Golden Gate Ferry is one of three transportation systems owned and operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. The other two are the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Transit bus service, which connects San Francisco to Marin County. Funding for the ferry services is partially subsidized by bridge tolls, in addition to the traditional federal and state sources.
Golden Gate Ferry offers regular passenger ferry service, with limited weekend service between Marin County and San Francisco. It also provides special ferry service for events like select home games of San Francisco Giants baseball, the annual Bay to Breakers, and day after Thanksgiving (originating from Larkspur only).
The following table presents a summary of the number of ferry trips provided by Golden Gate Ferry:
|Origin||Number of trips and Schedules||Notes|
|Weekdays to San Francisco||Weekdays from San Francisco||Weekends/Holidays to San Francisco||Weekends/Holidays from San Francisco|
|Number of trips||Depart first ferry||Depart last ferry||Number of trips||Depart first ferry||Depart last ferry||Number of trips||Depart first ferry||Depart last ferry||Number of trips||Depart first ferry||Depart last ferry|
|Larkspur||20||5:50am||8:50pm||21||6:25am||9:35pm||5||9:40am||5:30pm||4||12:30pm||7:00pm||An Expanded Holiday Schedule operates on the Day after Thanksgiving.|
Buses also run to and from the ports.
To/From Larkspur (at E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd.):
Effective March 29, 2008, new weekend schedules take effect that will modify ferry schedules between Larkspur, Sausalito, and San Francisco. The details are as follows:
Golden Gate Ferry provides different fares, depending on origin or destination in Marin County and method of payment.
|Fare Category (one-way)||Origin/Destination||Cash Fare||Discounted Fare (Frequent Rider Tickets or TransLink)|
|Youth (6-18), Seniors (65+), Disabled or Medicare||Larkspur or Sausalito||US$3.55||Not offered|
|Children under 5 years old (limit 2 per full-fare adult)||All ferry routes||Free||Free|
Transfer details for Golden Gate Ferry are as follows:
Golden Gate Ferry has 3 Nickum & Spaulding monohulls and 2 catamarans in service today. The Spauldings are named M.S. Marin, M.S. Sonoma, and M.S. San Francisco, and carry 715 passengers each. They were purchased from Philip Spaulding & Associates in San Diego, California in 1976-1977. Originally powered by gas turbine water jets, they were converted to diesel engine propeller drives in 1983-1985, with more efficient engines installed in 2001-2002. The catamarans are M.V. Del Norte (purchased 1998 390 passengers) and M.V. Mendocino (purchased 2001, 450 passengers). All of the ferries are wheelchair-accessible and can store a limited number of bicycles on board. On-board refreshments are served on all ferry routes, including a full bar with mixed drinks.
Golden Gate Ferry links with the following transit agencies in San Francisco and Marin County:
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