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Ferry Service/San Francisco

Pros: Commuters and tourists alike, ride the ferries
Cons: Storms make for rough travel
Best For: Enjoying a trip across the San Francisco Bay

Regular ferry service from San Francisco to Oakland, began in 1850 and up until the building of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, ferries were the only way to get from the city to points North and East. Today, many folks choose to live in places like Sausalito or Tiburon because they can commute to work by boat. The following is a breakdown of ferry companies serving SF:

Two East Bay Ferry Companies:
Alameda/Oakland Ferry provides service from Alameda and Oakland, stopping in San Francisco at the Ferry Building and Pier 41
There is seasonal ferry service to AT&T Park during Giants games, and to Angel Island
Check website for schedules and info: http://www.eastbayferry.com/index1.php
Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry provides commuter service on weekdays only between Bay Farm Island and the Ferry Building in San Francisco. This is the Southernmost ferry departing for San Francisco.
Website: http://www.alamedaharborbayferry.com/

Angel Island Ferry
Angel Island/Tiburon Ferry operates between the town of Tiburon in the North Bay and Angel Island State Park. Ayala Cove on the island, is named after Juan Manuel de Ayala, who anchored his vessel here in 1775. VIsit an historic fort, hike, bike or lunch at the Cove Cafe.
Ferry Info: http://www.angelislandferry.com
Angel Island State Park Info: http://angelisland.com/index.php

Blue and Gold Fleet with 3 ferry routes:
To and from Angel Island/Ferry Building and Pier 41 embarkation in the city
Service from Pier 41 to Sausalito and back
From Pier 41 or the Ferry Building to Tiburon and back
Schedule: http://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/

Golden Gate Ferry to Larkspur, from the Ferry Building in SF/Also serves Sausalito: http://www.goldengate.org/

Vallejo Baylink Ferry goes to the Vallejo Ferry Terminal from Pier 41 and the Ferry Building in SF.
Schedule: http://www.baylinkferry.com/

Hornblower Alcatraz Ferry departs from Pier 33 in SF. Take a tour of the famous prison or come for a garden tour in Spring or early Summer.
Info: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/
Gardens of Alcatraz Tour every Friday and Sunday at 9:30am, meeting at the Alcatraz dock:
http://www.alcatrazgardens.org/visit.php

Ferry Service San Francisco 1912
Ferry Service 1912