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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
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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)

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 super cold so make sure to wear warm clothes." See review

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star-5
Gate to Gate
Peg_R
, Aug 2022
Great ride around the bay with spectacular views! Would do again and highly recommend. Great value!!
star-5
Golden Gate bridge and the bay bridge just the perfect boat ride
Maite_S
, Aug 2022
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
star-5
Great boat Cruise
Mike_J
, Jul 2022
Excellent experience. We have been to San Francisco's wharp area three times from the east coast. This cruise was fantastic
star-5
Great cruise
Debbie_C
, Jul 2022
Wonderful narration! Gave all the information we needed...crew was helpful and gave us lots of attention...we highly recommend!
star-5
In a boat
Ninoska_S
, Jul 2022
Excellent boat ride. We enjoyed a lot. The boarding was on time and without inconvenience. Restrooms very clean
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you very much! We take pride in the cleanliness of our vessels. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us.
star-1
Bad experience
Pamela_M
, Jul 2022
We got on the hop on hop off bus at 12:30 & because of traffic we did not get back in time to take this paid for cruise. We asked if we could reschedule & were rudely told no.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
That is very odd because we typically just accommodate you on the very next cruise. Can you please email me at sales@redandwhite.com and I will take a look at your reservation.
star-5
Great Bridge-to-Bridge Tour! Highly Recommend!
Jennifer_M
, Jul 2022
Just cruising along SF, under both bridges and a close up to Alcatraz was just great! I liked being able to go anywhere on the boat, inside & out. It was chilly so I had to go inside a few minutes to warm up.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for the nice review! We are glad to hear that you had an enjoyable cruise.
star-5
Just do it!
Jorge_D
, Jul 2022
Awesome tour overall. Narrator is great, very interesting information. Just remember, it's SF.....it will get cold, bring a hooded sweater/jacket. Maybe add cupholders around seats, little difficult to hold drink and take pics while keeping your balance. 😄
star-5
Excellent Tour!
Jessica_C
, Jul 2022
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
San Fran trip
Mose_M
, Jul 2022
Spending time on the water by the two bridges. It was a great experience, and will definitely do it again.
star-5
Birthday celebration
Tonya_H
, Jul 2022
Was celebrating a birthday and decided on the Bay 2 Bay cruise. It was a great day and the perfect gift for a person that does. not like a lot of fuss. Will definitely be doing more cruises.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Interesting tour!
Tiffany_J
, Jun 2022
Love hearing the history of the bay! The boat ride was extensive enough to be enjoyable but not too long to get bored. Tour worth booking.
star-4
Great tour
Dave_G
, Jun 2022
We had a great time on the bridge to bridge tour. The guides were really friendly and helpful. They gave us information about the City above and beyond the tour.
star-5
In the Bay!!
Cherrelle_R
, Jun 2022
The views were absolutely amazing, and all of the information that was given was great!! Definitely worth it to go on the tour!
star-5
Welcome and safe
Mike_N
, Jun 2022
Our 11 yr old was apprehensive about being on the big boat but by the trip ended he was up on the top deck enjoying the views and the water. Thanks for helping us feel welcome and safe
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!

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