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The Bay Area operates an abundant number of watercraft, big and small, and these ply most areas along San Francisco Bay. From fishing boats to tour ferries to massive cruise liners, San Francisco hosts to hundreds of visiting and local ferries from all parts of the Bay Area.
Private Ferries and Cruise Ships

Alcatraz Cruises

Operated by Hornblower Cruises, Alcatraz Cruises is the only ferry service that brings passengers in and out of Alcatraz Island. The price for riding the ferry is included in the overall admission cost to the historic Alcatraz Prison and Museum, in which reservations can be made online. Two of the ferries, MV Alcatraz Clipper and MV Alcatraz Flyer, operate partly using wind turbines as a way to save fuel from being dumped into San Francisco Bay.  A third, smaller boat, MV Hornblower Hybrid, operates exclusively using wind power to generate lift and operates between San Francisco, Alcatraz, and Angel Island.

Angel Island Ferry

Angel Island Ferry operates as a shuttle service between Tiburon and Angel Island in Marin County all day, everyday (especially during the high tourist season). Admission to Angel Island, called the Ellis Island of the West, includes a short 5-minute crossing across the Bay with swooping views of the Tiburon Peninsula and Belvedere in the background.

Blue & Gold Fleet

Blue & Gold Fleet operates waterfront and bridge tours around San Francisco Bay, as well as regularly-scheduled ferry services to Sausalito and Tiburon in Marin County, and Vallejo in Solano County (in conjunction with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom). Upgraded to have its own showcase!

Golden Gate Ferry

Golden Gate Ferry operates passenger ferry services between Marin County and San Francisco, with additional event ferry services that operate to AT&T Park from Larkspur for San Francisco Giants games and concerts.

Red & White Fleet

Red and White Fleet, the oldest ferry tour company in San Francisco, operates bridge and waterfront tours around San Francisco Bay. It is popular for its twilight and nighttime cruises where tourists get to see the majesty of both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, as well as Sausalito, Angel Island, and Alcatraz.

San Francisco Bay Ferry

San Francisco Bay Ferry operates passenger ferry services to multiple destinations, including San Francisco (Pier 39 and Ferry Building); Alameda, Harbor Bay (south Alameda), and Oakland in the East Bay; Vallejo in the North Bay; and Oyster Point (South San Francisco) in the Peninsula. Managed by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, it operates alongside Golden Gate Ferry and other ferry companies in the unforeseen event of a Bay-wide emergency.
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