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Golden Gate Ferry

Golden Gate Ferry is one of three transportation systems owned and operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The other two are the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Transit bus service. Golden Gate Ferry connects San Francisco to Marin County, California. Funding for the ferry service is composed primarily of passenger fares and bridge toll subsidies.

Routes and schedules

Service area

Golden Gate Ferry serves Larkspur and Sausalito in Marin County and San Francisco.[1]


Golden Gate Ferry operates regular passenger ferry service from Larkspur and Sausalito to the San Francisco Ferry Building. It also operates limited service from Larkspur to AT&T Park, including for all San Francisco Giants baseball home games. Supplemental service is provided for special events, such as the annual Bay to Breakers footrace.[1]


Note: Schedule information listed below is current as of 1 October 2012.[2]

Origin Weekdays to San Francisco Weekdays from San Francisco Weekends/holidays to San Francisco Weekends/holidays from San Francisco
Number of trips Depart first ferry Depart last ferry Number of trips Depart first ferry Depart last ferry Number of trips Depart first ferry Depart last ferry Number of trips Depart first ferry Depart last ferry
Larkspur 18 5:50am 8:50pm 19 6:25am 9:35pm 4 9:40am 4:30pm 4 12:40pm 7:30pm
Sausalito 9 7:10am 7:20pm 9 7:40am 7:55pm 6 11:20am 6:50pm 6 10:40am 6:10pm

On weekdays mornings, one trip each on Golden Gate Transit Routes 24 and 97 provide supplemental service before the first ferry departure from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal to the San Francisco Financial District.

Holidays include Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. No service operates on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. An expanded holiday schedule operates on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Day after Thanksgiving for the Larkspur – San Francisco Ferry Building route.[2]

Transfer connections

The Larkspur Ferry Terminal is served by Golden Gate Transit Route 29. Route 29 picks up on Sir Francis Drake Blvd., not inside the terminal. Route 29 does not operate on Sundays or holidays.

The Sausalito Ferry Terminal is served by Golden Gate Transit Routes 2, 4, 10, 22, 70, 80, and 92 and Marin Transit Routes 61 and 66. There is no bus service inside the terminal; most routes pick up on Bridgeway, and Routes 22, 61, and 66 pick up on Bay Street. Not all trips on all routes serve the terminal area.

The San Francisco Ferry Building is served by numerous Muni bus and streetcar lines, Amtrak and SolTrans bus lines, and WETA ferries.

Fares and transfers


Golden Gate Ferry charges different fares, depending on route traveled and method of payment.[3] Fares are effective July 1, 2014.

Fare category Line Single ride fare Clipper card fare
Adult Larkspur – Ferry Building $10.00 $6.50
Sausalito – Ferry Building $10.75 $5.50
Larkspur – AT&T Park $11.50
Youth (6 through 18), Senior (65 and over), Disabled (Handicapped/disabled access), or Medicare Larkspur – Ferry Building $5.00
Sausalito – Ferry Building $5.25
Larkspur – AT&T Park $11.50
Children 5 years old and younger (limit 2 per full-fare adult) All ferry routes Free

Transfers to/from Golden Gate Transit

Transfers from Golden Gate Ferry to Golden Gate Transit are available only with use of the Clipper card. Transfers from Golden Gate Transit to Golden Gate Ferry are available with cash or use of the Clipper card.

From ferry to bus: Transfers are valid for 4 hours for inter-county travel. Transfers may be used up to 3 times to complete a one-way journey.

From bus to ferry: Same as when transferring from ferry to bus. In addition, passengers can deposit the full ferry fare into the farebox when boarding the bus, and the bus operator will issue a Transbay transfer.

Transfers to/from Muni

Free transfers to and from San Francisco Muni are no longer available. Instead, passengers using a Clipper card have the following transfer opportunities:

From ferry to Muni: Adult Clipper customers transferring from GGF to Muni receive a $0.50 credit on their Muni Clipper fare (e-cash only); youth, senior, and disabled Clipper customers are not covered by the transfer credit. Single ride-paying customers do not receive any transfer discount or credit towards travel on Muni.

From Muni to ferry: Clipper customers transferring from Muni to GGF receive a $0.50 ($0.25 youth/senior/disabled) credit on their GGF Clipper fare. Cash-paying customers do not receive any transfer discount or credit towards travel on Golden Gate Ferry.


The M.S. Sonoma crosses San Francisco Bay.

The first vessel to provide Ferry Service was the M/V Golden Gate.[4] Before she was retired in 2004, she made 42,108 round trips between Sausalito and San Francisco, carried 21 million passengers and steamed nearly 1.3 million nautical miles (2,400,000 km; 1,500,000 mi), the equivalent of about 45 times around the world[5]

Golden Gate Ferry has four catamarans and three Nickum & Spaulding monohull vessels in service today.[6]

The Spauldings are named M.S. Marin, M.S. San Francisco, and M.S. Sonoma. They can carry 715 passengers each. They were purchased from Philip F. Spaulding & Associates in San Diego in 1976–1977. Originally powered by gas turbine water jets, they were converted to diesel engine propeller drives in 1983–1985. More efficient diesel engines were installed in 2001—2002.[7]

The catamarans are M.V. Del Norte (purchased 1998, 390 passengers), M.V. Golden Gate (purchased 2009, 450 passengers), M.V. Mendocino (purchased 2001, 450 passengers), and M.V. Napa (purchased 2009, 400 passengers).

All ferries are wheelchair accessible (Handicapped/disabled access) and can carry a limited number of bicycles. All ferries have on-board refreshments, including a full bar with mixed drinks.

The M.S. Marin underwent a full refurbishment in November 2006, including all new seating, paint, deck covering and carpeting, ceilings and wall paneling, lighting, PA system, restrooms, refreshment stand, security cameras, windows, bicycle racks (accommodating at least 70 bicycles), generator and electrical systems, and modern wheelchair lift. It re-entered service in July 2007.[8]

Golden Gate Ferry purchased two catamarans from Washington State Ferries in January 2009. The M.V. Snohomish was renamed M.V. Napa and entered service in May 2009. The M.V. Chinook was renamed M.V. Golden Gate, underwent refurbishing, and entered service in May 2011. The M.V. Napa underwent refurbishment starting in late 2009.[9]

See also

Golden Gate Ferry links with the following transit agencies in San Francisco and Marin County:


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External links

  • Official website
  • Golden Gate Bridge District
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