Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
from USD $37.40
Want to experience San Francisco's must-do attraction? Take the 60-minute Golden Gate Bay Cruise and you'll see why it's the perfect introduction to San Francisco. The narrated one-hour cruise does a loop of San Francisco Bay, sailing next to Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Don't worry about the unpredictable San Francisco weather! This is an open ticket which is valid for use on any day up until the end of the year.
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In Brief

San Francisco, United States
United States
1 hour
Seasonal departures
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, 499 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109-1314

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.

Pass By: Fort Mason, the Great Meadow, Bay Street and Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason

Pass By: Marina District, Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA

Cruise along the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake.

Pass By: Golden Gate Bridge, US-101, San Francisco, CA 94129

Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Pass By: Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA 94965

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.

Pass By: Angel Island State Park, Pier 41, San Francisco, CA 94109

Pass by Angel Island State Park to your left.

Pass By: Alcatraz Island, Pier 33, San Francisco, CA 94123

Slowly cruise around the infamous island of Alcatraz.

Pass By: San Francisco Bay Bridge, Highway 80 West, San Francisco, CA 94105

On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf, look out for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.

Pass By: Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero Parking area, San Francisco, CA 94133

After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 will welcome you back to Pier 43.


  • One-hour cruise
  • Multilingual audio-guide in 16 languages
  • "Straight to the gate" access


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Red and White Fleet, 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We did this 1hr tour while on a layover between flights. It was about 30mins (45 with traffic) drive from airport. The company had friendly staff and refreshments on board which hot chocolate for kids from Hawaii was needed. We were able to see to take amazing pictures of the bridge and the boat had plenty of seats. My family enjoyed so much
• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
A great way to spend an hour on the bay. Do this first guys. Full of facts and insight into the usual landmarks you will see. A great overview of what SF has to offer. Helps get your bearings and an understanding of where you need to go. A definite winner.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
We had a blast. Great cruise . Beautiful scenery Easy on and off Would definitely go on this cruise again.
• Submitted 06 Sep 2019
Very informative and nice to see everything from the water. Make sure you take a jacket if you want to stay upstairs!
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
If you're lucky enough to get a clear sky day (we did). This boat ride is absolutely stunning and perfect for taking pictures and seeing the bridge and surrounding island. Would definitely recommend.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2019
This was an inexpensive and worthwhile tour of the bay. We loved the narration of the history of the city. It was super cold on the water so bundle up. Lots to see and learn in just an hour. We were disappointed that we didn’t get to visit Alcatraz due to tickets being sold out (separately) but this cruise immerses you verbally so we didn’t miss out on anything.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
I've been on this Golden Gate Bay cruise a few years ago. It did not disappoint this time either. I took a friend visiting from Washington, and we loved it. The cruise left on time and the audio commentary, available in several languages, was very informative. They do offer snacks onboard if you're interested.I would definitely bring more guests onto this cruise in the future. I booked online and had the tickets on my phone for easy and convenient access. The staff was very friendly and hospitable. Oh, and by the way, the restrooms on board are very clean!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Very informative. Lots of fun and many sites to see. Very educational and enlightening. I would repeat tour
• Submitted 19 Nov 2018
Great price for an informative bay cruise. Inside or outside seating. Only problem I had was to keep messing with the jack for the headphones so I could hear. Wear a hat or hoodie. Incredibly window.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
The views of the San Francisco were beautiful my 10-yr. old granddaughter wanted to go under the Golden Gate for her birthday, and was intrigued by Alcatraz Island.
• Submitted 06 May 2018
This was such a lovely little tour! The boat was pretty empty we went on a Friday morning as there was only two or three other couples/groups. The historical information provided was awesome and we were able to get some really nice pictures!! I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
• Submitted 01 May 2018
This was a really great tour of the Bay! We had out-of-state visitors with us and it was a great way to take in so much of the City. And what a thrill to go underneath the Golden Gate Bridge!
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
Excellent, informative and flexible boarding times!
• Submitted 08 Mar 2018
My love with San Francisco was only heighten by this tour. The scenery and the golden gate close up was a highlight
• Submitted 24 Jan 2018
We had a great time. They were very accommodating and helpful. We enjoyed the Audio Tour information and thought it provided great educational elements and fun facts. It was great for all ages and provided you an opportunity to enjoy the ride from either an inside vantage point or from out on the open deck. Got to see some harbor seals, as well as, some sea lions during the tour.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
Superbe visite. Paysages à couper le souffle et commentaires de laudioguide très intéressants. Nous voulions initialement nous rendre à Alcatraz mais vraiment beaucoup trop de monde. Nous ne regrettons pas notre choix.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
The facilities were easily accessed the staff was awesome and the tour was exciting. The Golden Gate Bridge was incredible To view when we under it.
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 01 Jan 2018
Nice ride!
• Submitted 12 Dec 2017
It was a nice cruise. We have found interesting information about San Francisco. Nice views of the bridge. I recommend to take warm clothes, because it could be very windy on board.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2017
Très agréable et enrichissante façon de conclure un voyage à San Francisco. Les renseignements donnés par l'audio-guide nous permettent d'avoir un résumé de ce que nos lectures et nos visites de la ville nous ont permis d'apprendre, tout en admirant la ville, les ponts, et les environs de San Francisco.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2017
Excellent tour. Easy to book and personnel friendly and helpful. I have take tours with Viator before and will definitely look to them in the future.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2017
Great trip.
• Submitted 05 Oct 2017
excellent bay tour with full commentary also met three lovely ladies from liverpool on a girls holiday overhaul a very pleasant trip
• Submitted 24 Sep 2017

In Brief

San Francisco, United States
United States
1 hour
Seasonal departures

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