Cycle from Fisherman's Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge via Sausalito

Approximately: 7-9 hours/full-day.

Bike-level: Easy-Moderate.

Mostly flat until Sausalito to Vista Point with uphill cycling on Alexandra Avenue – many people opt to push their bikes at times so make sure you give yourself at least 7 hours to enjoy your day at a leisurely pace.

Main sites: Aquatic Cove, Pier 39, Ferry Building Marketplace, Alcatraz (from ferry), Sausalito, Vista Point, Battery Spencer and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Why Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge via Sausalito than straight to the Golden Gate Bridge?

If you choose Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge via Sausalito, you’ll see the city behind the Golden Gate Bridge as you bike over. Also, you’ll see plenty of sites along the way and save the best until last!

Itinerary Guide

Collect your bike

There are numerous bike rental companies in San Francisco and around the waterfront. If you’re staying in a hostel or hotel, ask about deals on bike rentals before heading directly to the company as you may be given a voucher or discount.  

Without a voucher or deal, a standard Comfort Hybrid bike starts at $32/Day - 24 hours. This includes a helmet, map, lock, rack and bag. 

Parkwide Bike Rentals & Tours have five city locations with one on Marina Boulevard – a perfect pick-up location to start your cycle ride. 

Morning | 9 am – 12 pm

From Marina Boulevard, make tracks towards Aquatic Cove through Fort Mason Community Park and past Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel.

You’ll see Aquatic Park Pier to your left which makes for a short stretch to cycle for views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the cove itself.

Continue through Aquatic Cove and pass the Maritime Museum on your right – you may have to push your bike through this area.

Cycle along Jefferson Street and continue onto The Embarcadero until you reach Pier 39. Lock your bike up and spend the morning exploring the cafes, shops, attractions and, of course, a visit to the sea lions.

Seals San Francisco Pier 39

Continue your cycle onto Pier 3 for Ferry Building Marketplace for local farmers produce, views of the Oakland Bridge and the ferry terminal – either here or Pier 39 are great spots for lunch or quick bites.

*You'll pass Pier 33 on route to Ferry Building Marketplace.

Pier 33 is the boarding location for Alcatraz Cruises & Tours but you'll need to purchase a ticket in advance to head over, and preferably save this for another day as you'll need at least 3 hours. 

Afternoon | 12 pm - 5 pm

Purchase your Golden Gate Ferry ticket and board to Sausalito. The ticket machine and departures can be found just outside Ferry Building Marketplace and tickets cost approximately $12 for one-way.

On arrival to Sausalito, lock your bike up in the designated public bicycle area just after the ferry exit to explore the main street, Bridgeway,, or walk along the water.

Continue onto Vista Point for the Golden Gate Bridge by following these directions from Sausalito Ferry Terminal:

  • Start on Humbolt Avenue.

  • Take a right on Bay Street.

  • Take a right on Bridgeway.

  • Take a right on Richardson Street.

  • Take a right on 2nd Street.

  • Take a right on South Street.

  • Continue onto Alexandra Avenue (the most challenging uphill section).

You'll arrive at a small car park called North Tower Golden Gate Parking. You should notice the entrance route for cyclists and pedestrians onto the Golden Gate Bridge, but beforehand, an underpass to reach Vista Point on the opposite side. 

Lock your bike up in the car park and head over to Vista Point - there are plenty of bike racks.

San Francisco Vista Point views

After Vista Point, head back to the car park, walk up the hill and follow the tracks to Battery Spencer viewing point. 

Battery Spencer San Francisco views

Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and make your way back to Marina Boulevard. 

On route, you'll pass through Presidio Parkway for more incredible views.

If you've purchased your bike for 24 hours, you'll have the choice to visit other locations such as Golden Gate Bridge Park or the Painted Ladies, not far from where you'll exit the Golden Gate Bridge.

You'll need to return your bike before 6:30pm if you're not keeping for the full 24 hours, so make sure you leave plenty of time to head back. 

Evening | 6:30 pm onwards

Grab some dinner, head to Fort Mason Community Park and finish your day by watching the sunset over the Golden Gate Bridge... 

Fort Mason Community Park San Francisco sunsets