Biking to Sausalito

Need to Know

  • In summers and on holidays (thru Oct. 29th), the ferries from Sausalito to San Francisco get very busy. Don’t get stuck in a long line! Reserve space for your bike in advance and get priority boarding See below for more info.
  • In Sausalito, you can’t lock your bike to parking meters or street signs. You can only use bike racks or the valet bike parking ($3/bike) next to the ferry terminal.
  • Hungry? Our Sausalito food recommendations are below.

Getting There & Back

The ride over the bridge to Sausalito is beautiful and easy to navigate. The route is marked on our bike map (included with rental). The ride is 7.7 miles (12.4 km) from our Fisherman’s Wharf shop and 10.7 miles (17.3 km) from our Hayes Valley shop.

The ride from Fisherman’s Wharf takes you along the bay waterfront through Fort Mason, the Marina, into the Presidio, past Crissy Field, over the bridge, and down to Sausalito.

The ride from Hayes Valley shows you more neighborhoods and parks. You’ll ride on the “Wiggle” bike route through Lower Haight (near Alamo Square), through the Panhandle (near Haight-Ashbury), the east end of Golden Gate Park, the Richmond, the Presidio, over the bridge, and down to Sausalito.

Once in Sausalito, you can ride back to San Francisco (this means riding up the hill to the bridge) or take a ferry back. The ferry terminal is easy to find in the heart of Sausalito.

Catching the Ferry

Two different ferry services go from the Sausalito ferry terminal to SF:

These services use the same pier in Sausalito, but their piers in SF are 1.4 miles apart – a short bike ride along the water. Our bike map highlights both SF ferry terminals.

Before arriving in Sausalito, we strongly recommend reserving your bike’s space for priority boarding (It’s free and doesn’t require a credit card!). The ferries get very busy and long waits are common. If you arrive in the late evening and the ferries are sold out, you must ride back or take a taxi equipped with bike racks.

Buying Your Ferry Tickets

You can buy your ferry tickets online or at a ticket machine at the ferry terminal. We recommend buying your tickets at the machine, as long as you book space for your bikes in advance. Booking space for your bikes doesn’t cost anything, and it allows you to skip the “regular” line and go to the “priority” bike line. Reserve space for your bike(s) at bikesausalito.com. If you’d like to purchase your tickets online, you can do so here:

  • Golden Gate Ferry tickets here ($11.75).
  • Book Blue and Gold Fleet tickets here ($12.50).

Locking Your Bike

Unlike in San Francisco, in Sausalito you can ONLY park and lock your bike in designated bicycle parking spots. There is a large bike parking area close to the ferry. In summer, valet bike parking is offered. Do NOT lock your bike anywhere else – you might get a ticket!

Sausalito Food Recommendations

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FISH – Enjoy sustainable seafood at picnic tables. They have the most expensive crab roll in the world, and it’s one of the best ever. Top it off with a glass of local white wine and oysters. Yes, please!
350 Harbor Dr. | 331fish.com

Sausalito Gourmet Delicatessen – Local mom-n-pop deli with great sandwiches. Made to order so expect a wait.
209 Caledonia St. | sausalitogourmet.com

Driver’s Market – Neighborhood grocery with local & natural products. Wonderfully Californian organic juice bar & deli.
200 Caledonia St. | driversmarket.com

Venice Gourmet – Mediterranean-style marketplace with deli sandwiches. Try the avocado club.
625 Bridgeway | venicegourmet.com

Fred’s Place Coffee Shop – Casual breakfast & brunch spot with sidewalk seating. Love bacon? Try the Millionaire’s bacon, it will change your bacon experience. They also have other great American classics.
1917 Bridgeway Blvd | Yelp page

Napa Valley Burger Company – Yummy gourmet burgers and local wine. Gluten-free and lettuce buns, and a great veggie burger, too!
670 Bridgeway | napavalleyburgercompany.com

Le Garage – French Bistro a bit outside the center of Sausalito nestled among the boats. Wine, cheese, and boats for the win.
85 Liberty Ship Way Ste 109 | legaragebistrosausalito.com

Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar – Fresh Mexican food and great bar atmosphere with a variety of tequila. If you judge a Mexican place by its chips, you’ll love Saylor’s.
2009 Bridgeway | saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

Bar Bocce – Fun, hip restaurant with patio looking out at the bay. Delicious pizzas and a trendy crowd for people watching. On weekends, you’ll find a mess of young professionals drinking the afternoon away in the sun.
1250 Bridgeway | barbocce.com

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Farley Bar at Cavallo Point Lodge – California cuisine in a former army base with a fireplace and porch. The porch offers great views of SF and is a nice place to grab a drink. This is the “casual” neighbor to Michelin-starred Murray Circle.
601 Murray Circle, Cavallo Point Lodge (Fort Baker) | cavallopoint.com

Sushi Ran – One of the best sushi spots in the Bay Area. Extraordinary food with extraordinary prices. Great for that special day like today. Yup, today.
107 Caledonia St. | sushiran.com

Barrel House Tavern – Seasonal menu with seating overlooking the bay. Housed in a beautiful historic building, this is a great place for a drink before hopping on the ferry.
660 Bridgeway | Yelp page

Scoma’s of Sausalito – On its own pier! Epic views and epic seafood. The crab cakes, hot damn those crab cakes.
588 Bridgeway | scomassausalito.com