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Sausalito Ferry

Discover All You Need to Know About Taking This SF Ferry

Discover tips for taking the Sausalito Ferry, one of the most popular San Francisco Ferries. Find info including the Sausalito Ferry Schedule, where to pick up this ferry and more.

This is the most well known San Francisco ferry. When you read about ferries in the San Francisco area, most of them are referring to this ride across the bay. It’s a beautiful ride past Alcatraz Island with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge on the horizon.

sausalito ferry

Blue and Gold Fleet

There are two Sausalito Ferries to and from San Francisco. The first one is run by the Blue and Gold Fleet of ferries and picks up ferry passengers at Pier 41 in Fishermans Wharf near the famed Pier 39.

This is their schedule for April to October

April to November
Weekdays: Monday to Friday

Depart Pier 41 Arrive Sausalito Departs Sausalito Arrive Pier 41
10:55 am 11:25 am 11:35 am 12:05 pm
12:15 pm 12:45 pm 12:55 pm 1:25 pm
1:35 pm 2:05 pm 2:10 pm 2:40 pm
2:45 pm 3:35 pm 3:45 pm 4:15 pm
4:45 pm 5:25 pm 5:35 pm 6:05 pm
6:15 pm 6:45 pm 6:55 pm 7:25 pm
-- 8:10 pm 8:20 pm 8:35 pm
*Fridays only

April to November
Weekends & Holidays
Depart Pier 41 Arrive Sausalito Departs Sausalito Arrive Pier 41
11:00 am 11:25 am 11:35 am 12:05 pm
12:20 pm 12:50 pm 12:55 pm 1:25 pm
2:20 pm 2:50 pm 3:05 pm 3:40 pm
3:50 pm 4:20 pm 4:35 pm 5:30 pm
--- 4:40 pm 4:55 pm 5:30 pm
5:40 pm 6:10 pm 6:20 pm 7:15 pm
7:25 pm 7:55 pm 8:00 pm 8:45 pm

Here is the typical Sausalito schedule for the Blue and Gold Fleet for late October to April.

Weekdays: Monday to Friday
October - April
Depart Pier 41 Arrive Sausalito Departs Sausalito Arrive Pier 41
11:00am 11:25am 11:35am 12:15pm
12:20pm 12:45pm 12:55pm 1:45pm
1:50pm 2:15pm 2:20pm 3:15pm
3:10pm 3:40pm 3:45pm 4:10pm
-- 8:10pm* 8:15pm* 8:40pm*
*Service available starting March 9, 2015

Weekends & Holidays
October - April
Depart Pier 41 Arrive Sausalito Departs Sausalito Arrive Pier 41
9:45am 10:45am 10:55am 11:20pm
11:35am 12:00pm 12:10pm 1:05pm
2:05pm 2:50pm 3:00pm 3:25pm
3:35pm 4:45pm 4:55pm 5:20pm
5:30pm* 5:55pm* 6:05pm* 6:55pm*

This one takes about 30 minutes to cross the bay. It drops off just a few minute’s walk away from the shopping and restaurants in downtown.

The cost is $11.00 per adult, one way. The cost is $6.75 one way for both seniors and children ages 5 – 11.

If you decide to stay the night, you can take a boat back the next day. Your other option for getting back to San Francisco is to take a bus back. They run a little later than the ferries, so it gives you a little more time if you want to stay a little longer.

You can now book your tickets to this SF ferry online in advance of your trip.

Click here for a full list of attractions and things to do in Sausalito.

Golden Gate

The second one is operated by Golden Gate. This one picks up and drops off passengers at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. This building is located on the Embarcadero near downtown San Francisco.

Here is the schedule for June - September.

Weekdays: Monday to Friday
June - September
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
7:10 am 7:35 am 7:40 am 8:10 am
8:20 am 8:45 am 10:00 am 10:30 am
10:55 am 11:25 am 11:35 am 12:05 pm
12:15 pm 12:45 pm 12:55 pm 1:25 pm
1:55 pm 2:25 pm 2:35 pm 3:05 pm
3:25 pm 3:55 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm
4:25 pm 4:55 pm 4:20 pm 4:45 pm
5:05 pm 5:35 pm 5:15 pm 5:45 pm
6:05 pm 6:35 pm 5:50 pm 6:15 pm
6:35 pm 7:05 pm 6:50 pm 7:20 pm
7:35 pm 8:05 pm 7:55 pm 8:20 pm

Weekends & Holidays
June - September
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
--- --- 10:40 am 11:10 pm
11:20 am 11:50 am 12:00 pm 12:30 pm
12:45 pm 1:15 pm 1:25 pm 1:55 pm
2:10 pm 2:40 pm 2:50 pm 3:20 pm
2:35 pm 3:05 pm 3:25 pm 3:55 pm
3:50 pm 4:20 pm 4:40 pm 5:10 pm
4:15pm 4:45pm 5:05pm 5:40pm
5:35 pm 6:05 pm 6:45 pm 7:15 pm
6:00 pm 6:30 pm -- --
7:30 pm 8:00 pm -- --

Here is the typical schedule for September - December.

