• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 25 - 60 minutes
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Getting across San Francisco Bay is as easy as taking to the water. The San Francisco Ferry runs one-way and round-trip service to both Sausalito and Tiburon, so rather than worry about traffic, you can sit back and relax while savoring incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. The bayside towns of Sausalito and Tiburon make great day trips from San Francisco, and each boasts a bevy of boutiques, galleries and restaurants to explore. Linger by the water, enjoy a drink (own expense) or simply stroll along the narrow streets and delight in the surrounding scenery.


  • One-way or round-trip ferry service from San Francisco to Sausalito or Tiburon
  • Soak in views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge on your scenic ferry ride
  • Browse art galleries, boutiques, specialty shops and museums on a self-guided tour
  • Enjoy a meal at a lovely waterfront restaurant offering stunning views of the San Francisco Bay
  • Multiple departure times give you the flexibility to explore at your own pace
  • Drinks and snacks available for purchase on board

What You Can Expect

San Francisco Ferry: Sausalito or Tiburon

Discover Hidden Treasures Across the Bay in Sausalito

Catch your ferry at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, choose between indoor and outdoor seating and get ready to take in some spectacular views. As long as Karl the Fog stays away, there will be plenty to hold your interest: the Bay Bridge and its new streamlined eastern span, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island and its notorious former prison. There are drinks (including beer and wine) and snacks for sale on the ferry, restrooms are available, and bicycles are allowed on board. Once reaching Sausalito or Tiburon, you can catch any of the return ferries that are running that day.

A lovely bayside city with hillside homes and a bustling downtown, Sausalito attracts tons of day-trippers who come to browse its galleries and relax by the water, enjoying views of the San Francisco skyline. You can explore its boutique and specialty shops, rent a kayak or bicycle or take a tour of Sausalito’s iconic houseboats. There are also plenty of dining options ranging from Mexican to Italian. Thinking of spending the night? Sausalito has several fine hotels.

Once in town keep an eye out for the Elephant Light Standards. These two concrete elephants stand at the entrance to Vina Del Mar Park and are recastings of original sculptures designed for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco.

Tiburon is a picturesque former railway town perched at the end of a peninsula that juts into San Francisco Bay. It’s best known for its Main Street, home to a selection of wine stores, antique shops and chic galleries. It’s also the jumping-off point for Angel Island State Park, which offers plenty of good hiking.

There’s plenty to do here, from bicycling along Tiburon’s waterfront to exploring the Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve or Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary. Take in a leisurely meal (own expense) at one of the bayside eateries, or learn about the town’s railroad and maritime history at the Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum. While in town don’t miss Old St Hilary’s, a restored Gothic church constructed of redwood. It’s one of the few Carpenter Gothic churches that haven’t been moved from their original settings.

Customer Reviews

michael r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My trip to Sausalito was perfect, had lunch at Spinnaker restaurant which was excellent and ferry was very well organised.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great. Do not go on a weekend.

Betsy N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Easy boarding and smooth sailing


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

It was another beautiful sunny San Francisco's spring day. The queue to get on-board and off was long but it was well organised. Sausalito was lovely as ever. I had a great time.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2017


Susan N

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

One of the two earphones issued did not work. Narrative was informative and complete. Staff was helpful and kind. They got that horde of bikes on and loaded very quickly and neatly. Enjoyable trip.

Peter J

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

The ferry trip from San Francisco to Sausalito is a very pleasant way of spending a half-day in San Francisco. However, the service from pier 39, for a tourist, is less convenient and gives less photo opportunities than the competing Golden Gate service from the Ferry Terminal. We booked return tickets with them through Viator, but these were only accepted as singles by the local tour company, who insisted I pay extra for the journey back. I reported this to Viator, who provided a full refund very quickly. Full marks to Viator, a lot less to the ferry company!

Bruce M

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Great place to visit. Ferry very straightforward although lengthy queues on the way back


4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Very convenient, and on schedule.

Patricia S

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Seven ladies loved the ferry ride over to Sausalito. The Art Festival was great art, food, sun, and live music! Going back to S F had 180 bikes/ bikers plus a ferry load of others--- crowded ..but we all got back. Everyone was helpful....many, many sailboats out. for Labor Day weekend! Thanks !

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