San Francisco

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

Badge of ExcellenceSan Francisco, USA
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

On this San Francisco bridge cruise, get an up-close look at the city’s two engineering marvels—the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge—as you travel across San Francisco Bay. See major city sights like Alcatraz, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building, and listen to recorded commentary about the city's legendary architecture while you glide under both bridges.
  • San Francisco Bay sightseeing cruise
  • Capture amazing photos as you go under the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge
  • Enjoy views of Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Ferry Building, and the Palace of Fine Arts
  • Get up-close views of Alcatraz and Treasure Island
  • Learn about the bridges and San Francisco's history and culture from the audio commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Cruise by the Golden Gate and Bay bridges on nearly any day within 1 year of purchase.

What's Included

  • Audio commentary available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian and Vietnamese
  • "Straight to the gate" access
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Red and White Fleet San Francisco Bay Cruises
    Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The symbol of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, is best seen from the water. This bridge-to-bridge boat tour departing from Fisherman’s Wharf provides unbeatable views of this architectural icon. Cruise underneath the red spires as well as under its east-side counterpart, the Bay Bridge.

After boarding the boat, perhaps buy a snack or a drink from the full bar (own expense; you are also free to bring food on board). Then enjoy the scenery as your captain takes you across San Francisco Bay, passing by Alcatraz Island. Admire landmarks like Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, the Transamerica Pyramid, and the Palace of Fine Arts, and see where the wide Pacific meets the narrow entrance to the bay.

During the cruise, listen to recorded commentary about the construction of the bridges and San Francisco’s geology and famed architecture. Your tour ends when you return to the pier.

Note: Restrooms are available on board the boat, which provides both indoor and outdoor spaces for your comfort. This is an open ticket, valid for one-time use on any day this cruise operates within one year from your purchase date.

Ferry Building Marketplace (Pass By)

Golden Gate Bridge (Pass By)

San Francisco Bay (Pass By)

Transamerica Pyramid (Pass By)

San Francisco Bay Bridge (Pass By)

Treasure Island (Pass By)

Red and White Fleet (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Boat crew is trained to provide first aid and CPR support, and first aid kits are readily available on all vessels
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • The main decks of all vessels are fully wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Neva_S
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. It was such a fun experience and the views were amazing! Everyone from the grandparents to the teenagers enjoyed themselves.

