Golden Gate Bay Cruise: Scenic San Francisco Waterfront Voyage
1,218 Ratings
San Francisco
Embark on a one-hour scenic voyage along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, passing under the Golden Gate and around Alcatraz. Learn the history of San Francisco Bay and spot local marine life. Open ticket valid until the end of the year!
Duration: 1 hour
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park - Departing from Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park.
  • Fort Mason, the Great Meadow - As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason
  • Marina District - Cruise along the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake.
  • Golden Gate Bridge - Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Marin Headlands - Steaming back into the bay, you’ll travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, home to the 1960s flower generation.
  • Angel Island State Park - Pass by Angel Island State Park to your left.
  • San Francisco Bay Bridge - On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, look out for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.
  • Pier 39 - After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 will welcome you back to Pier 43.
What's Included
  • Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
  • One-hour cruise
  • ‘Straight to the gate’ access
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks. There is a full service bar onboard to purchase drinks and snacks.
Additional Information

A 60-minute picturesque journey - Catch the ferry from Pier 43.5 to Fisherman’s Wharf, traveling alongside the stunning landscape of San Francisco’s shoreline. The route takes you beneath the iconic Golden Gate and circumnavigates Alcatraz Island! Delve into the history of San Francisco Bay in an outdoor museum atmosphere and spot local marine species including sea lions, pelicans, whales and more.

No need to fret over San Francisco’s unpredictable weather! This ticket is designed for flexibility - use it any given day up to the conclusion of the year.

  • Boat crew are trained to provide first aid and CPR support, and first aid kits are readily available on all vessels
  • The main deck of each vessel are fully wheelchair accessible
  • All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and seasonal snack bar service.
  • Vessels operate on biodiesel - a renewable energy source.
  • The award-winning audio narration is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian and Vietnamese.
  • Please come to our location 20-30 minutes prior to the departure time.
Red and White Fleet
Please enter in Google Maps: "Red and White Fleet" or "Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco" for exact location and directions. Pier 43 ½ ticket booth (corner of Taylor Street and the Embarcadero) Please come to our location 20-30 minutes prior to the departure time.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(1218 Ratings)
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May 29, 2024
Go for it. It's worth it. - Very good experience on the cruise. The boat is well maintained and has a bar and fast food counter. The seating is comfortable and adequate. The upper deck, i highly recommend, is also well laid out. The best experience is on the upper deck. Very punctual with timings. The commentary about the sights and they highlight and history is well narrated. An hour long trip is well with the money.
Review provided by Viator
May 25, 2024
Bay Cruise with family 😘😘😘 - Being under the Golden Gate Bridge and seeing it up close and personal was our highlight. We also enjoyed an almost VIP entrance because of my mom and my grandkids. Up close and personal as well with Alcatraz. We can just imagine how horrendous it must have been for the inmates to have such gorgeous views but unable to be free to actually enjoy them. Overall, Great way to spend an hour in SF with family 👏👏👏!!!
Review provided by Viator
May 22, 2024
Great Adventure - Had a great time on this cruise. Friendly staff. You cannot go wrong with this adventure. Enjoyed it so much I wanted to ride again.
Review provided by Viator
May 21, 2024
Perfect, quick, interesting! Do it - We are traveling with young kids and didn’t want a full day tour- this was perfect. Short but packed with all the sights and room to shuffle inside or out. You could choose to listen to the recorded guide info or just take in the sights- we didn’t experience any issues with the audio (we didn’t use the headset, just listened to the speaker) but if you weren’t close, you couldn’t hear a thing. We were worried when a huge horde of children on a field trip lined up but the tour was successful even with them. We lucked out and had a mostly clear day and the views were fantastic- seals bobbing in the water to boot. They take you around the whole “Rock”, under and thru the Golden Gate Bridge with plenty of opportunities for great photos - highly recommend. The crew was friendly and energetic too.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
May 21, 2024
Pier fun - Easy online booking, boarding, and cruise :) crew was fun and friendly. Lots to see and learn……….:):)
Review provided by Viator
May 18, 2024
Money will spent! - Friendly and helpful staff. My teens enjoyed themselves. Spectacular views would definitely do again! Money well spent.
Review provided by Viator
May 16, 2024
Best way to view the bridge! - One the best things to experience in SF! Professionally and service goes above beyond 5 stars. This was an incredible experience. To be able to go around the Golden Gate Bridge and see all the windsurfers coming so close to us was breathtaking. We had amazing time and thankful for the chance to see such beautiful views.
Review provided by Tripadvisor
May 15, 2024
Amazing views & value for money! - This trip was amazing! Perfectly organised, the location details were stated clearly and super easy to find. The trip left exactly on time and staff were super efficient. There was a bar on the boat too which was an added treat The views were great and I enjoyed the voice over on the boat talking about some of the history of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Would 10/10 recommend to anyone looking to do some sightseeing in San Francisco
Review provided by Tripadvisor
May 14, 2024
You should go on this cruise! - Really enjoyed this cruise. Right amount of time, plenty of space, and great views! All the staff were friendly. Bathrooms were clean.
Review provided by Viator
May 20, 2024
nice day on the bay - nice trip around the bay with well informed details of landmarks. no hassle booking and service was great.
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Select Date and Tickets
up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024