SF Water Taxi San Francisco

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SF Water Taxi – A waterfront adventure

To me, time on the Bay is a memorable part of any visit to San Francisco. That’s why I love the Water Taxi and consider it one of our best-kept city secrets.

The breezy adventure is a short, but fun thirty-minute waterfront ride between Pier 1 just north of the Ferry Building to the Hyde St. Pier on the northern edge of Fisherman’s Wharf. Look for the yellow & black sidewalk signs and nearby departure dock. 

Usually leaving on the hour, there is also a phone number to contact the boat captain. Incredibly they’ll even pick up and drop off at the popular Pier 39 and AT&T ballpark on game days. But I highly recommend the two main stops to get the biggest bang for your buck.

The fare is just $10, and that includes a round-trip should you wish.

The super friendly boat captains share history, trivia and point out landmarks along the way. Before embarking on my last trip, Captain Biz said there were only two rules: 1. Have fun 2. Be safe. I’d add that it’s wise to bring a jacket as the weather is often chilly on the Bay even on the sunniest of days.

The boats usually run between 10:00 to 18:00 but can vary depending on weather conditions.

Everyone loves San Francisco for its waterfront, landmarks, storied past and photo opportunities of the spectacular Bay. While there are lots of boating options, I highly recommend the Water Taxi as a fun and affordable way to get all that and more.

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Details about this spot



Pier 1 The Embarcadero, San Francisco

Telephone number


Opening Times

Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00


Boat ride: US$ 10

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)