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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
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$48.00 per adult
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Family enjoyed
Great views of the bay and riding below both Golden ate & Bay Bridges, riding past Alcatraz and very informative tour.
Ray_U, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

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Golden Gate bridge and the bay bridge just the perfect boat ride
Maite_S, Aug 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
We were out celebrating my girlfriend from Texas that flew in and she want to spend her 50th birthday in San Francisco and of course we had to take a ride under the Golden Gate bridge and the bay bridge and just taking a look up close Alcatraz enjoy that there was drinks available and snacks on the boat ride or do you call it a ferry it was a great time loved every bit of it great weather also sunny and warm for San Francisco I can’t wait to do it again next time I visit San Francisco
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Bay Cruise
David_B, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Most of the fog lifted, so it was a great day! Boat was clean and neat. I would recommend this trip to others.
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In a boat
Ninoska_S, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
Excellent boat ride. We enjoyed a lot. The boarding was on time and without inconvenience. Restrooms very clean
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The team greets you while...
Lillady2244, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
The team greets you while boarding. You walk onto the boat with 3 levels of seating, it’s very clean!! Friendly staff, ready to serve! Just a wonderful experience, different views of the bay and a bit of history from the caption. It’s was foggy but all worth it. I would do this again and again! Thank you!!
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I love it
Angeles_M, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
I love this experience, excellent service I definitely recommend this trip to my friends and family, cruise was big, enough seats, clean. Everything was amazing 🤩
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Jessica_C, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise
Loved the tour! The boat was clean, spacious, and the audio narration was amazing! The views of the city and bridges were breathtaking!
star-5
Great cruise.
John_N, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
We loved the cruise. We saw everything we wanted to see and more. Clean ship great staff and excellent audio guide.
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We did a 90 min tour with...
Steven_A, Mar 2022
San Francisco Bay Adventure Boat Sightseeing
We did a 90 min tour with Captin Charles yesterday. Firstly he was lovely to meet, did a through safety briefing. We got on the boat and it didn't dissapoint. We had a fantastic trip he gave excellent commentary was enthusiastic and knowledgable .. We even sang happy birthday to one of the other passangers. Let us stop by the sea lions for us to look! Would 100% recommend this trip to really see the bridge and bay its it's best light. Thank you Captin Charles.
star-5
Great way to tour the bay.
Cylla_K, Aug 2022
1.5-hour San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour
Booked the tour the day before and it was very convenient. Right off Pier 39 and the group was about 15 people total. My children and I had an amazing time sailing around the bay & the crew were super nice and helpful. We had a great time and would certainly do it again. Very much worth the $$
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Amazing!
Janilet_G, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise
Such a great overall experience. Everything was clean and tidy! Highly recommend if you’re from out of town.
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Sailing San Fran!
Keri_M, Aug 2022
1.5-hour San Francisco Bay Sailing Tour
Sailing around in the Bay brought a whole other element to San Francisco we had never experienced before. It was a great adventure and highly recommend it for a spectacular way to experience the city. We even saw a dolphin!!!!
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We had a good time and...
Ankit_S, Jul 2022
Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
We had a good time and kids really enjoyed a cruise ride. Covered great views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding coasts. It’s clean and staff are friendly and very helpful.
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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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Trip ideas

An Exploratorium Exhibit Developer's Guide to San Francisco

An Exploratorium Exhibit Developer's Guide to San Francisco


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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