Golden Gate Bridge Parking

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Golden Gate Bridge Parking

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The only complete list and map of Golden Gate Bridge parking lots on the Web! Whether you come for bike riding or you come for walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, the parking at the Golden Gate Bridge can be tricky, especially if you’re coming from the north. Scroll down for maps and a list of more than twelve different places to park — including some unpublished parking lots — with Insider Tips and links to mass transit options that let you skip all the hassles of parking!

The Bridge is ringed with a series of parking lots, but given that each end of the structure is anchored on a rocky promontory high above the Bay there are lots of complications in access and availability for each lot. The most popular lot, which contains the Welcome Center, has the fewest spaces! We have unpublicized lots as well as the official parking areas all listed below, including one parking lot that isn’t even displayed on area road maps!  Scroll down for all the details.

Insiders Tip:  You only pay a toll crossing the Golden Gate Bridge southbound into San Francisco. Driving north to Sausalito is free. Pedestrians and bikes cross the Bridge for free.

Insiders Tip:  Pedestrians are required to walk on the eastern sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge, the side facing San Francisco. On weekends and on weekdays after 3:30 PM bike riders use the western sidewalk, facing the Pacific Ocean. The rest of the time they have to share the eastern sidewalk with pedestrians.

Insiders Tip:  On weekends and holidays, especially during the summer and early autumn, many of the parking lots for the Golden Gate Bridge can fill up (even the semi-secret ones), especially from mid-morning through the afternoon.  Consider using the mass transit options we list for each parking lot.

 

SOUTHERN GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE PARKING AREAS (SAN FRANCISCO SIDE) 

Golden Gate Bridge South Parking Lots

Numbers on Map Correspond to Parking Lots Listed Below — Scroll Down for Interactive Google Map

 

1.  Southeast Parking Lot, South Vista Point, Strauss Plaza & Welcome Center

Click here for our detailed page about the Southeast Parking Lot, Strauss Plaza, the Welcome Center and its many features.

If you’re coming from San Francisco This is the easiest and most-visited entry point to the Bridge, and even if you park in one of the overflow lots (as is likely during popular visitor times) it’s the best place to start your visit to the Bridge if you’ve never been here before.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

Insiders Tip:  The new earthquake-resistant Doyle Drive has largely been completed, with much of it buried in tunnels to open up parkland above.  Coming north on either route to the Bridge from San Francisco get in the extreme right hand lane a full mile before you reach the toll plaza and watch carefully for signs for the last San Francisco exit so you turn off before crossing the Bridge.  It’s easy to miss, and if you’re not in the right lane already when you see the signs you may not be able to get over in time.

Walkers and weekday bike riders can proceed directly from this lot to the east walkway of the Bridge to walk across.  Weekend bike riders take an underpass to reach the western walkway, where bikes are required to go on Saturday and Sunday.

 

2.  Weekends Only: Employee Parking Lot, West Side of Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza

This lot is only available on weekends for a flat fee of $5 per day.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

 

3.  Fort Winfield Scott Parking Lot on Lincoln Boulevard

Click here for our detailed page on the Fort Winfield Scott Parking Lot near the Golden Gate Bridge.

This lot was taboo for Bridge visitors for decades, but is now OK to park in since the Presidio became part of the GGNRA.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

 

4.  Golden Gate Overlook Parking Lot on Lincoln Boulevard

This lot is a mix of asphalt, gravel and dirt/sand. It was intended to serve the Overlook, but during construction (which has closed other lots) it is a de facto Bridge overflow lot.

NOTE: DANGEROUS CONDITIONS!  The Overlook area is fenced for safety in some areas and not in others, both in areas under construction and in the view areas. There are sheer cliffs and old concrete structures where one moment you’re on solid ground and the next you can be badly injured or even killed in a fall. Do not walk here except in good daylight. Assume that the concrete structures hide un-fenced sheer drop-offs. The first one you come to, which in poor light looks like a gentle up-slope to the old fort, ends in about a 10-foot drop with no signs, railings or warnings, and if you fell there you’d land on concrete.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

 

5.  Fort Point Parking Lot (beneath the Golden Gate Bridge)

Click here for our detailed page about Fort Point, including its parking lot!

