Alameda Short Hop Ferry

The Alameda Short Hop Ferry, operated by San Francisco Bay Ferry, is a weekday commuter ferry service between Main Street Alameda ferry terminal and Oakland ferry terminal near Jack London Square.

The Short Hop ferry ride is 10 minutes from dock to dock. It is primarily used by residents of Alameda that work in Oakland. However, it is also a good option for Alamedans looking to visit Oakland on a weekday.

There are six departures out of Alameda on weekday mornings and 11 return trips from Oakland starting in the afternoon.

Alameda Short Hop Ferry Schedule

Alameda TO Oakland

Depart Main St. AlamedaArrive Oakland
6:05 AM6:15 AM
7:05 AM7:15 AM
8:00 AM8:10 AM
9:50 AM10:00 AM
11:45 AM11:55 AM
12:20 PM12:30 PM

Oakland TO Alameda

Depart OaklandArrive Main St. Alameda
1:40 PM1:50 PM
2:35 PM2:45 PM
3:00 PM3:10 PM
4:10 PM4:20 PM
5:10 PM5:20 PM
5:55 PM6:05 PM
6:10 PM6:20 PM
6:55 PM7:05 PM
8:05 PM8:15 PM
8:30 PM8:40 PM


Alameda Main St. Ferry Terminal


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


By Bus

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.

By Bike

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.


You will find the following amenities at the Main St. Alameda ferry terminal.

  • Bike racks that can accommodate up to 62 bicycles
  • 20 secure bike lockers
  • Restrooms
  • Limited free parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

Oakland Ferry Terminal

The Oakland ferry terminal, also known as the Jack London Square ferry terminal and the Clay Street ferry terminal, serves the Oakland-Alameda-San Francisco, South San Francisco, Alameda Short Hop, Chase Center, and Oracle Park ferry routes.


The Oakland ferry terminal is located at 10 Clay Street, Oakland, CA, 94607.


By AC Transit bus service

The Oakland ferry terminal is served by the following two AC transit bus routes.

  • Line 72: Hilltop – CCC – San Pablo
  • Line 12: MLK Jr. – Temescal – Grand

If you are traveling by AC Transit Line 27, the bus will stop at 2nd Street and Washington Street. From there, you will need to walk approximately 3-5 minutes (0.2 miles) to the ferry landing.

If you are taking AC Transit Line 12, the bus will stop at Embarcadero and Broadway. You’ll need to walk approximately 4-5 minutes (0.2 miles) from the stop to the ferry landing.

By Amtrak

The following Amtrak train routes serve Oakland and are a short walk away from the terminal.

  • Capitol Corridor
  • San Joaquins
  • Coast Starlight

If traveling via Amtrak, you’ll need to walk approximately 10 minutes (0.5 miles) from the Jack London Square Train Station to the ferry terminal.


You’ll want to get off at the 12th St. Oakland City Center BART station to the ferry terminal from BART. You’ll then walk approximately 15 minutes (0.7 miles) to the Oakland ferry landing.


The following amenities are available to ferry passengers and customers at, or near, the Oakland ferry terminal.

  • Open-air bike racks
  • BikeLink bike lockers (at the Amtrak Station near the terminal)
  • Bay Wheels public bike share dock
  • Up to 12 hours of free validated parking at the 101 Washington Street parking garage near the ferry terminal
  • Public restrooms at Jack London Square
  • Wheelchair accessible


Parking at Main St. Alameda Ferry Terminal

Two parking lots are available at the Main St. Alameda Ferry Terminal.

The primary parking lot is located right at the terminal and can accommodate parking for 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.

Parking at Oakland Ferry Terminal

Oakland ferry parking is available near the terminal at the 101 Washington Street parking garage. Passengers receive up to 12 hours of free validated parking at this garage. Ferry riders will be responsible for any additional costs when parking in the garage for more than 12 hours.

Parking Garage Hours

  • Monday through Thursday: 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM

If parking in the 101 Washington Street garage, you can validate your parking at the ferry terminal.

Overnight parking is not permitted in the garage. For any parking inquiries, validation issues, or comments, you can contact Douglas Parking at 800-877-9984 or email


The current fares for the Alameda Short Hop Ferry are listed in the table below.

Ticket TypeFare
Clipper/Mobile Ticket$1.00
Discount Clipper/Mobile Ticket$0.50
Paper Ticket$1.25
Discount Paper Ticket$0.50
Children Under 5FREE

Discount Clipper, mobile, and paper tickets are for passengers 65 or older, 17 or younger, or those with Medicare cards and DMV disabled parking placards.


The Alameda Ferry route is frequently served by the following vessels.

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