Alameda Ferry

Alert: Due to COVID-19, the Alameda Ferry route is running a special weekday schedule. No weekend ferry service or service to or from Pier 41 in San Francisco is being offered.

The Alameda Ferry is operated by San Francisco Bay Ferry. It provides weekday commuter service as well as weekend and select holiday service between the Alameda Main Street ferry terminal, San Francisco Ferry Building and San Francisco Pier 41.

The approximate crossing time between Alameda and the San Francisco Ferry Building is 20 minutes and 35 minutes when traveling through to Pier 41.

However, some scheduled routes make stops in Oakland which adds 10-15 minutes to most of the crossing times.

View the schedules below to see which routes travel direct from/to Alameda or make stops in Oakland.


Alameda to San Francisco


Depart AlamedaArrive
San Francisco
Ferry Building
7:05 AM7:25 AM
8:25 AM8:45 AM
9:50 AM10:10 AM
10:25 AM10:45 AM
11:30 AM12:10 PM
2:30 PM3:10 PM
4:30 PM5:10 PM
6:00 PM6:45 PM


Weekend ferry service between Alameda and San Francisco ferry building is currently suspended.

San Francisco to Alameda


San Francisco
Ferry Building
Arrive Alameda
7:30 AM *8:15 AM
8:55 AM *9:40 AM
11:00 AM11:20 AM
2:00 PM2:20 PM
4:00 PM4:20 PM
5:30 PM5:50 PM
7:00 PM7:20 PM
* To Alameda via Oakland


Weekend ferry service between San Francisco Ferry Building and Alameda is currently suspended due to COVID-19.


Alameda – San Francisco Ferry Prices

The ferry from Alameda to San Francisco costs $7.20 for Adults or $5.40 for Adults who use their Clipper Card. Fares for Youth (5 to 18 years old), Seniors (65+ years old) and Disabled are $3.60 which is half the cash fare price. Children under the age of 5 years old can ride the Alameda Ferry FREE of charge, when accompanied by an adult.

These rates are for one-way trips. If traveling round trip between Alameda and San Francisco, you’ll have to pay the fare for each leg of your trip.

Buying Alameda – San Francisco Ferry Tickets

The Clipper Card is the preferred method of payment, but tickets may also be purchased onboard the ferry at the time of departure. If returning from San Francisco, you may purchase tickets at the Bay Crossings store in the San Francisco Ferry Building or Blue & Gold Fleet’s ticket booth at San Francisco Pier 41. In some instances when the ferry service is expected to be busier than normal, San Francisco Bay Ferry Guest Assistant Representatives will be on hand at the Alameda Main Street terminal to sell tickets to customers in line. Finally, a relatively new way to purchase tickets is via the HopThrue mobile app which is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices.

If you are a passenger transferring to or from MUNI using your Clipper Card, you will receive a $0.50 transfer discount on your fare. AC Transit also offers transfer discounts when paying with your Clipper Card.

Alameda Ferry Fares

  • Adult: $7.20
  • Adult (Clipper Card): $5.40
  • Youth (5 to 18): $3.60
  • Seniors (65+)/Disabled: $3.60
  • Children under 5: FREE
  • School Groups: $2.40


Location of the Alameda Ferry Terminal

The Alameda Ferry terminal is located at 2990 Main Street, Alameda, CA, 94501.

Alameda Ferry Terminal
Alameda Ferry Terminal

Getting to the Alameda Ferry Terminal

There are no public transit options that drop off directly in front of the Alameda Main Street ferry terminal. However, you can get fairly close on AC Transit Line 96. AC Transit Line 96 will take you down Main Street before turning onto W Midway Ave. You can exit the bus at the corner of W Midway Ave and Orion Street. From there it is an approximately 10 minute walk to the terminal.

If you like bicycling, you can ride your bike along the San Francisco Bay Trail right up to the entrance of the Main Street terminal. At the terminal, you’ll find 20 BikeLink secure electronic bicycle lockers available for your use as well as bike racks that can accommodate up to 62 bicycles.

Driving to the terminal is the most popular option. There are two parking lots that can accommodate a total of 425 cars. See the parking section below for details.


Parking at the Alameda Ferry Terminal

When driving to the Alameda Main Street ferry terminal, there are two lots available for parking. The primary parking lot is located right at the terminal and can accommodate parking up to 324 cars. Another parking lot, O’Lot, is located on Main Street 1/4 mile west of the main parking lot and is approximately a 5 minute walk to the terminal. It can accommodate an additional 121 cars. Both lots are FREE to park in, but overnight parking is prohibited.