even more relaxing ride, upgrade to an electric bike.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this 90-minute evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an on-board guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Francisco Coastal Walking Tour from the Golden Gate Bridge to Cliff House

There’s no doubt about it: San Francisco is a gorgeous city, and this small-group walking tour highlights some of its most spectacular scenery. Beginning at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll take in sweeping views of San Francisco Bay and the city’s dramatic skyline, you’ll embark on a 4- to 5-mile (6.5- to 8-km) walking tour of SF’s western edge. This slow-paced hike follows the Pacific coastline, meandering through Baker Beach and past the mansions of Sea Cliff as you make your way toward the Sutro Baths at Land’s End. Limited to 12 participants for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Napa Winery Tour from San Francisco

Taste the bottled bounty of California's world-famous wine country on a full-day tour to Napa Valley from San Francisco. Skip the hassle of driving and the stress of choosing from more than 300 different wineries, and relax as a professional driver and guide take you through the gorgeous vineyards to two hand-picked estates. Learn about the winemaking process and sip bright, bold varietals with included premium tastings at both stops.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Full-Day Napa Valley Wine Tour From San Francisco

Go wine tasting in the Napa valley on a private half-day tour from San Francisco. See the San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island as you cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to the Napa valley wine region. You can go to up to four wineries for tastings, and tour some of the wineries and vineyards. Stop for gourmet food in the charming town of Yountville (own expense) on a luxury tour that includes private vehicle and driver, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

See the San Francisco Bay Area from the air on a 40-minute seaplane flight from Sausalito. Enjoy views of iconic landmarks in the soft afternoon light as you soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Angel Island and Tiburon. See the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, and the tall silhouette of Twin Peaks as your pilot shares informative commentary about the sights. Your flight includes a glass of champagne, and you’ll return to Sausalito in time to head out for dinner.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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Combo Tour: Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tour and San Francisco Sunset Cruise

Enjoy two relaxing Bay Area experiences—a Napa and Sonoma Valley wine tour and a sunset cruise on San Francisco Bay. On the wine tour, admire the rolling vineyard scenery as you visit three local wineries for tastings, which include both boutique and mainstream wineries for a comprehensive overview of the Wine Country. Plus, check out Downtown Sonoma or Yountville for some wine country shopping. After your trip to wine country, enjoy a 2 hour sunset sail around San Francisco Bay and underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!
  • Duration: 1 day
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The Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Bike Tour

Combine your introduction to the San Francisco Bay with your daily exercise on this affordable, small-group bicycle tour. Begin at the city’s historic waterfront, Fisherman’s Wharf, then follow your guide through the Presidio, a national park with breathtaking views of the Pacific, and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Explore the picturesque bay-side town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco by either bike or ferry.
  • Duration: 2.25 to 3 hrs
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Surrey Rental of SF Waterfront & Views of Golden Gate Bridge

Pedal along the beautiful waterfront of San Francisco with your very own surrey. Rent the high-quality vehicle for an hour at Marina Green and bike along the National Park Bike Path for stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as Crissy Field, Fort Point, and the San Francisco Yacht Club. Pedal along the waterfront at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful views with your friends and family.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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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 Coastal Walking Tours

Walk the wild and scenic coast of San Francisco with a 4-hour walking tour of the city’s historic landmarks, sheltered beaches, nature and wildlife. Set an easy-going pace along coastal footpaths and trails as you explore with a local guide, and capture images of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the soaring bluffs of the Marin Headlands. Choose between three routes that capture different facets of the bay’s remarkable setting, and enjoy fresh ocean breezes as you make your way from the city to the shore.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

Escape to California’s famous wine country on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Taste regional varietals at three different wineries in Napa and Sonoma, including both big-name and family-run estates. Learn about the winemaking process during guided tours of vineyards and barrel rooms, and savor the area’s gourmet culture with a stop for lunch in charming Sonoma Square Plaza.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

Wander through an ancient coastal redwood forest and explore the artistic bayside enclave of Sausalito on this half-day tour from San Francisco. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth. Then, soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at Union Square in San Francisco or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown, and admire the City by the Bay’s famous Victorian homes. Plus, you can upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off and Alcatraz Combo Tour

With a hop-on hop-off bus tour and pre-booked Alcatraz ticket, you can cover all of San Francisco’s top attractions. You’ll enjoy convenient transportation to the Alcatraz ferry landing, where you’ll head across San Francisco Bay to tour the island prison with an included audio guide. Choosing between a 24-hour or 48-hour Hop On Hop Off tour provides easy sightseeing across the city, from Golden Gate Park to Chinatown to Fisherman’s Wharf. Plus, listen to live commentary on board the bus to learn fun facts about San Francisco.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

Be chauffeured to Napa and Sonoma by party bus, limo van or limousine on a winery tour from San Francisco. Sip mimosa with your on-board breakfast while a professional driver introduces you to the California wine country. Snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge at Vista Point en route to four top wineries such as Jacuzzi Family Vineyards and Madonna Estate. Your full-day itinerary includes olive oil tasting at the Olive Press, a stop at CornerStone Sonoma and a picnic lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods

Explore the famous groves of the Northern California redwoods on this 3.5-hour tour of Muir Woods. Departing from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, a local guide will drive you over the scenic Golden Gate Bridge and into the moist air of Muir Woods National Monument. Crane your neck to admire these 1000-year-old trees standing 260 feet tall. Afterward, enjoy a drive through the charming town of Sausalito before heading back to the city.Please note: The 4:30pm tour time does not include Sausalito, but you'll enjoy a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

Known for its steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, towering sequoia groves and diversity of wildlife, Yosemite National Park is something you don’t want to miss. With this day trip limited to just 20 people, you can leave the logistics to a tour guide so all you have to do is enjoy a small-group experience in the great outdoors. You’ll have both guided sightseeing and free time, ensuring you see the UNESCO World Heritage site’s major attractions, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley, with the chance to explore more of the park however you wish.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Twilight Bay Cruise

Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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