Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District


Updated August 17, 2009


Golden Gate Transit, Golden Gate Ferry & Golden Gate Bridge:
Regular Weekday Operations

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During the BART strike, East Bay commuters have several choices to access San Francisco via Marin County. At this time, both Golden Gate Transit (GGT) buses and Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) vessels have some available capacity on commute services, operating during peak morning and afternoon hours, connecting Marin and Sonoma counties with San Francisco. For commute services, GGT and GGF are currently operating at about 80% of available capacity, leaving about 20% availability, depending on the route. During off-peak periods, more capacity is available.


OPTION 1: Ride Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry

Golden Gate Ferries depart the Golden Gate Larkspur Terminal daily. The Terminal is located at 101 East Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Larkspur, CA, located just over the I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, near San Quentin Prison.

LARKPSUR FERRY WEEKDAY DEPARTURES: Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry will operate an additional high-capacity (715 passengers) weekday trip departing Larkspur at 7:30am during the BART strike. This is in addition to regularly scheduled Larkspur weekday departures to San Francisco in the morning at 5:50, 6:35, 7:10, 7:50, 8:20, 9:15, 10:10, 11:10, and 11:40 am. Ferries return from San Francisco to Larkspur in the afternoon/evening at 3:00, 3:35, 4:25, 4:50, 5:20, 5:55, 6:20, 7:20, 8:10, 8:50 and 9:35 pm. On weekdays, the travel time is 30 minutes. For complete daily schedules: visit or call 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit”) or 711 for TDD.

LARKSPUR FERRY ONE-WAY FARES: The Adult fare is $7.85; TransLink fare is $4.90; youth, senior and persons with disabilities fare is $3.90. See complete fare tables.

LARKPSUR FERRY PARKING: The parking lot at Larkspur Ferry Terminal is free and the lot can fill-up early on weekday mornings. On non-Giants baseball game days, we have about 75 spaces still available in the morning. Overflow parking will be available at the nearby lot at the Marin Airporter. Parking is NOT allowed in the Larkspur Landing Shopping Center.

OVERFLOW PARKING is available in the UPPER LOT behind the Marin Airporter terminal building. There are about 150 parking spaces here for $4/day. Travel west on I-580 across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Take the “Sir Francis Drake Blvd.” exit and travel east past San Quentin Prison. At the first traffic signal, make a right turn onto Larkspur Landing Circle and continue for about one half mile to the Marin Airporter terminal which is on the right. When entering, you will receive a machine-issued parking ticket; the cost is $4/day. Allow 15 minutes to walk safely across the street to the Larkspur Terminal and allow time to purchase tickets if you are not using TransLink.

Travel west on I-580 across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and take the “Sir Francis Drake Blvd.” exit and turn left at the second traffic signal into the Terminal. It is located just west of San Quentin Prison.


OPTION 2: Ride Golden Gate Transit (GGT) Bus Service

GGT Routes 40 and 42 operates from 5:45 am to 11:45 pm weekdays and 7:15 am to 10:15 pm on weekends. Service operates between El Cerrito del Norte BART and the San Rafael Transit Center at Third and Hetherton Streets in downtown San Rafael. Route 42 also serves Richmond BART.

During the BART strike, GGT stops at both the El Cerrito del Norte BART and Richmond BART stations will be relocated to temporary stops: at the El Cerrito del Norte BART station, GGT will stop at Kearney St. & Cutting Blvd., and at the Richmond BART station, GGT will serve the AC Transit stop located at MacDonald & 15th St.

From the San Rafael Transit Center, transfer to GGT buses to San Francisco. Routes 26, 27, and 44 serve the Financial District, and Routes 54, 70, 80, and 101 serve Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street.

Commuting from the City of Vallejo and Solano County

If commuting from the City of Vallejo or Solano County to San Francisco, catch GGT Route 56 at the Rowland Blvd. Park-and-Ride Lot (248 parking spaces) off Highway 101 in Novato. Take Highway 37 west to Highway 101 north, exit at Rowland Boulevard, and enter the Park-and-Ride lot by taking a slight left across the intersection.

Other GGT Bus Options

Catch GGT bus from park-and-ride lots with space available:

Petaluma:        Washington Street at Fairgrounds, Routes 80 and 101

Novato:           U.S. Highway 101 at Rowland Blvd., Route 56

Hamilton:        Hamilton Theater on Palm Drive, Route 58

San Rafael:      U.S. Highway 101 at Smith Ranch Road, Routes 44, 54, 58, 70, and 80

GGT adult cash fares range from $4.80 to $8.40 depending upon origin and destination. TransLink users pay discounted fares ranging from $3.84 to $6.72. Youth, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities receive 50% off the adult cash fare. See complete fare tables.


OPTION: 3 Drive the Golden Gate Bridge


Take the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge westbound. Take the second exit, "101 South/San Francisco/Sir Francis Drake Boulevard” to Hwy 101. If you miss this exit, take the Central San Rafael exit and double-back under the freeway and head south on Hwy 101. Travel south to the Golden Gate Bridge. To return to the East Bay, motorists can take one of two northbound exits off Hwy 101 to access I-580 Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The first northbound exit to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge I-580 is right after the Lucky Drive exit and says “Richmond Bridge.” The second Richmond-San Rafael Bridge I–580 exit is the very next exit to the north, which says “Richmond Bridge/Francisco Blvd/I-580.”


Tolls are collected in the southbound direction only. The toll rates for two-axel vehicles are: FasTrak $5.00 and cash $6.00. Toll rates for additional axles are $3.00 cash or $2.50 FasTrak. On the Golden Gate Bridge, FasTrak-Only lanes are located on the left side of the toll plaza AND all toll lanes accept FasTrak. Carpools of THREE or more and motorcycles are FREE weekdays, except holidays, between 5 am and 9 am and between 4 pm and 6 pm. The Golden Gate Bridge does not have a dedicated carpool traffic lane.


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