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

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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 11 more

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.
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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

Departure Point

Pier 43, 5, 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)

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Ferry Building Marketplace
Sail passed the Ferry Building.
Pass By:  
Golden Gate Bridge
Sail under and around the Golden Gate Bridge.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
Cruise the Bay for 60 minutes on this spectacular cruise!
Pass By:  
Transamerica Pyramid
See this iconic building from the San Francisco Bay.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Sail under the Bay Bridge from the San Francisco Bay!
Pass By:  
Treasure Island
See Treasure Island from the Bay!
Pass By:  
Red and White Fleet
Begin and complete your journey here!
  • 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
  • The main decks of all vessels are fully wheelchair accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red and White Fleet
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise.

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  • "It was very windy so bring a jacket or sweatshirt." See review
  • "It was super cold so make sure to wear warm clothes." See review

Reviews

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337 Reviews

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star-5
Great Cruise, Highly recommend!
AnnaLizette_H
, Nov 2021
We had a really great time on the cruise. The staff was accommodating when we had to switch the time and the process was very easy. It was a smooth ride and the boat was very clean! Bathrooms were very clean!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you! I will share your kind words with our crew.
star-5
Worth it. Book it!
David_P
, Oct 2021
It was fun ! Family enjoyed it. Dress warm. It gets cold and windy going under both bridges. All in all it was a good experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Glad to hear you enjoyed the cruise.
star-3
Watching the Fleet Week...
Francine_H
, Oct 2021
Watching the Fleet Week air show from the water. My only criticism of the trip was being unable to hear the narrative over the roar of the boat engines. All passengers should have been given headsets with the narrative. I’m sure it must have been interesting factoids being broadcast over the loudspeaker.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you very much for your feedback. This kind of information helps us to improve our cruises. I have passed on your comments to our operations team. Thank you again.
star-5
Great time
Jason_H
, Oct 2021
It's chilly and breezy on the water. Dress accordingly. Great views of the GG Bridge and the Bay Bridge as well as downtown.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
It does get chilly in SF. Always, smart to wear layers! Glad you enjoyed the cruise.
star-5
Great trip! Beautiful views
Cindy_H
, Oct 2021
Wonderful time cruising between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge! We saw both sides of both.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for cruising with us!
star-5
Very awesome experience....
Jordan_B
, Oct 2021
Very awesome experience. Would absolutely do this every time I come to San Fran. Total must for anyone coming to the bay
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
We are thrilled you enjoyed the cruise as much as we do! Come back soon!
star-3
I had a good time on the...
Rachana_A
, Sep 2021
I had a good time on the trip. Booking and confirmation were a bit of a hassle. I had confirmation of x number of guest which was modified about a week in advance however there was no record found in the system of it. Although I had the text and tickets version of it via email. Tooka. long time for ppl at the reception to figure it out. Other than that the team is friendly, the experience is good, a cafe on the cruise is good.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Sorry to hear there was a bit of a hiccup at the box office but glad to know that our staff was able to take care of it for you.
star-5
Amazing experience for reasonable price 👏👌
Tesfaye_D
, Sep 2021
The cruise 🛳 is absolutely amazing 💯, They cattails and snacks with the same price $$regular place.You can get a bottle of Wine anywhere from $10 per bottle 🥂🍾 to $35 or you can get the glasse 🍷with quite reasonable price.And of course the show the beautiful site seen of views of the City of San Francisco, the Treasure Island 🏝, both Golden Gate Bridge 🌉and Bay Bridge, of the Alcatraz. And of course we've experienced the beautiful wave of the Pacific Ocean.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you for cruising the SF Bay with us!
star-4
Birthday cruise 9/2021
Arlisha_F
, Sep 2021
Definitely enjoyed the cruise. Coming from Dallas, TX, it was a great experience. My guests enjoyed themselves as well.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Happy birthday! Thank you for spending your day with us!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful Time Spent
Janet_T
, Sep 2021
When I booked the tour online, my special request was was noted. The staff went far beyond expectations. The tour with audio was most informative, to see the city from the bay, spectacular, and the time spent memorable. I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thank you! We are glad you enjoyed our tour of the Bay.

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