Need to Know
- In summers and on holidays, the ferries from Sausalito to San Francisco get very busy. Expect a 1- to 2-hour wait if you haven’t already reserved space for your bikes and you. Read below to learn how to reserve.
- In Sausalito, you can park and lock your bike only in designated bicycle parking spots. You cannot park on the sidewalks. There is a big bike parking area next to the ferry terminal.
- 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.
Fisherman’s Wharf Route
Hayes Valley Route
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:
- Golden Gate Ferry sails to the Ferry Building at the end of Market St. See schedule here.
- Blue and Gold Fleet goes to Pier 39 / Pier 41 in Fisherman’s Wharf. See schedule here.
These services use the same pier in Sausalito, but their piers 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 first (1) reserving your bike’s space for priority boarding, then (2) buying your ferry tickets online. 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
- Reserve space for your bike(s) at bikesausalito.com (free). Then purchase your tickets:
- Book 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
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
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