Water activity

San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

Activity provider: Blue and Gold Fleet
Water activity

San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

Activity provider: Blue and Gold Fleet

From US$ 34 per person

Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and relive the 150 years of history. Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, get an up-close look at Alcatraz and gaze at the beautiful San Francisco skyline.

About this activity

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Duration 1 hour
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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, English, German, Italian, Japanese, French, Korean


  • Sail past the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise around the notorious Alcatraz Island
  • Marvel at the San Francisco skyline
  • Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket
Full description

Enjoy a 1-hour journey along San Francisco's historic waterfront and experience the thrilling history of the San Francisco Bay, with all the sound and glory it deserves. The 1-hour non-stop Bay Cruise takes you past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. Relax in comfort, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and enjoy a full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by.

See sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the iconic San Francisco skyline as you go. Whether it’s your first time to San Francisco, or your 10th visit, the Bay Cruise is something you should experience at least once in your life.

You will get a complimentary souvenir map, which is available in nine languages, and if you get hungry, there’s a full-service snack bar on board with food and drink available to purchase.

  • 60-minute Bay cruise
  • Narration describing major landmarks
  • Straight to the gate' access to the boat
  • Complimentary souvenir map
  • Access to full-service snack bar
  • Food and drink (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Yellow Box Office west of Pier 39 between Gates 3 and 4.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • Cruises may not operate during inclement weather; check with ticket booths on the day of sailing for schedule
  • Your mobile voucher allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 572 reviews

Review summary

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Pretty good boat tour. Boarded at Pier 39. Hassle free as had e-ticket. Cruised out under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz and towards Bay Bridge. About an hour at sea. Commentary was decent, but difficult to hear (played over speakers) at times due to engine noise.

March 28, 2023

Brilliant but do wrap up warm! We got a running commentary of all the sights and views of Alcatraz and Golden Gate from all sides. Amazing. We saw pelicans flying beside and kite surfers following the boat directly under the bridge. A must go activity on your San Fran trip

March 28, 2023

Gita sicuramente bella. Non c’è una guida che ti spiega le cose ma solo una registrazione. La consiglio perché vedi San Francisco da un altro punto di vista ma ti devi prendere perlomeno qualcosa di scritto per apprezzare al meglio ciò che stai vedendo.

March 28, 2023

Product ID: 23625