Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge and Ferry Back

This is a post on how to ride your bike over the Golden Gate Bridge and to take the ferry back to downtown San Francisco. 

 


OVERVIEW AND ROUTE MAP

Riding your bike over the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the best ways to experience this world-famous bridge and world-class views! 

If you don’t have your own bike, there are many places where you can rent bikes at very affordable prices. Most offer free, self-guided tours to enhance your ride.

And if you are considering purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass, then know that most offer free bike rentals.

These passes can save you up to 50% ticket prices by bundling popular attractions together into one discounted pass.

 

 
There are also many organized tours that will guide you across the bridge and point out things along the tour that you might miss on your own.

You can complete this entire trip in under 4 hours. However, the total time depends entirely on how you want to experience the trip. 

We recommend taking your time when making this trip across the Bay.

When you get across the bridge to Sausalito, you will quickly realize that it is a gorgeous little town full of small shops, restaurants, and parks with great bay views to enjoy. 

When you are finished in Sausalito, you can simply hop on the ferry and come right back to San Francisco and relax back at your hotel!


MAP AND ROUTE

This is not a detailed route.

Our Golden Gate Bridge self-guided tour

 

Bike Route Across the Golden Gate Bridge

Click on the map to expand it.

A (green pin): Start out at Fishermen’s Wharf and ride along the water towards the bridge. The first part of this ride will be uphill, but in the second half of the ride, you get to really ease back going downhill.

You also get some great views of the Golden Gate Bridge in this direction.

 

Golden Gate Bus Tour San Francisco

 

B: When entering the Golden Gate Bridge, you will probably have to get off the bike, as there the area will be crowded with pedestrians. 

We recommend using our self-guided tour of the Golden Gate Bridge.

On the bridge, bikers share the sidewalk with pedestrians and there are sidewalk hours for the east or west side to ease the traffic.  You don’t have to remember the times, just follow the signs.

 

Check out this 15 min GoPro video from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito.

 

Once you are on the bridge, you will realize that you are actually riding up a slight hill. In combination with the wind, the ride can be a bit tiring.

But don’t get discouraged, just take a couple of breaks and take some great pictures or enjoy the spectacular view of the Bay.

C: Once you made it across the Golden Gate Bridge, there is a viewing point called North Vista Point.

 

North Vista Point Golden Gate Bridge

 

Enjoy the view and slap yourself on the shoulder: You just biked the Golden Gate Bridge!

D: From North Vista Point, take the curvy road down the hill. You will ride down Alexander Ave and share the street with vehicle traffic. It is a relatively easy ride, as it is mainly downhill.

Once you get closer to the water, you will be going in the right direction towards Sausalito. From there, you can easily take the ferry right back to Fisherman’s Wharf.

But we definitely recommend spending some time in Sausalito first! 

E: Make sure you know the ferry times in advance. For ticket prices, click here.

And when you’re ready to go, enjoy the ferry ride and the great views of the San Francisco skyline, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

You will also pass Alcatraz on your cruise but you won’t stop there. (For more info on Alcatraz read our blog post on Alcatraz.)

 


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BIKE RENTALS FOR GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

San Francisco is a very bike-friendly city, so there are plenty of places where you can get a good bike rental for a great price.

Here is a list of places you can visit, along with the locations.
 

 


Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Though they run several bike tours around San Francisco, Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours also offer bike rentals for those interested in exploring the city on their own.

You can choose between a regular bicycle rental or an electric bike rental. Though the latter is significantly more expensive than the former, an electric bike can often be preferable when roaming around the Bay Area’s famous hills. 

SF Independent Bike Tour and Rental

  • $32/adult | $20/child

SF Independent Bike Tour and Rental with Ferry Ticket from Sausalito

  • $44/adult | $27/child

Electric Bike Rental

  • From $65 per person 

Reviews of Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours 

Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours are generally very well rated on TripAdvisor and Get Your Guide (read the reviews here). 

 


Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals

TIP: This rental is available for free with the San Francisco Go Card.

