Boat and Ferry Travel
For sheer romance, nothing beats the ferry; there's service from San Francisco to Sausalito, Tiburon, and Larkspur in Marin County, and to Alameda and Oakland in the East Bay.
The Golden Gate Ferry crosses the bay to Larkspur and Sausalito from San Francisco's Ferry Building (Market St. and the Embarcadero). Blue & Gold Fleet ferries depart daily for Sausalito and Tiburon from Pier 41 at Fisherman's Wharf; weekday commuter ferries leave from the Ferry Building for Tiburon. The trip to either Sausalito or Tiburon takes from 25 minutes to an hour. Purchase tickets from terminal vending machines.
The Angel Island–Tiburon Ferry sails to the island daily from April through October and on weekends the rest of the year.
The San Francisco Bay Ferry runs several times daily between San Francisco's Ferry Building or Pier 41 and Oakland's Jack London Square by way of Alameda. The trip lasts from 25 to 45 minutes, and leads to Oakland's waterfront shopping and restaurant district. Purchase tickets on board.
Boat and Ferry Lines
Angel Island–Tiburon Ferry. 415/435–2131; www.angelislandferry.com.
Blue & Gold Fleet. 415/705–8200; www.blueandgoldfleet.com.
Golden Gate Ferry. 415/921–5858; www.goldengateferry.org.
San Francisco Bay Ferry. 707/643–3779; 877/643–3779; sanfranciscobayferry.com.