If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco and want to take a day trip to Sausalito, here’s the best way to get there and the best things to do in Sausalito!
How To Get To Sausalito from San Francisco
One of the best things to do in San Francisco is ride a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge. Just on the other side of the bridge is the charming seaside village of Sausalito. One of the best day trips from San Francisco is to take a bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and spend the afternoon in Sausalito.
It’s very easy to get to Sausalito by bike, because once you get across the bridge, it’s all downhill. And you take the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco, so you don’t have to go up any hills!
The ride is about 8 miles and takes about 1 hour.
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Bike Across the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco has a TON of hills, but the route from the shop to Sausalito is fairly easy. And it’s mostly on bike paths, so you don’t have to worry about being on the street with cars. I did have to get off my bike and push it up one particularly steep hill. But once you make it to the bridge, it’s all downhill from there.
We had a comfort hybrid bike and it was very easy to ride. I was super impressed with how comfortable the bike seat was. We rode for 8 miles and I was never sore or uncomfortable, not even the next day.
Sausalito Ferry Tickets
You can also purchase return ferry tickets (from Sausalito back to Fisherman’s Wharf) from the bike shop. See below for more tips on taking the ferry!
Crissy Field East Beach
On your way to Sausalito, there are a few places you may want to stop for photos! Here’s a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field East Beach.
Best View Of Golden Gate Bridge
This my favorite view of the Golden Gate Bridge! It was right on the way from the bike shop to the bridge.
Here’s a link to the exact location on Google Maps.
About Our Bike Rental In San Francisco
The bikes are equipped with a small bag (just big enough for a phone, wallet, and small camera) and a map with the route from the shop to Sausalito. Helmets are optional but included. I have this awesome Bike Phone Mount for my bike at home that I REALLY wish I’d remembered to bring!!
View from the Golden Gate Bridge
Almost over the bridge!
After 8 miles of biking we worked up a SERIOUS appetite!
Napa Valley Burger Co
We had an amazing lunch at Napa Valley Burger Co. There were so many delicious-sounding burgers on the menu I had a hard time choosing just one. After much deliberation, I finally decided on the Baja Burger, with guacamole, jalapeños, cheddar, applewood bacon, and chipotle aioli. It was delicious. I would highly recommend this burger. And if you go, you HAVE to get the cheesy tater tots!! They were seriously the best!!
Lappert’s Ice Cream
After lunch, we treated ourselves to a giant ice cream cone across the street at Lappert’s Ice Cream. I got the Hawaiian Sea Salt Caramel and Cookie Dough. Amazing!
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Sausalito Ferry Tips
When you’re ready to return to San Francisco, you can take the Sausalito Ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf.
The Blue & Gold Fleet Ferry takes you back to Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can return your bike at the ship.
You can buy ferry tickets in advance online. Fortunately you do not have to choose your return time in advance, you just buy the ticket, and you can come back anytime. Here is the ferry schedule.
You can even reserve a spot for your bike online. In the summer the ferry gets crowded and the spaces for bike fill up. Check the website to see if you need a reservation for your bike.
Arrive 30 minutes early. The ferry is prompt and there’s usually a line. Be sure to get in line early so you don’t get left behind!