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Discover the history and scenery of Angel Island on this ferry trip from San Francisco. Cross the San Francisco bay, catching up-close views of Alcatraz and the city’s monumental bridges. Disembark at Angel Island State Park and explore the island’s offerings at your own pace. Learn about the area’s history as an immigration point, hike Mount Livermore, and look out on 360-degree views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands, and Mt Tamalpais.

Highlights

  • One-way or round-trip ferry service from San Francisco to Angel Island
  • Cruise along San Francisco Bay and soak in views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Choose from several great hiking trails and a variety of recreational activities
  • Enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline, Marin, and Mt Tamalpais from the island
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Ferry: Angel Island

Come Visit Beautiful Angel Island State Park

Head to Pier 41 and catch the morning ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island. Grab a seat inside or stroll the deck as the ferry crosses San Francisco Bay. Take in unobstructed views of the Golden Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz, with snacks and drinks available from the concession stand for purchase.

Disembark at Angel Island State Park and head out for an independent tour of the area’s natural highlights such as Mt Livermore or the Alcatraz Gardens. Opt to purchase a Segway or tram tour, or rent a scooter for zipping around the island. Whatever option you choose, you’ll see amazing views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands, and Mt Tamalpais. Depending on the weather, you may even get a glimpse of Napa and Sonoma.

The Angel Island adventure is yours to design, making it perfect for families, couples, or just a solo getaway. Whether you choose to head back to San Francisco evening ferry or camp overnight, don’t leave without learning a bit about this island’s profound role in Pacific immigration, or partaking in some fresh local oysters from the island’s restaurant.

Customer Reviews

Sarah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Angel Island is marvellous. So much history!

Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The shuttle tour is absolutely worth it! Make sure to have cash before you reach the island as the immigration station requires it. There is an ATM available, but unfortunately it was out of service on our trip.

Mary Ellen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Ferry ride over to Angel Island was beautiful. Just make sure when you turn in your voucher for your round trip fare, you receive two tickets per passenger.

Sonia A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very enjoyable and relaxing trip. Love to learn the history about the island. The little café food was great. Love it!

Henry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

The ferry trip to the Island was a busy one, as the same ferry also went to other further destinations - Tiburon, Sausalito etc.

The island was much larger than I anticipated. I almost thought I was going to get lost. Good thing GPS with Google Maps works on the island.

Trekking to the top of Mount Livermore is a light workout, and the sights from the top are breathtaking, especially on a clear day.

It will take quire a few hours to get around the entire island, but I was satisfied with where I went.

Sylvia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

What a surprise!! Thought it was just a rock from a distance, but once there you ate taken in by the beauty and peacefulness of it all. Abundant deer and even more cyclists made the place quite special.
Took the $13.50 one hour tour around the island by cart, and sat back and just took it all in
The ferry trip over there was worth every penny.

Cristel N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Loved it, peace quiet and beautiful sights.

Thao T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

It was a wonderful trip! Great weather when I came, sunny, lots of wind, a perfect day to walk around the island. Next time I come, I would definitely bring a picnic. There were tables right next to the coast! The kids had lots of fun too!

Hanlon Y

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

See more on the top deck! The crew is always professional. We had a sailboat steer too close that forced the captain to slow, but we never had any abrupt coarse change. Warning horn blasts were sounded, and finally the sailboat cleared.

Karen G

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2013

We missed the ferry as Viator printed the wrong ferry departure time on the voucher and the only other ferry to Angel Island was too late. Thankfully, we were permitted to re-book the following day.

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