A trip on a ferry is the lowest-cost way to get out on San Francisco Bay — and there’s no better way to travel among bayfront cities. Experience the full beauty of San Francisco Bay from a ferry ride. Ferries are one of the easiest ways to get around San Francisco Bay

Ferries in San Francisco Bay

Alcatraz Cruises

San Francisco, CA 94111

Website: https://www.cityexperiences.com/san-francisco/city-cruises/alcatraz/

Phone: 415-981-7625

Bringing Visitors to Alcatraz
Photo: Bringing Visitors to Alcatraz

All Alcatraz Island tours depart from and return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, located along San Francisco’s northern waterfront promenade. On The Embarcadero near the intersection of The Embarcadero and Bay Streets. Approximately 1/4 mile from San Francisco’s beloved Fisherman’s Wharf. There is a choice of options for a tour of Alcatraz.

  • The Day Tour
    This tour allows access to Alcatraz Island, including the historic Alcatraz Cellhouse. Make the most of your Alcatraz experience with the self-guided Cellhouse Audio Tour.
  • Alcatraz Behind The Scenes Tour
    Discover areas previously not available to the public. Join a small on a guided adventure to explore clues to the Island’s fascinating past. A tunnel here, an underground jail there and special gardens with stunning views.
  • Alcatraz Night Adventure
    Experience the many moods of Alcatraz Island with an evening visit. Enjoy the beauty of a sunset silhouetting the Golden Gate Bridge. The Alcatraz Night Tour is a unique program limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening


Angel Island Ferry

21 Main St, Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920

Website: https://angelislandferry.com/

Phone: 415-435-2131 

Ferry between Tiburon and Angel Island. Run by the only family-owned ferry operation left on the bay, family owned and operated since 1959. They are a small operation with three ferry boats running between Tiburon and Angel Island. A short 10 minute ferry ride has you on beautiful Angel island. Angel Island State Park is a spectacular cultural and historic landmark of San Francisco. The Island has over 13 miles of hiking trails and over 8 miles of biking trails-ranging from beginner to advanced.


BayLink Ferries

1 Ferry Building (at Market St), San Francisco, CA 94111

Website: http://baylinkferry.com/

Phone: 415-705-8200

High-speed ferry service between San Francisco (stops at both Pier 41 and the Ferry Building) and Vallejo. Return service (only) from games at SBC Park….


Blue and Gold Fleet

Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94133

Website: https://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/

Phone: 415-705-5555

Blue Gold Fleet ferry, Old Blue at the Saualito Dock
Blue Gold Fleet Ferry at the Sausalito Dock, Old Blue
| Photographer: Michael Slater / BoatingSF


Blue and Gold Fleet is one of San Francisco’s premier operators of tours on San Francisco Bay. It operates a fleet of 21 vessels and it has been operating for over 40 years. The company provides regular ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island. It also operates to Vallejo, Alameda/Oakland, Harbor Bay, South San Francisco, Richmond, Oracle Park (for San Francisco Giants games and special events) and Chase Center (for Golden State Warriors games and special events). Some of the more popular cruises it operates are:

  • The famous one-hour San Francisco Bay Cruise
  • The 90-minute Escape From The Rock around Alcatraz Island, and
  • A Sunset Cruise


Golden Gate Ferry

101 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939-1803

Website: https://www.goldengate.org/ferry

Phone: 415-455-2000

Ferry service between Larkspur, Sausalito, and Tiburon and the San Francisco Ferry Building. Also provides service from Larkspur to SBC Park for Giants games. Their larger ferries have capacity for up to 750 passengers, while they also operate 4 catamarans for a speedier service.


San Francisco Bay Ferry

Pier 9, Suite 111, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Website: https://sanfranciscobayferry.com/

Phone: 415-705-8291

Catamaran Ferry 'Del Norte'
Photo: Catamaran Ferry ‘Del Norte’

San Francisco Bay Ferry is a public service of the San Francisco Bay Area. Operated by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority – WETA). It serves the San Francisco Ferry Building and Pier 41, South San Francisco. Operating full service ferries between Oakland/Alameda, Vallejo, and Richmond to San Francisco.