The Golden Gate Ferry is actually a group of ferries that operate near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The ferries are responsible for transporting passengers across the northern part of the Bay. However, they are not considered part of the MUNI public transportation system.
Golden Gate Ferry Options
When you take the popular ferries, you have a choice of three destinations, including:
- Sausalito Ferry: Takes you to the city of Sausalito, a waterfront locale in Marin County. Sausalito is a favorite city of photographers and tourists alike, thanks to its rows of galleries and shops.
- Larkspur Ferry: Sails about eight miles farther north and a bit more inland than the Sausalito Ferry.
- Giants Ferry: It is a specially scheduled boat that delivers fans to AT&T Park from Larkspur. It's a great way to avoid congested roads and still get to the baseball game.
The Sausalito terminal is located at Humboldt and Anchor Streets. The Larkspur terminal can be found at 101 East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, near Highway 101. The San Francisco terminal is at Market Street behind the Ferry Building.
The Larkspur terminal has ample parking, which is reserved for ferry passengers only. You're allowed to park there for 24 hours without being ticketed. The other two terminals do not have parking lots. You will have to find a spot on the street or in a garage. You are also free to park your bicycle in one of the public bike racks at all terminal locations.
The easiest way to get tickets for the Golden Gate Ferry is to pay cash at one of the ferry terminals prior to boarding the vessel or while you are onboard. If you buy tickets in advance, keep in mind that they are good for any ferry departure on the specific line you are traveling. In addition, you can buy Giants Ferry tickets at tickets.com or at the Dugout shop at AT&T Park. Other types of ferry tickets are not available from these places.
There are four different fares available, each is applicable for a one-way trip between any two destinations that the ferries service. Available fares include:
- Adult: Applies to persons between the ages of 19 and 64 who are not disabled.
- Senior/Disabled/Medicare/Youth: The price is normally half of the adult fare, and is reserved for persons 18 and under or 65 and over, and those with a physical disability or Medicare cardholders. Proof of disability, such as a DMV placard, may be required. Children ages five and younger ride for free, as long as an adult is traveling with them.
- Clipper: This fare is reserved for people who use the ferry frequently and have a Clipper card, which entitles them to a discount.
As of July 2010, a trip on the Giants Ferry costs 25 cents less than trips on the Sausalito or Larkspur Ferries. Also the Clipper rate for Larkspur is slightly more expensive than the Clipper rate for Sausalito.
About the Boats
Golden Gate Ferry boats have two decks, a main deck and an upper deck, and seating is not assigned. The decks are wheelchair accessible and equipped with lifts. Restrooms are available onboard. Refreshments are not regularly served. Most ferry trips take approximately one hour.