Weekdays: Monday to Friday
End of September - December
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
7:10am 7:35am 7:40am 8:10am
8:20am 8:45am 10:00am 10:30am
10:55am 11:25am 11:35am 12:05pm
12:15pm 12:45pm 12:55pm 1:25pm
1:55pm 2:25pm 2:35pm 3:05pm
3:20pm 3:50pm 4:00pm 4:30pm
4:45pm 5:15pm 5:30pm 6:00pm
6:10pm 6:35pm 6:45pm 7:10pm
7:20pm 7:50pm 7:55pm 8:20pm

Weekends & Holidays
End of September - December
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
--- --- 10:40am 11:10am
11:20am 11:50am 12:00pm 12:30pm
12:45pm 1:15pm 1:25pm 1:55pm
2:10pm 2:40pm 2:50pm 3:20pm
3:50pm 4:20pm 4:40pm 5:10pm
--- --- 6:00pm 6:30pm
5:35pm 6:05pm --- ---
6:45pm 7:15pm --- ---

Here is the typical winter schedule.

Weekdays: Monday to Friday
December to April

Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
7:10am 7:35am 7:40am 8:10am
8:20am 8:45am 10:00am 10:30am
10:55am 11:25am 11:35am 12:05pm
12:15pm 12:45pm 12:55pm 1:25pm
1:55pm 2:25pm 2:35pm 3:05pm
3:20pm 3:50pm 4:00pm 4:30pm
4:45pm 5:15pm 5:30pm 6:00pm
6:10pm 6:35pm 6:45pm 7:10pm
7:20pm 7:50pm 7:55pm 8:20pm

Weekends & Holidays
December to April
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
--- --- 10:40am 11:10am
11:20am 11:50am 12:00pm 12:30pm
12:45pm 1:15pm 1:25pm 1:55pm
2:10pm 2:40pm 2:50pm 3:20pm
3:50pm 4:20pm 4:40pm 5:10pm
--- --- 6:00pm 6:30pm
5:35pm 6:05pm --- ---
6:45pm 7:15pm --- ---

This is the typical schedule for April - early June.

Weekdays: Monday to Friday
April - June
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
7:10 am 7:35 am 7:40 am 8:10 am
8:20 am 8:45 am 10:00 am 10:30 am
10:55 am 11:25 am 11:35 am 12:05 pm
12:15 pm 12:45 pm 12:55 pm 1:25 pm
1:55 pm 2:25 pm 2:35 pm 3:05 pm
3:20 pm 3:50 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm
4:45 pm 5:15 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm
6:10 pm 6:35 pm 6:45 pm 7:10 pm
7:20 pm 7:50 pm 7:55 pm 8:20 pm

Weekends & Holidays
April - June
Depart Sausalito Arrive SF Ferry Building Depart SF Ferry Building Arrive Sausalito
--- --- 10:40 am 11:10 am
11:20 am 11:50 am 12:00 pm 12:30 pm
12:45 pm 1:15 pm 1:25 pm 1:55 pm
2:10 pm 2:40 pm 2:50 pm 3:20 pm
3:50 pm 4:20 pm 4:40 pm 5:10 pm
5:35 pm 6:05 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm
6:45 pm 7:15 pm --- ---

The cost for this one is $9.75 per adult for a one way ticket. It is $4.75 for Children ages 6 – 10, Seniors and Disabled customers per person for a one way ticket. The ride is free for children 5 and under.

This one takes about 30 minutes for a one way trip. It also drops off near the shops and restaurants in downtown. They are only a quick 5 minute walk away.

You can also do a round trip ticket with this one, stay the night or take a bus back to the city. There are a number of options, so you won’t get stuck away from the city if that is where you are staying and you miss the last ride out.

Here are a few hotel recommendations for Sausalito if you decide to stay overnight.

Tips for Taking the Sausalito Ferry

The schedule changes at times, so I’d highly recommend that you check out the latest schedule when booking your ticket. You can either book your ticket online through the Blue and Gold Fleet or Golden Gate. You can also buy a ticket when you arrive.

If you buy your ticket online, make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. The time on your ticket is the time it pulls away from the dock, so if you arrive right on time, you still might miss your ride. Leave plenty of time to get there before it departs.

Also, it is pretty chilly along the bay as you are traveling on the Sausalito ferry from San Francisco. You aren’t guaranteed a spot inside, so make sure you bring a few layers of clothes to stay warm. It is also fun to sit outside as you get a better view of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Terminal in Sausalito

Once you arrive in Sausalito, they will drop you off at Gabrielson Park. This is on the northern side of downtown.

On the map below, you can see both the terminal drop off and downtown.

Map Sausalito Ferry Terminal

Once you walk off the boat, you will start to see restaurants and shops right away. Continue to head left and you'll eventually make your way to Bridgeway (the large orange road on the map above). The is the main street that runs through downtown Sausalito.

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