SF Bay Ferry Relaunches Service July 1 With More Trips Than Ever Before

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

SF Bay Ferry Relaunches Service July 1 With More Trips Than Ever Before

“You know what we all need? More boats.”

Back in May, the San Francisco Bay Ferry announced that it would return July 1st for a total of 136 daily transbay trips, which is 30% more than before the pandemic! Well, that day has finally come, and we’re gonna give you the lowdown on exactly which routes are picking up, and what to expect back out on the water!

New schedules are going into place that will affect passengers from across the Bay Area. Most routes will also have a temporary fare decrease that also goes into effect on July 1st to boost ferry use. Here’s a summary of what to expect, but see the full schedules here

Vallejo Ferry Route

  • Daily service between Vallejo and Downtown SF
  • Enhanced midday service
  • Weekend service launches July 3 
  • $9 each way with Clipper

Oakland and Alameda Ferry Route

  • 25-minute boat ride from Oakland to Downtown SF
  • 8 direct daily trips instead of the previous 1
  • $4.50 each way with Clipper

Richmond Ferry Route

  • 35-minute boat ride serving passengers from Richmond, El Cerrito, and Contra Costa County
  • Doubling number of trips from 12 to 24, increasing midday trips
  • Weekend service launches July 3
  • $4.50 each way with Clipper

Alameda Seaplane Ferry Route

  • New route with smooth, direct 20-minute trips from Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal at Alameda Point to Downtown SF
  • Available on weekdays with 10 daily departures (use Oakland/Alameda route for midday and weekends). 
  • $4.50 each way with Clipper

Harbor Bay Ferry Route

  • Ideal for travel from Bay Farm Isle to Downtown SF
  • New midday service on weekdays, but still no weekend service.
  • Increase daily trips from 15 to 23
  • $4.50 each way with Clipper

Pier 41 Short Hop Ferry

  • Limited “weekend connector service” between Downtown SF and Pier 41
  • Allows riders on certain trips from Alameda, Oakland, Vallejo and Richmond to transfer to a Pier 41-bound ferry
  • Available from July 3, three times a day on weekends
  • $1 with Clipper

Coming in October:

  • Alameda Short Hop Ferry, operating between Oakland and Alameda
  • South San Francisco Ferry, operating between South San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda


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