Sausalito Ferry Commuters Information
This article provides information for Sausalito ferry commuters and frequent travelers. See our Sausalito Ferry Guide for comprehensive information. You can also consult our easy-to-print Sausalito Ferry Schedule, which covers both services.
Golden Gate Ferry to the Ferry Building
If you ride the Golden Gate Ferry frequently you can buy a Clipper card that gives you significant discounts. You can put money into the card at any Golden Gate Ferry ticket machine, and it works on the Golden Gate Ferry service and Golden Gate Transit buses, as well as BART across the Bay Area and MUNI in San Francisco.
You can use the machines at the Ferry Building or those at the Sausalito Ferry Pier to “recharge” your Clipper card with your credit card or debit card. The Sausalito Ferry Company store at 688 Bridgeway (two doors south of Vina del Mar Park) also can sell you a new Clipper card or re-charge your old card. The store is also a fun place to visit — through the window it may look like a tourist shop, but it is actually a fabulous miniature toy store that has a big local fan base. The store is not owned by the Ferry and there is no affiliation other than their name and the fact they sell tickets.
Insiders Tip: Voyages from Sausalito to San Francisco in the summer in late afternoon may be packed with bicycle riders, and if you arrive late (especially on weekends) the boat can fill up and people are left standing on the pier waiting for the next ferry. Most often it is bike riders who end up waiting, but it can happen to walkers as well, and there are separate lines for people to line up with and without bikes. Arrive a little early if you need to take one of these late afternoon departures to ensure you make the boat.
Riders on this public ferry no longer receive free San Francisco Muni transfer passes.
The Golden Gate Ferry “End Run”
Insiders Tip: Sometimes you’ll arrive at the Sausalito pier and find that you can take a ferry to Pier 41 / Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf immediately, but might wait a while for a ferry to the Ferry Building.
One option is to take the boat to Fisherman’s Wharf, then take the San Francisco Muni “F Line” Train back to the Ferry Building (or vice versa). The train travels at a leisurely pace so you might not save that much time, but many of the rail cars are fun antiques from the US and Europe that are worth the price of travel all by themselves, some close to 100 years old. If you love classic rail cars or industrial design you just have to check out this link about the trains on the F Line.
Depending on the time of day, you might also be able to take a “short hop” San Francisco Bay Ferry that links Pier 41 with the Ferry Building.
Blue & Gold Fleet to Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 41)
This ferry between Sausalito and Pier 41 / Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf is run by a private company and is focused on Sausalito visitors rather than commuters, so there is no frequent user discount program.
Links to Public Transit in Sausalito and San Francisco
Both BART and Muni trains in San Francisco serve the Embarcadero Station, which is across the street from the Ferry Building. Many San Francisco Muni bus routes also stop at the Ferry Building or at Fisherman’s Wharf and the Pier 39 – Pier 41 area.
AMTRAK’s station in Oakland also has regular bus connecting servioce from the Ferry Building. This is especially useful for people who regularly have to visit Sacramento.
For connecting to bus service in Sausalito, a transit district map showing the Golden Gate Transit bus routes is here. The numbers in colored circles on the map indicate route numbers that connect to the ferry service.