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Ride the Ferry to SF from Richmond

Today’s post is sponsored by San Francisco Bay Ferry. Did you know you can ride the ferry from Richmond to San Francisco?

For East Bay Families with kids, San Francisco Bay Ferry might be the best way to cross the Bay. Did you know that ferry service is available from Richmond to the San Francisco Ferry Building? Weekday commuters love the no-hassle ride to work.

The Richmond Terminal is approximately 1.5 miles south of the Richmond downtown core on the Ford Peninsula on the City of Richmond’s southern waterfront.

Richmond, CA ferry terminal
Richmond Ferry Terminal opened January 2019 for commuters, pilot weekend service begins August 2019. Photo: By Ndołkah – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Who doesn’t want a more comfortable, reliable, relaxing way to cross the Bay? Ferry lovers already know about the friendly, helpful deckhands and ample seating, indoors and out. The size of the vessels (usually about 445 passengers) is impressive and entertaining for kids. To visit the fun destinations in and around downtown San Francisco, Richmond ferry riders will enjoy a pleasant 35-minute boat ride with a snack bar rather than struggling with traffic and parking spaces.

Kids watching the Bay go by on the SF Ferry
Kids watching the Bay go by on the SF Bay Ferry

Ride the ferry from the East Bay to San Francisco

San Francisco Bay Ferry operates ferry routes connecting the San Francisco Ferry Building and Pier 41/Fisherman’s Wharf, South San Francisco, Alameda Main Street, Harbor Bay, Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo and Mare Island, along with seasonal service to Oracle Park.

Grandparent and grandchild on the SF Ferry
All ages can relax on the ferry.

Ferry service in Richmond, CA

Richmond weekday commute service to San Francisco launched in January 2019.

Ferry service to/from Oakland

Ferry terminal in Oakland is at the the busy Jack London Square all week long, including weekend service. Current routes include stops at Alameda, Pier 41, South San Francisco, and the SF Ferry Building.

Ferry service to/from Alameda

Ferry service in Alameda has two terminals to choose from. Harbor Bay ferries go to South San Francisco. Main Street Alameda ferries are along the Oakland, Pier 41, and Ferry Building route. Alameda service includes both weekdays and weekends.

Confirm your terminal, route, and timing on the ferry schedule website.

People love riding the Richmond Ferry to San Francisco

“I really like taking the Richmond Ferry. The trip feels fast, the crew are very polite, the vessel is always clean, and the efficiency of the process is very nice.” ~ Happy Commuter

“It’s the most ‘civilized’ way to commute to the city. Love it!” ~ Another Happy Commuter

What’s fun near the San Francisco Ferry Building for families?

Young family rides SF Ferry
Young family rides SF Ferry

Need an excuse to cross the Bay for the day? There are so many great places to visit after your exciting boat ride. Check out the Ferry Building itself (lots to do and eat!), nearby playgrounds, or the Exploratorium.

When you return to Richmond, you’ll be right next to the iconic the Rosie the Riveter Museum or you can pop on over to Point Richmond and enjoy a sweet, unexpected gem of the East Bay with a small town vibe.

Richmond Ferry Terminal view from overhead
Richmond Ferry Terminal view from overhead | Photo: SF Ferry

Plan your trip on the SF Bay Ferry

Ferry Fare: A one-way, adult fare is $9.30, or $7 with a Clipper card. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18, seniors aged 65 and over, and disabled passengers pay $4.60. Kids under 5 years old are free.

Parking: Look for the lot labeled Public Shore Parking. There is free parking with 362 spaces.

Public Transit: AC Transit’s 74 bus stops in front of the ferry terminal and Richmond BART station. The 74 bus runs every half-hour, arriving approximately 10 minutes before the ferry departs. The travel time between the Richmond BART station and the ferry terminal is roughly 10 minutes.  There’s a $2.25 discount for riders who take the bus to and/or from the ferry.

Biking: The terminal is located along the popular Bay Trail. Standard bike racks and BikeLink lockers will be available at the terminal. In addition, there will be at least 20 spots for bikes on the ferry.

san francisco bay ferry logo

Today’s post is sponsored by San Francisco Bay Ferry, offering weekday ferry service from Richmond, CA to San Francisco. Some restrictions apply, so check the dates and schedule before you head out the door.

[All photos provided by San Francisco Bay Ferry, a service of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority and used with permission]

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