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Bay Bridge

Highway 80 West, San Francisco

The basics

Since the bridge is a valuable thoroughfare—and because of its proximity to Downtown San Francisco—many city sightseeing tours, hop-on hop-off bus tours, and plane and helicopter tours provide perfect views of the Bay Bridge. You'll also get bridge views if you book a regional tour to nearby attractions, like Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, or Santa Barbara. Since most tours leave from San Francisco, some even cross the Bay Bridge.

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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
star-4.5
$48.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Worth every minute. Must do in San Francisco.
It is only tour of it's kind during the day that covers both the bridges and Alcatraz. Especially on board with one of it's kind Enhydra boat.
Kchitij_T, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Twilight Cruise with friends!!!
Lorna_S, Dec 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
It was raining and very cold but still beautiful going under the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. The lights from the city was beautiful to see!
star-5
Enjoyable ride! Great to add on itinerary.
Michelle_L, Dec 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Staff was very pleasant from the boarding dock and onto the boat. Very clean and neat. There are different levels and seating arrangements you can choose. Whether you want to be in doors or out, low or high to get a different view. Enjoyable ride as the speaker educate about the scenery.
star-5
This was an enjoyable...
preston_l, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
This was an enjoyable cruise. The sunset was nice. The crew was on time and friendly. The ship was clean and very pleasant.
star-4
Great Boat, Too Foggy
Pamela_N, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
Nice and clean boat, met a wonderful couple and their baby on board. Unfortunately it was TOO FOOGY to see the GG Bridge
star-5
Great afternoon on the bay
Susie_R, Aug 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
Boat was super quiet and environmentally friendly (electric)! Super clean. Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Enjoyed narration.
star-5
Tour
Ritesh_C, Jan 2023
Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Easy check in and cheaper to purchase ticket online rather than booth , boat left within time limits and it was a smooth ride along the bay
star-5
Worth every minute. Must do in San Francisco.
Kchitij_T, Jan 2023
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
It is only tour of it's kind during the day that covers both the bridges and Alcatraz. Especially on board with one of it's kind Enhydra boat.
star-5
Great Tour Friendly Staff
Tmpatterson66, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
It was super foggy when we got to the Golden Gate Bridge but we were able to see the entire Bay Bridge. The staff was friendly and overall a great experience. Will have to come back when it's not foggy
star-4
Ride was wonderful.. you...
suparna, Oct 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
Ride was wonderful.. you can’t get a better view of the city .. boat is also neat and clean..they played good music too..
star-5
Unforgettable
Timothy_H, Jan 2023
Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
The views from the cruise are breathtaking! The crew was very helpful and informative. This was the highlight of our trip. If you’re in the area you can’t miss this cruise!!
star-5
Superb experience
Norma_L, Sep 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
Awesome experience! It definitely exceeded my expectations. Luckily the day was clear no fog at all so we were able to take super beautiful pictures with the twilight Excellent service , clean boat and flawless trip. Kudos to red and white fleet. San Francisco Bay is windy so you better tie your Long hair and bring a jacket.
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Memorable Experience
Miriam_F, Nov 2022
America's Cup Day Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay
Captain Peter and the crew are welcoming and friendly. It's a lightening fast boat and the views are amazing.
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Things to know before you go

  • Bridge tolls are collected from westbound traffic; rates vary by time of day, and day of the week.
  • Walk, or ride a bike, over the east span of the bridge—between Oakland and Yerba Buena Island.
  • Urban hikes and city Segway tours that head to the Embarcadero typically offer bridge views.
  • For top value, just hop on a ferry to nearby Angel Island or Tiburon—you'll only spend a few bucks, and view the bridge from the water.
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How to get there

The Bay Bridge spans the San Francisco Bay, connecting Oakland to San Francisco. If you want to drive over the bridge, connect via I-80 (from points east) or the US-101 (from points north or south). Your best bet to avoid the drive and enjoy views of the bridge is by booking a Bay cruise or sailing tour. Many offer great inclusions, like onboard brunch or an evening wine tasting.

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When to get there

The best time to see the bridge is at night—a dramatic light array transforms the structure into an art installation, visible from the San Francisco waterfront. You can also visit during the day to enjoy views of the bridge and shoreline beyond. Plan to arrive between April and November for the best weather and fewer tourists. Regardless of when you arrive, bring a jacket—the waterfront tends to be windy.

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Visiting the Ferry Building

Just a short drive from the Bay Bridge is the Ferry Building, a San Francisco marketplace packed with vendors selling local products. Enjoy a coffee, taste regionally produced food products, and grab a snack—the market has several dining options. The Ferry Building hosts a farmers market three times a week, and Ferry Plaza—behind the building—offers unparalleled views of the Bay Bridge and shoreline in the distance.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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