Golden Gate Bay Cruise

One hour scenic voyage – Ferry between Pier 43.5 and Fisherman’s Wharf while transiting along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, passing under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz! Learn the history of San Francisco Bay in an open-air museum setting and observe local marine life such as sea lions, pelicans, whales and more. 

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The Original San Francisco Bay Cruise

Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, our Golden Gate Bay Cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for nearly 80 years. Cruise along San Francisco’s breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and loop closely around notorious Alcatraz Island. On our Golden Gate Bay Cruise you’ll discover the city’s colorful history and world famous landmarks with personal headphone audio in 16 languages. During the Golden Gate Bay Cruise, you may also experience up-close wildlife encounters including seagulls, pelicans, and sea lions. At times, you may see even harbor porpoises and whales, so be alert!

Departing from the heart of historic Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 43½, cruise alongside the San Francisco’s remarkable cityscape and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels moored at Hyde Street Pier, the San Francisco Maritime National Park, and numerous other exciting sights along the way.

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As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll view Fort Mason and the Marina District, which was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Next, take in views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio – both former Army installations – that are now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities while cruising directly under the massive 4,200-foot long, 746-foot high span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

As you head back into the Bay, travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, which was once home to the late-1960’s Flower Generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, you’ll slowly cruise around (and up-close to) the infamous Alcatraz Island. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower in the distance.

After a full-hour of exciting sights on Red and White’s Golden Gate Bay Cruise, either end your tour at Pier 39, or stay on board and ferry back to Pier 43½. Here, you can visit two National Historic Landmarks, the WWII submarine USS Pampanito and merchant marine vessel SS Jeremiah O’Brien.

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Details on our Golden Gate Cruise Bay Cruise Service:

  • Cruises Depart from Pier 43 ½, Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Cruises will stop at the San Francisco Ferry Building, or stay on board and ferry back to Pier 43 1/2.
  • There are several daily departures from Pier 43½ 
  • Available on board is a full bar with drinks and snacks (at reasonable prices). Bar purchases can be made with credit or debit cards. We are unable to accept cash at this time.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Boarding on first-come, first-serve basis. All Golden Gate Bay Cruise tickets are valid for any departure time within the current calendar year. For example: all tickets purchased in 2020 will expire on December 31, 2020, unless sail date for 2021 is booked.
Guest comments:

“Legitimately one of the best experiences ever. Great sightseeing & super relaxing ride. Will definitely come back!” – Kit H.

“Loved this!!! Great way to see SF Bay and landmarks. Go!!” – JK M

“It was a great experience! Best 2hr cruise of the bay.” Alok V


Adult: $34.00
Youth: $25.00

Adult (18+); Youth (5-17);

Children ages 4 and under receive complimentary admission to Red and White cruises but need to be ticketed for capacity control. If you have a child aged 4 or younger inform our staff in the boarding line and we will give you their complimentary boarding pass.

Tours available beginning September 17.

Cruises will depart Thursday – Sunday

We’re getting ready to welcome you back to the most beautiful city in the world. This one hour scenic voyage will ferry between Fisherman’s Wharf and the San Francisco Ferry Building. All tours will depart from Pier 43 1/2.

Departure days and times will vary. Please check our booking calendar above for cruise service time.

Route Map – 1 Hour