Visit Sausalito by Ferry
One of the best ways to travel to Sausalito is to take the ferry. There are two options available, both of which run throughout the day at regular intervals.
Blue & Gold Fleet
This ferry service runs from Pier 41 in San Francisco, which is close to the iconic PIER 39. The ferry schedule differs by season and on weekends and holidays. There is no ferry service on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Check the website for special seasonal cruises on major holidays.
The ferry drops you at Sausalito's Gabrielson Park terminal, which is in the heart of downtown Sausalito. This area is full of restaurants and art galleries. It can become crowded during the summer season, but there's no bad time to visit this charming waterfront town.
The ferry ride will take about 30 minutes from San Francisco. You can book your tickets in advance online. You can also buy tickets at the Blue & Gold Fleet Box Office at PIER 39 or on the Blue & Gold Fleet app. A one-way fare is $14.25 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, and $8.50 for children (ages 5-11). The ferry is free for children below 5 years of age.
Golden Gate Ferry
Golden Gate Ferry runs from The Ferry Building in San Francisco, which is located on the Embarcadero. Like the Blue & Gold Fleet, ferry schedules for Golden Gate Ferry differ by season and on weekends and holidays.
Golden Gate Ferry's drop-off is also at Sausalito's Gabrielson Park terminal at Humboldt and Anchor streets.
The average travel time from San Francisco to Sausalito aboard the Golden Gate Ferry is about 30 minutes.
You can buy tickets from vending machines located at Golden Gate Ferry terminals. You can also buy tickets in advance, with a maximum validity of 90 minutes, or using the Clipper app (one Clipper card per person). A one-way ferry fare aboard the Golden Gate fleet is $14 for adults, $7.50 for Adult Clipper, $7 for seniors, and $7 for youth (ages 5-18). The ferry is free for children ages 4 and under.