San Francisco Bike Rental

  • $36/adult | $20/child for 24 hours

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Rental with Sausalito Ferry Ticket

  • $55/adult | $35/child

A majority of the reviews for Blazing Saddles are overwhelmingly positive, earning the company a 4 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. 

San Francisco Bicycle Rentals

Cost: $32 for 24 hours, but $25.60 if booked online!
Lcoation: Multiple, but most convenient is 425 Jefferson Street.

Bike and View
Cost: $22.40 for 24 hours
Location: 1772 Lombard Street

City Ride Rentals
Cost: $32 for 24 hours, but $25.60 if booked online!
Location: 370B Linden Street.

ParkWide Rentals
Cost: $36 for 24 hours, but $28.80 if booked online!
Location: Multiple, but most convenient is 2 Marina Blvd.

 


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GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE BIKE TOURS

Sometimes walking around San Francisco can be a bit impractical, and it can also be physically demanding for some visitors.

If you want to travel across the Golden Gate Bridge without using a car or bus, bike tours are one of the most exciting and interesting alternatives.

Thankfully, there are quite a few companies that offer this service, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding a tour that fits your schedule.


BAY CITY BIKE TOURS

When it comes to traditional guided bike tours, few companies are as well regarded as Bay City Bike Tours.

Rather than focusing on other types of excursions, they put all of their efforts into providing excellent guided trips throughout the city.

 

 

Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, this bike tour will take you across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito.

Once you’ve completed the tour, you’ll take a ferry back to your starting location to complete the cycle with a nice and relaxing boat ride.

Bay City Bike Tours has a 4 ½ out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor and Viator (read the reviews), with a majority of reviews suggesting that they provide high-quality service. 

Ticket Prices

  • $55 for Adults (price may increase if you upgrade to a better bicycle)
  • $45 for Children (you can also rent trailers and tag-a-long options for $35)
  • $82 for Electric Bike upgrade
  • $110 for Tandem Bike upgrade
  • $81 for Performance Bike upgrade
  • More information or to book.

Schedule Information

  • Tours begin at 10 AM every day
  • 1 PM Tours are available from March–October
  • Expect this bike tour to last for 2–3 hours
  • You will be traveling approximately 8 miles

 


BLAZING SADDLES BIKE TOURS

No matter how you prefer to bike across the bridge, Blazing Saddles provides a service that will make it easy.

In addition to their guided bike tours across the Golden Gate Bridge, they also provide a self-guided tour and an electric bike option as well.

Prices will vary depending upon the tour you select, but a bike rental is included with each trip.

 

 

A majority of the reviews for Blazing Saddles are overwhelmingly positive, earning the company a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor. There are a few negative reviews, but many of them appear to mention issues that could not have been avoided. 

Ticket Prices

  • SF Guided Electric Bike Tour
    • $85 per person
    • 24-hour electric bike rental included

Schedule and Itinerary

  • Bike the Bridge to Sausalito & Tiburon
    • Bike rides across the bridge to Sausalito will typically take between 1 ½ to 2 hours. Keep this in mind when deciding whether or not to go for a 24-hour rental.
    • Bike rides to Tiburon can take between 3-4 hours on average. It’s best to consider a 24-hour rental if you plan to go from the bridge to Tiburon.
    • Helmet, Lock, and Map are included with each bike rental.
  • Golden Gate Bridge Guided Tour
    • Tours begin daily at 10 AM & 1 PM
    • Tour should last about 3 hours, but may last longer
    • Arrive 15 minutes early to avoid any problems
  • SF Guided Electric Bike Tour
    • Tour begins daily at 10 AM
    • Tour should last about 3 hours
    • Arrive 15 minutes early to avoid scheduling issues

TIP: If you’re comfortable with finding your way around the city, you might want to consider obtaining a full-day bike rental with the San Francisco Go Card. Blazing Saddles works with this company to offer discounts on their bike rentals. Whether you go with the All-Inclusive Pass, the Explorer Pass, or you choose to build your own pass, this is an excellent way to save money!

 


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Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.