November 20, 2018

Holiday Parking Restrictions at the Golden Gate Bridge

On holidays and holiday weekends from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, come to the Bridge by bike, bus, or rideshare - just don't drive your personal vehicle.

To reduce traffic congestion and create a more pleasant experience during peak visitation, the Golden Gate Bridge District will restrict personal vehicle parking at the Bridge. These restrictions will be in place from Thursday, November 22 through Sunday, November 25 and Saturday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The closures begin at 11:00 a.m. and typically continue until 5:00 p.m.

During the closures, personal vehicles will not be permitted to park at the Welcome Center south end parking lot or at Caltrans' Vista Point north end parking lot.

To enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge during parking restriction hours:

  • Take public transit:
  • Travel by foot, bicycle, tour bus, corporate shuttle, taxi, or a ridesharing service such as Lyft or Uber.
  • Park in the overflow lots along Merchant Avenue, Lincoln Boulevard, and in the Presidio.

Tour buses will be allowed to park at both the Welcome Center and Vista Point lots. Taxis and rideshare vehicles will be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at the Welcome Center ONLY—they will not be allowed to enter Vista Point. In addition, no taxi or rideshare staging or waiting will be allowed and ridesharing vehicles will need proper identification.

The area affords many beautiful alternate locations to view the Bridge. A list of seven other lookout points can be found here:

Electronic signs will notify drivers of the lot closures in advance of the Bridge, and signs will also be placed on the Bridge itself leading up to the Vista Point exit.

This change from usual operations is the result of joint cooperation between Caltrans (which owns Vista Point and has issued a permit for these closures), the California Highway Patrol, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.