The Sausalito Ferry Pier
The Sausalito Ferry pier is located in the heart of Downtown Sausalito. There is no ferry building in Sausalito, just the pier shown on the left. It’s called the “Ferry Terminal” on maps and guides, even though there is no building. There’s also no cover in the waiting area on the pier on a warm summer day, or on a rainy winter afternoon, so plan ahead to bring an umbrella, sunscreen etc.
Passengers who are bringing bikes line up in one line, and those who do not have bikes line up in the other, as shown in the photo below. If you don’t have a bike be sure you don’t stand in the bike line, as this will slow you down.
On all but the warmest days (and even in late summer afternoons) the wind off the Bay can be chilly when you’re waiting on the pier in the late afternoon, yet another reason to always have a sweater or a windbreaker. In the video above you’ll see the Golden Gate Ferry come in, then the Blue and Gold Ferry moored on the right side of the pier.
Insiders Tip: Look for the Sally Stanford Memorial Fountain for people and dogs where the pier meets the parking lot. It honors Sausalito’s famous (and infamous) former Mayor.
Parking Your Car Near the Sausalito Ferry Pier
Insiders Tip: El Portal St. in Sausalito is shown on most maps as having an intersection with Tracy Way next to the Ferry pier. From March through October Tracy Way is closed and turned into a bike parking area, which makes El Portal a dead-end cul-de-sac. During these months cars can no longer reach parking spots via El Portal. Use Anchor St. to reach the closest parking lots.
Bike Parking in Sausalito
During the busiest (non-winter) months Sausalito closes Tracy Way, a 1-block-long street near the Sausalito Ferry Pier and parking lot, and turns it into a large bike parking lot where you pay to leave your bike locked up in a secure area for $3.00 per bicycle. If you’re planning to stop in Downtown Sausalito or the Bridgeway Promenade this is the best place to park and lock your bike, and it’s only a few blocks from here to Caledonia St. The remainder of the year there are many bike racks scattered in the downtown area near the Ferry.
From March through October the city has Bike Ambassadors downtown who will give visitors advice and help finding the right restaurants and shops, as well as guiding them to bike parking. The bike parking fees cover the cost of this program.