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Angel Island Ferry

Enjoy the Ride to Angel Island: Schedule & Riding Tips

 

blue and gold ferryThe Angel Island ferry is the only way to get to and from this island in the SF Bay. Only a few ferries service it each day.

On a sunny day in the city, it is one of the best places for a hike. You can even take amazing pictures of San Francisco, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is quiet and serene, making it the perfect 'get away' in the city.

The Blue and Gold Ferry Fleet Company is the only one that runs the between the island and San Francisco. In addition, there is another one that runs between to and from Tiburon.

Here is a map that shows the terminals in San Francisco, Tiburon and where they drop you off on Angel Island.

angel island ferry map

From San Francisco: Summer & Fall Schedule

In the summer and fall, Monday through Friday there is one Angel Island ferry that leaves in the morning and one in the early afternoon. There are also two return ferries. Both leave in the mid-afternoon hours.

Some of the ferries pick up at both the Ferry Building and Pier 41. Others only pick up on Pier 41.

Here is the typical schedule for late April through late October/early November.

Weekday Schedule, Monday - Friday
Leaves Ferry Building Leaves Pier 41 Arrives on Angel Island Leaves Angel Island Arrives at Pier 41
9:15am 9:45 am 10:10 am 10:10 am --
-- 1:05 pm 1:45 pm 1:55 pm 2:20 pm
-- -- 3:10 pm 3:20 pm 4:15 pm

Weekends and Holidays
Leaves Ferry Building Leaves Pier 41 Arrives on Angel Island Leaves Angel Island Arrives at Pier 41
9:20am 9:45 am 10:10 am 10:20 am 11:35 am
11:20am 11:45 am 12:15 pm 12:25 pm 1:15 pm
-- 2:20 pm 3:10 pm 3:20 pm 3:40 pm
-- --- 4:20 pm 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

Costs from San Francisco

The cost for adults is $18 per person for a round trip. They sell one way tickets, but since this is the only way back, I recommend buying a round trip ticket up front.

The round trip ticket cost for Seniors and Children ages 6 – 11 is $9.50. Children 5 and under are free.

Book your tickets in advance online today.

From San Francisco: Winter & Spring Schedule

During the week in the winter/spring, when the weather is a little cooler, there is only one Angel Island ferry a day. It leaves in the morning and returns in the mid-afternoon.

On the weekends, there is one cruise from SF. There are two departure times on the weekend, but one is a few minutes after drop off. So, in reality, there is just one ferry back to San Francisco that you will want to take.

During this time there is also only one pick up point at Pier 41 in Fishermans Wharf. This pick up point is near the famed Pier 39 shopping and entertainment area.

Here is the current schedule for October - April.

Weekday Schedule, Monday - Friday
Leaves
Pier 41
Arrives on Angel Island Leaves
Angel Island
Arrives at
Pier 41
9:45 am 10:10 am 10:15 am 10:55 am
--- --- 1:25 pm* 1:45 pm*
--- --- 2:50 pm 3:15 pm

Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) and Holiday Schedule
Leaves
Pier 41
Arrives on Angel Island Leaves
Angel Island
Arrives at
Pier 41
9:45 am 10:10 am 10:15 am 11:20 am
-- -- 4:10 pm 5:20 pm

The return one on weekends and holidays is not a misprint. It will take an hour to return as it stops at a couple of additional locations on the way back to San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge
walking tours
alcatraz prison tours
Free
Attractions
Best
Walking Tours
Alcatraz
Prison Tours

From Tiburon

There is also a ferry that runs to and from Tiburon. This runs a little more often, but it only runs from Tiburon.

Month Days Departs Tiburon Departs Angel Island
January - February Mon - Fri Group departures only*
Sat - Sun 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, 3:30
March Mon - Tues Group departures only*
Weds - Fri 10:00, 1:00 10:20, 1:20
Sat - Sun 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, 3:30
April Mon - Tues 10:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 1:20, 3:30
Weds - Fri 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, 3:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 4:00 hourly 10:20 - 4:20 hourly
May 1, 2012 thru October 13, 2012 Mon - Fri 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, 3:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 5:00 hourly 10:20 - 5:20 hourly
October 14 - 31, 2012 Mon - Tues 10:00, 1:00 10:20, 1:20
Weds - Fri 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, 3:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 5:00 hourly 10:20 - 5:20 hourly
November - December Mon - Fri Group departures only*
Sat - Sun 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 3:00 10:20, 11:20, 1:20, 3:30

*Individuals can hop on group reserved ferries. Call 415-435-2131 for any group ferries during these times.

Note the quick turn around times for some of these trips. Before booking your ticket or hopping on, confirm your return times. You do not want to get left on the island!

If you decide to take this one, you need to be in Tiburon. Learn more about the Tiburon ferry that takes you from San Francisco over to Tiburon.

Tips for Taking this Ferry

Before you go, read up on Angel Island. On that page, you can explore a list of the top activities on the island. You will also find a list of some great spots for pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the city of San Francisco.

angel island tiburon boat

You can either purchase your tickets online or in person at the pier. The time of departure on the ticket is the time the boat pulls away from the dock.

I recommend you get there at least 15 minutes in advance - or even earlier - to make sure you get on the boat before they close the doors and push away from the dock.

Bring along some warm layers for the ride. I can get a little chilly most days and sitting outside is the best way to see all of the sites along the way.

If you are heading over to go biking riding, you can take your bike on the boat with you. They allow bikes on the first level. You will see a group of bikes when you board. Right before the ferry reaches the island, you will see everyone head to their bike and this is when you need to grab yours also.

Both ferries alter their schedules for major holiday such as New Years Day. They also close on Christmas Day. Always check the schedule before booking your tickets.

Enjoy Angel Island Without Stepping Off The Boat

Another alternative to seeing Angel Island is to take a San Francisco bay cruise. Many of these cruises take you by the island, provide you with some of its history and offer you the change to take a few photos -- all without getting off the ferry!

golden gate ferry cruise

If you want to see the island, but do not want to spend all day there -- this is a great alternative. In addition, you are able to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and learn more about all of these very famous landmarks.

The Golden Gate Bay Cruise is a one hour ride around the bay. It departs from Fishermans Wharf at Pier 41 1/2. During the hour ride, you cruise past all three of the attractions mentioned above. There are numerous departure times each day, so you can choose the one that works best for your schedule. Find out more about the Golden Gate Bay Cruise.

Then -- sit back and enjoy your time on the bay!


If you have an extra day in your itinerary or are looking for something fun to do with kids, then I recommend taking an Angel Island ferry over to the island.

Here are some other options for those unable to ride this one but still interested in a cruise on the bay:

  • Sausalito Ferry: This one runs between San Francisco and Sausalito, a small, cute down located on the northern side of the San Francisco bay. It is a fun afternoon or day trip over to Sausalito. Learn more about the this option.

  • Other SF Ferries: Are you having a hard time figuring out which one is right for you? If so, then check out this section. It has highlights of all of the major ferries available in the bay area. It also includes some cruises around the bay -- designed for you to be able to sit back and enjoy the beautiful San Francisco bay scenery.

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