The brilliant, red-colored Golden Gate Bridge, often half-
veiled by San Francisco's trademark rolling fog, spans tidal cur-
rents and ocean waves, connecting the City by the Bay with Marin
County to the north. The trek across this awe-inspiring expanse is a
fitting part of a visit to the city. This tour should take 2 to 3 hours
(depending on how you decide to cross), or all day if you opt to
make your visit to the bridge part of an excursion to charming
Sausalito (p 152). In summer be sure to visit after 10 or 11am (after
the morning fog has burned off); all other seasons, visit anytime.
Note: If you choose to walk or ride across the bridge, this tour may
be combined with “The Golden Gate Promenade” tour, p 84.
1 By Bus. To reach the Golden
Gate Bridge via public transporta-
tion, take a northbound (Marin
County-bound) Golden Gate transit
bus and return on a southbound
(SF-bound) bus. Or consider continu-
ing on a northbound bus to Sausal-
ito (p 152). @ 35 min. Golden Gate
transit. y 415/923-2000. golden
gatetransit.org. One-way fare: $3.10,
$1.55 seniors, $2.80 under 12. All
northbound (Marin County-bound)
buses stop at the bridge; buses run
every 30-60 min. Sausalito buses
(2 & 10) run approx. once per hour—
call for exact schedules. From SF,
northbound buses depart from the
Transbay Terminal (Mission & 1st
sts.), stopping at Market & 7th sts.,
the Civic Center & at stops along Van
Ness Ave. & Lombard St. Note: If you
continue on to Sausalito, you can exit
the bus on the south side, walk across
the bridge & hop on a Sausalito-
bound bus at the bus stop on the
north side of the bridge. To return to
SF by bus, you must take it from the
bus stop on the south side of the
bridge (the bus stop on the north
side is only for northbound buses).
2 Walk across the bridge.
Crossing the bridge is not always
easy (it is usually windy and cold,
and the bridge vibrates). But it is
worth it for the awe-inspiring vistas.
@ 45 min., one-way.
The view of the city from the Golden Gate Bridge.