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Book your tickets now for an adventure that combines breathtaking views and rich cultural experiences!

Operating since 1939, there is no better way to experience San Francisco's historic landmarks and skyline than a relaxing Bay Cruise. This hour long sightseeing voyage will take you past Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge. En route, discover San Francisco's history and world famous landmarks through personal headphone audio in 16 languages.

Our guide to Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise

Embark on an unforgettable voyage departing from the heart of historic Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 43 1/2 with this San Francisco Bay Cruise. Marvel at the city's breathtaking skyline and the vibrant charm of North Beach as you sail alongside iconic landmarks such as the renowned swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, and the delightful Ghirardelli Square.

As you head west towards the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge, soak in panoramic views of Fort Mason and the Marina District, marked by the historic scars of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Admire the beauty of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio, former Army installations seamlessly integrated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Capture the perfect shot beneath the towering 4,200-foot long, 746-foot-high span of the Golden Gate Bridge for an Instagram-worthy moment.

Turning back toward the city, your cruise takes you past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, a haven for the Flower Generation in the late 1960s. With Angel Island State Park to your left, indulge in a leisurely cruise, immersing yourself in the natural beauty and captivating history of the San Francisco Bay.

The cruise vessels have open-air upper decks and the enclosed lower decks have wide windows ensuring everyone on the boat has great views and picture-taking opportunities.

Digital audio commentary is available in several languages and there is a full bar and snack bar onboard.


Several daily departures, 365 days a year. This cruise departs from Pier 43 1/2, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf


Duration: 60 minutes

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise tickets

  • No reservations are necessary. Simply turn up at the departure point with your ticket voucher at least 30 minutes before your chosen cruise time.
  • Full Cocktail bar and snack bar available onboard. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
  • Schedule is subject to change without notice. Please check the times locally. 
  • Cruises operate rain and shine.
  • All ships are handicap accessible.
  • Children aged 4 and under receive complimentary admission to Red and White cruises but need to be ticketed for capacity control.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings canceled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.


    Frequently Asked Questions for Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise

    General Information

    • What is the Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise?

      The Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise is a captivating boat tour that takes you on a scenic journey around San Francisco Bay, offering breath-taking views of iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the city skyline.

    • Will I see the Golden Gate Bridge up close?

      Absolutely! The cruise takes you close to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, allowing you to capture stunning photos and appreciate the bridge's grandeur from the water.

    • Do I need to make a reservation in advance?

      While it's recommended to book your tickets in advance, you can also purchase them on-site, subject to availability. Booking ahead ensures you secure your preferred time slot.

    • Is the cruise cancelled in bad weather?

      Cruises are typically not cancelled due to light rain, but it's best to check with the cruise operator in case of extreme weather conditions.

    Facilities & Amenities

    • Are there restrooms on the cruise?

      Yes, most cruise boats are equipped with restroom facilities for your convenience.

    Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise Reviews

    Average 4.9 out of 5

    8 Reviews

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    • 5 stars:

      Great experience and value for money.

      David Richards reviewed Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise 25 Nov, 2019

    • 5 stars:

      Very informative cruise, with great views

      Alan Runnalls reviewed Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise 22 Apr, 2017

    • 4 stars:

      Nice view of bridge

      Trusted Customer reviewed Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise 14 Jan, 2017

    • 5 stars:

      Good cruise

      Trusted Customer reviewed Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise 17 Oct, 2016

    • 5 stars:

      Trusted Customer reviewed Golden Gate Bay Sightseeing Cruise 17 Aug, 2016

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