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

It’s also the location of a famous scene from the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo.

 

6.  Crissy Field “West Bluff” Parking Lot on Marine Drive

It’s not too long a walk to the Bridge from the Crissy Field West Bluff parking area, which is just west of the traffic circle on Marine Drive, but you do have to climb a fairly steep path up the hill.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

 

7.  Coastal Trail Parking Lot

Just up the hill from the employee parking lot next to the Toll Plaza is another lot, which just re-opened in 2016 after being remodeled and re-paved.  Stepping just a few paces down a path from this lot also reveals a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge looking directly north along its roadway.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

 

8.  Battery East Parking Lot

Downhill from the main South Parking Lot on Lincoln Blvd. going  towards Fort Point, the Battery East lot is an auxiliary lot newly repaved and remodeled for 2016. This lot has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge that rivals that of the famous picture postcard view from the Vista Point at the southern end of the Bridge.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via tunnel under Bridge.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Lincoln Blvd. or Mason St. from San Francisco.

 

NORTHERN GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE PARKING AREAS (SAUSALITO SIDE IN MARIN COUNTY) 

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Letters on Map Correspond to Parking Lots Listed Below — Scroll Down for Interactive Google Map

 

A.  Vista Point (North of the Bridge on the Sausalito Side)

Click here for our detailed page about Vista Point and the Golden Gate Bridge Northeast Parking Lot.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes

Access from Highway 101 South: No (See Vista Point page for pedestrian route from Conzelman Road lot)

Access via City Streets: No (See Vista Point page for pedestrian route from Conzelman Road lot)

The Vista Point parking lot at the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge can only be reached coming from the south.  Since the Bridge toll is only collected from cars traveling southbound, you will have to pay a toll to reach that northern lot, even if all you do is turn around and re-cross the Bridge.  If you’re going to San Francisco anyway it doesn’t matter — just stop to visit the Bridge on your way back north.  But if you come from Sausalito or points north and the Bridge is your final destination you want to try to park at the Conzelman Road Parking Lot.

 

B.  Conzelman Road: The Northern Parking Lot That’s Not on the Maps

Click here for our comprehensive page about the semi-undocumented location of the Conzelman Road Parking Lot.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Alexander Ave.

If you’re coming from the north and not planning to cross the Bridge into San Francisco this is the easiest lot to use, but it is small and often full at popular times on weekends and during the summer.

Many local maps have no label on the street that serves as the entrance to this lot, and have no label on the parking area. Google Maps (where much of the labeling is done by users) just calls it “Trailhead,” which is accurate since it also is in fact a trailhead. But local bike riding and hiking groups know all about this lot, and now you will, too!

 

C.  Fort Baker GGNRA Parking Lots

The good news: these lots are reasonably close to the north end of the Bridge and you can usually find a place to park here. The bad news: the lots are gravel and you have climb up the steep road to the top of the hill to reach Vista Point on the eastern side of the Bridge and the Conzelman Road Parking Lot on thw western side.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Bunker Road.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Bunker Road.

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Alexander Ave and East Road.

 

D.  Conzelman Road Golden Gate Bridge View Turnouts

Click here for our page about how to visit Battery Spencer, an historic fort located off one of the Conzelman Road turnoffs.

As the name suggests, these are not really parking lots but areas where Conzelman Road was reently widened to allow cars to turn out and park so people can see the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Skyline. These are not appropriate for leaving your car and walking down to the Bridge, but are perfect for once-in-a-lifetime photos.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Conzelman Road.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Conzelman Road.

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Conzelman Road.

 

E.  Fort Baker Pier GGNRA Parking Area

There are a few spaces near the pier that are a city block or two closer to the Bridge than the large Fort Baker lots.  The Pier itself offers spectacular views, but you still have climb the steep road up the hill to reach Vista Point on the eastern side of the Bridge and the Conzelman Road Parking Lot on thw western side.

Access from Highway 101 North: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Bunker Road.

Access from Highway 101 South: Yes, via Alexander Ave. and Bunker Road.

Access via City Streets: Yes, via Alexander Ave and East Road.