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San Francisco Bay Cruise

On this San Francisco city tour, you’ll have a comfortable front row seat to some of the Bay’s popular attractions. From Pier 39, sail past the famous California Sea Lions, San Francisco’s historic waterfront and skyline, then under the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll enjoy views of Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, and famous Alcatraz Island on this fully-narrated 60-minute cruise.

Admission fee to the San Francisco Bay cruise
Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge
Views of Sausalito, Tiburon and Angel Island
Multi-language audio tour in nine languages
Daily departures (except December 25th)
Wi-Fi enabled device
Meals or beverages

San Francisco Bay Cruise has various departures, so there is always a cruise convenient to your sightseeing schedule. The San Francisco Bay Cruise tour takes about an hour navigating the waters of the San Francisco Bay. Departing from the Pier, you’ll start your bay cruise from the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, sailing past Aquatic Park, where swimmers brave the cold ocean water, and Hyde Street Pier, home to historic vessels. Cruising west, towards the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll take in Fort Mason and the Marina district. Further west are former army installations, Crissy Field, a historic army airfield now turned grassy promenade, and the Presidio, offering forests, trails, views, and architecture.

The highlight of your vacation just may be sailing directly underneath the 4200 foot span of the 746 foot tall Golden Gate Bridge. As you head back, you’ll cruise past the breathtaking wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and quaint town of Sausalito. The San Francisco Bay Cruise travels between Angel Island (on your left) and the infamous Alcatraz Island, former home to America’s most notorious criminals. On your way back to the dock, you’ll see the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower perched on top of Telegraph Hill.

A full bar with drinks, snacks, and merchandise are also available. This San Francisco Bay Cruise is an ideal way to enjoy spectacular views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge! No San Francisco vacation is complete without a cruise on the bay.

Various Departures

Winter (Nov 1- May 1):


Spring (May 2 - June 5):


Summer (June 6 -Sept 11):


Fall (Sep 12 - Oct 30):


Various Departures*

Please see the schedule for details.

Duration: 1 Hour

San Francisco Bay Cruise Tours operate daily and the ferryboat leaves from the Pier 41 starting at 10:45am every morning. San Francisco Bay Cruise tours take about an hour around the bay area. Sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and the famous Alcatraz Island. You might also see frequent wildlife including seagulls, pelicans, and sea lions!

A free multi-language audio tour is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, German and Taiwanese. Please bring your Wi-Fi enabled device to access the tour. No reservations required. First come, first-served basis.  Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired departure time.

Important Information
How do I book or make a reservation?

You can book online to receive an online discount, or call our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700. We require a valid credit card to hold all phone & internet reservations. Alternatively, you can book a tour with us in person at our office location, provided our office is open.

How do I pay for my tour?

If you are reserving your tour online, your credit card will be charged within 24 hours. We require a valid credit card to hold all phone & internet reservations. Alternatively, you can pay us in person at our office location for any tour, provided our office is open. You can also choose to pay in cash to your driver by calling the office directly and providing a valid debit or credit card number.

What types of payments do you accept?

Credit Cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. We also accept debit cards with symbols of these card companies. Please note that “pre-paid” cards and “travel” cards often are not accepted by our system and it is possible we may ask you to provide an alternate payment method if the initial payment does not go through.

Cash: You can pay cash at our office location for any tour. You can also choose to pay in cash to your driver by calling the office directly and providing a valid debit or credit card number. Please state to your reservation agent that you would not like your card to be charged and that you would like to pay your Expedition Leader in cash on the day of your tour.

Apologies, but we do not provide a travel or personal check payment option, nor can you choose to pay with cash for any online reservations.

Will I get a discount if I book a second tour?

For certain tours, you can get up to a $9 discount off your second tour. The $9 discount can be applied to Extranomical-operated tours only. Instructions to redeem this offer online can be found during your check out process in the booking form on page 3, but you can also receive this discount by calling our office directly. The discount must be redeemed at the time of reservation and cannot be applied after you have made the booking.

Are there any advantages by booking my tour online?

You will get an automatic discount on your first tour when you book online at!

Can I combine two or more discount codes?

At this time only one discount code can be accepted per reservation. You must choose which one you would like to apply upon making your booking. There is a space for the discount code or “tracking code” on the final page of the booking form.

I’ve already made a reservation but forgot to add the discount code. Can you refund me the discount?

Unfortunately, any discount code you would like to use must be applied at the time of your booking. The code must be redeemed at the time of reservation and cannot be applied after you have made the booking.

Can I cancel or change my reservation?

Full refunds will be given for cancellations to any 1-day and half-day tour reservations made more than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time. Any cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will not be entitled to any refunds.

Tours with hotel packages and other third-party attractions tickets (ie. Monterey aquarium tickets) cancelled or changed with more than 10 days notice prior to departure, will incur a $35.00 fee or a fee of 10% of the package cost, whichever is greater.

Cancellations of any Tour package or 3rd party attraction ticket with less than 10 days notice will not be entitled to any refunds. Airport shuttles, Bay Cruises and Alcatraz tickets are nonrefundable.

Where do I pick up the tickets for my tour?

You do not need to have a physical voucher to board Extranomical-operated tours. Please follow the instructions on your confirmation for any 3rd-party-operated tours such as Bay City Bikes, Blue & Gold Fleet, Airport Express, et al. If you have purchased the Ferry Bay Cruise tickets, your Expedition Leader will give these to you upon boarding your tour.

Please note that Alcatraz Cruises will require that each adult boarding the boat to Alcatraz bring their photo ID or passport for identity verification.

How long is this cruise?

San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure is a 60-minute cruise.

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