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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

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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
Red and White Fleet , 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)

3:40 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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

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star-5
Golden Gate Bridge
Akash_J
, Jun 2022
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge and bay bridge from beneath. You realize how massive the structure is and how they designers and engineers could ever build something like this
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
It is amazing isn't it? Thank you for sailing with us!
star-5
Learning about both...
John_W
, Jun 2022
Learning about both bridges and the history of San Francisco and Oakland. The ride was awesome. The weather was beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for sailing with us!
star-5
Fantastic Cruise- Go On a Sunny Day!
David_Z
, Jun 2022
Fantastic cruise of the Bay, accompanied by an informative and interesting audio tour. The views of the SF skyline, the up-close vantage point of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the fly-by of Alcatraz Island were all incredible. But my favorite part had to be the up-close-and-personal view of all the kite surfers out on the bay. The hang time on their jumps was unbelievable. I will say that the weather really cooperated with us. Sunny and very little fog, so we had unobstructed views. If it had been foggier, it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for cruising with us. The kite surfers are very fun to watch!
star-5
This was a nice, relaxing...
Marc_J
, Jun 2022
This was a nice, relaxing and educational experience. It was a little foggy around Golden Gate, but that added a little mystique to the cruise.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We agree the fog adds a whole other experience out on the Bay. We are glad you enjoyed sailing with us.
star-5
Bridge to Bridge
Wanda_M
, Jun 2022
This cruise is great for first time visitors. Good story telling of history. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you!
star-5
Awesome cruise. Fantastic drinks. Amazing
S_R
, Jun 2022
The cruise was a Lotta fun. We had a great time. Very scenic and it was a fun ride. Definitely recommend this cruise. It covers both Golden gate bridge and the Oakland Bay Bridge.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for cruising with us! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing both bridges.
star-2
You can’t hear anything
Alan_B
, May 2022
Photo opportunities are great but as far as hearing the information it’s very poor! It’s a lot of money to then not hear the audio guide.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Our apologies that you were unable to hear the audio properly. I will share this information with our operations team.
star-4
The trip itself was fun....
Maureen_B
, May 2022
The trip itself was fun. There was a sewer stink however that lasted 80 %of the time and filled the inside of the boat , causing us to stay on the outside seating. The audio was also an unpleasant voice; too high pitched.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for your feedback. This is usually not a problem on our vessels. I have made sure that our Ops team is aware of this issue. Thanks again for letting us know.
star-5
Bridge to bridge
Martha_Q
, May 2022
It was a wonderful trip. I'd do it again if I ever come back. My husband and enjoyed this cruise very much
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you very much! We look forward to welcoming you back!
star-5
Bridge to bridge cruise
Michael_D
, May 2022
Great experience the boat didn't rock at all which was amazing! Definitely bring a sweatshirt or jacket because it does get chilly out on the bay! And you can get drinks, adult and non adult
star-5
Best Views of the Bay
Cameron_S
, May 2022
My boyfriend had never been to San Francisco so we did a weekend trip together and both wanted to do the boat tour. It was fantastic. Amazing views, good historical background to things we were seeing and friendly staff. The ship was clean too. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to see the Bay from a new angle!
star-5
Great views, comfortable...
Aurian_G
, Apr 2022
Great views, comfortable accommodations with food and drinks aboard. Boarding process was seamless with digital tickets
star-5
Fun Time for Sure!
Michele_C
, Apr 2022
It was so much fun! The weather was perfect! Even my teens that regularly bicker with each other had a blast! Definitely something we would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We are so glad everyone had a bicker free time! Come back again!
star-5
Fabulous Yosemite
Mandla_H
, Apr 2022
Great guide with in depth knowledge of local history and the park . The hours just flew by so quickly
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Opps! I don't think this review was meant for us as we offer experiences out on San Francisco Bay! But we are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Yosemite. It is beautiful there!
star-5
Family fun on a rainy day.
Anonymous
, Apr 2022
Very friendly staff and the earphones that translates the tour into Spanish were very helpful for my family from Mexico. The views of the bridge were awesome. I was worried when I saw it start to rain but it was fine. Plenty of space to sit inside and still enjoy the great view. I look forward to taking more family in the future.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you very much for cruising with us. We are glad your family enjoyed the narration.
star-4
Fun time for a few....hours
Gail_L
, Apr 2022
Interesting facts about San Francisco. Toured the harbor.great photo ops. Stay close to the speakers so you can hear.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
star-5
Great experience
James_S
, Mar 2022
Great ride on the cruise. Able to see amazing views of SF and the Golden Gate. Would definitely do it again.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back next time!
star-5
What a great experience!...
Keith_H
, Mar 2022
What a great experience! Very clean, comfortable, and good prices on beverages. Highly recommended for the views +
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for the 5-star review and the great recommendation! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us.
star-5
Great views of San Francisco
Jacquolyn_N
, Jan 2022
Perfect weather. Beautiful scenery. Wonderful experience. Really nice crew. Good narrative. Great experience going under the bridges.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very much for the 5 stars! We are glad to hear that you had an enjoyable cruise with us.
star-5
Fun and beautiful!
Marie_G
, Jan 2022
Great experience! The staff is super friendly. The pier is easy to find. The trip on the bay was very scenic. We had fun and learned a few things along the way. It is very well timed. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear you had such an enjoyable experience.

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