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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Ferry to Sausalito or Tiburon

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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. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and head straight to the gate.
  • One-way or round-trip ferry service from San Francisco to Sausalito or Tiburon
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket!
  • 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
One-way or round-trip ferry service from San Francisco to Sausalito or Tiburon (depending on option selected)
Embarkation fee
Fuel surcharge
"Straight to the gate" access
November 28, 2019(Thanksgiving Day) - There will be NO service.
December 25, 2019 (Christmas Day) - There will be NO service.
Food and drinks (available for purchase on board)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
2: Sausalito, CA 94965, USA
3: Tiburon, CA 94920, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Skip the box office line and head straight to Pier 41 to catch your ferry. 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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If you purchase a round-trip ticket, you can reserve your return trip for another date at no additional cost
  • In fall and winter, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. In spring and summer, please arrive at least 25-30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
  • Ferries are wheelchair accessible, though boarding ramps may vary in steepness due to tides. Please advise in Special Requirements at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required.
  • Wheelchair-accessible restroom facilities are available aboard all ferries, however wheelchair tie-downs are not currently available
  • Animals are permitted on the ferries but must be leashed at all times. Owners remain wholly responsible for their animals.
  • Children from 0 to 4 years old sail for free
  • OPERATED BY Blue and Gold Fleet

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Ferry to Sausalito or Tiburon?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Insider bonus: get in line early prior to departure; however, if you are in line for check in, it does move quickly." See review
  • "Lavatory available, seated places and nice point of view to take pictures of the coast." See review


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, Mar 2020
Online ordering is simple to use. Just print your ticket or even easier, pull the ticket up on your phone.
Was an Awesome time
, Mar 2020
The ferry ride was a warm and friendly experience. The water views were awesome. The staff was very friendly and accomodating !!! 😊
The trip was fine. The trip back was horrible! Bikes took up where people should be sitting and that should not be allow
, Mar 2020
The trip was just fine it was a lovely ride to Sausalito. The trip back however was a complete nightmare. The water was a little choppy and we had to stand because people with bikes were allowed to put the bikes right near the benches and they were taking up so much room. Plus people were allowed to put their bags in the seats instead of on the floor that’s causing so many people to have to stand. I went to a couple of the guys that were in charge And they seem to not care one bit. This is very uncomfortable for people that are older and even people our age. That absolutely should not be allowed!
Convenient travel to Sausalito
, Jan 2020
Insider bonus: get in line early prior to departure; however, if you are in line for check in, it does move quickly. We rode on the very top and although it was cold and windy (we traveled in early January) the views of Alcatraz, Golden Gate and San Francisco skyline on our day were majestic. Captain handled the boat with ease and crew were friendly and helpful. A bonus ... after leaving Sausalito (return trip) you'll get a bonus ride to Angel Island and Tibouron before heading back to the San Francisco port. (more majestic views!).
easy way to Sausalito from SF
, Nov 2019
So easy to take the ferry, we booked online, just came at the right door and it was done! We reached Sausalito and manage to visit as we wanted then took the ferry back. Lavatory available, seated places and nice point of view to take pictures of the coast.
Love that ferry ride!
, Aug 2019
I have traveled all over the country and my favorite city is San Francisco. My favorite thing to do in San Francisco is to take the ferry to Sausalito for shopping and lunch with my wife. Straight to the gate made it all quite easy.
Conflicting times
, Jul 2019
The times on the website conflict with another source of information which made it hard to know when we had to be there. We took the ferry to Sausalito and thought we were on time but we had to wait in line for almost 30 minutes. Because of this inconsistency, we didn’t take the ferry back to SF we just took an Uber because we had no desire to go to the ferry port only to find out that we were late or had to wait in a long line to get back. Otherwise, the ferry ride is beautiful and worth the money.
Ferry to Sausalito
, Jun 2019
Ferry was good, buying the ticket in advance didn't really help as we still had to queue for ages to get on. Nice way to see a bit of the area from the water.
Ferry to Sausalito
, Jun 2019
Ferry trip was good, straight to the gate ticket didn't really achieve much, still had queue to get on the ferry at both ends so no real advantage over other travelers
Sausalito trip was great
, Aug 2018
We all had a great time me my mother my sisters a brother-in-law and nephews had a great time and were treated with respect and was able to get on and off the boat successfully without any issues

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