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Beautiful experience!
JaniceKrystal_A, May 2024
Spur of the moment decision to go this tour. It was very informative and the views of the bridges incredible!
Wonderful staff
Artie_L, Apr 2024
It was wonderful and the staff on the boat where very helpful toward people with disabilities. I could not go upstairs to take pictures and the staff there on the boat took pictures for me to help out. Very nice tour and friendly staff. You rocks rock.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on the cruise! Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
Golden and Oakland Bridge and round alcatraz tour
Julie_A, Mar 2024
Excellent trip, on time, went under both bridges and around alcatraz. Good information on the trip although due to the wind it was hard to hear at times.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on the cruise! We're thrilled that you found it excellent especially enjoying Alcatraz and capturing stunning pictures of San Francisco, both bridges, and Alcatraz. Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
Excellent
Ginette_P, Mar 2024
Really interesting ! It was our first time in San Francisco and it is really worth it. We could see much more than we thought! That was great!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on the cruise! We're thrilled that you found it amazing and beautiful. Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
Highlights of San Fran Bay
Beth, Mar 2024
Very cool to go Under to Golden Gate Bridge And the Bay Bridge. We had a lively sunny day to see all vista's. And a little creepy to see the other side of Alcatraz. Overall, a beautiful day to see the cityscape from the water and bridges!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on the cruise! We're thrilled that you found it amazing and beautiful, especially enjoying Alcatraz and capturing stunning pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
awesome cruise
Ervin_O, Mar 2024
The history of the bridges and the beauty of the bay were so interesting. We have now crossed over the bridges and gone under!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on our Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise! We're thrilled that you found it amazing and beautiful! Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
Bridge to Bridge Bay Cruise-Awesome!
James_C, Feb 2024
Seeing the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz up close was exciting and the accompanying audio was very informative. Having the audio available in numerous languages was a bonus. The crew was very professional and friendly.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on the cruise! We're thrilled that you found it amazing and beautiful, especially enjoying Alcatraz and capturing stunning pictures of the San Francisco bridge and Alcatraz. Glad you enjoyed our audio tour and found it informative! Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
Great trip.
Nicola_T, Feb 2024
Great trip. Well organised and friendly staff. We got to go round Alcatraz island and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Great photo opportunities. There is a small cafe and restrooms on board (clean).
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience on the cruise! We're thrilled that you found it amazing and beautiful, especially enjoying Alcatraz and capturing stunning pictures of the San Francisco bridge and Alcatraz. Your positive feedback means a lot to us, and we look forward to welcoming you back for more unforgettable moments.
Great way to see the city
Gareth_W, Jan 2024
Great views, highly recommended, good way to see the city and learn more about the history, go under the Golden Gate Bridge, some great photo opportunities.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your positive review! We're delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable cruise.
Great experience, will come back again.
SyedAhmed_Q, Dec 2023
On time service, nice staff. Weather was good as well. Enjoyed a lot with my Family. Great experience.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
So glad to hear that you and your family had a great time! Thank you for the positive feedback about our service and staff! Hope you and your family will come back again!
Excellent
David_C, Nov 2023
Great Ride, nice views. Excellent tour. Definitely will comeback. With more family members and friends.
Beautiful bay view
Lydia_M, Nov 2023
Well worth the money! Great view of the city and the bridges. Beautiful views. The whole family enjoyed it.
Great trip around the bay
Kevin_T, Nov 2023
The weather just before the trip was very wet so we checked to see if we could move the trip to another day the girls were very supportive and said absolutely no problem in the end the weather improved so we took the trip which was well worth it
Great experience. Pick a nice day.
Ruth_R, Oct 2023
We were never here before. Picked this tour for the length, cost and reviews. It was perfect for what we wanted. Informational, food and drink on the boat. Very good presentation. Really nice and clean and we would recommend it highly.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for choosing our tour and sharing your experience! Your recommendation means a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Check it out!
Dave_R, Oct 2023
A must do for visitors. Awesome scenery and comfortable ride with bar. My only gripe is that I wish they would make the narration louder
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the awesome scenery and found the ride comfortable. We appreciate your feedback regarding the narration volume, and we'll take this into consideration for future improvements. We're glad you joined us, and we hope to welcome you back for another memorable cruise in the future!
Good experience
Rohan_S, Sep 2023
Great experience..the whole family loved it..(7 and 13yrs). The ride was smooth and all the details were given.. The only thing is that one has to wait in the line,wud say depending on how early you reach for the tour..
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that the whole family, including the 7 and 13-year-olds, enjoyed the cruise. It's wonderful that you found the ride smooth and appreciated the informative details provided. We understand that waiting in line can be a factor, and arriving early can definitely enhance the experience. We appreciate your visit and hope to welcome you all back for more family adventures in the future!
SF Boat Trip
Stewart_S, Sep 2023
Fantastic trip, well worth it. Great price for a 1 hr 30 min trip. Very cold & windy, so take a hoodie or light jacket
It was a great...
Cheryl_P, Sep 2023
It was a great experience. We saw so much. We had a hard time hearing the audio inside the boat, especially the male. Otherwise, it was very fun.
Approaching the bridge...
Eva_S, Aug 2023
Approaching the bridge was very exciting, it is a different feeling and point of view from a ship cruising in the bay than taking photos from the beach.
Excellent experience, highly recommend
Deborah_P, Aug 2023
The boat was very clean and spacious. The staff was friendly and we had a wonderful tour of the bay! Highlight for me was certainly under the Golden Gate Bridge! Definitely recommend!
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