Cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf, past Aquatic Park and Crissy Field, and across Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito on this scenic San Francisco bike tour. The ride is led by a fun local guide, and great for novice riders. After the tour, return to the city by ferry or bike back. The bikes are yours to enjoy for the rest of the day.
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What time does the tour leave?
The tour departs daily at 10am. Guests should arrive at least 45 minutes before departure time in order to complete their paperwork and get fitted to their bike. The tour will take 2.5 to 3 hours as you are guided along the San Francisco waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge and into sunny Sausalito. The tour departs from Bay City Bike Rental & Tours' Fisherman’s Wharf Tour Center, located at 2661 Taylor Street.
What are the hours of operation?
Bay City Bike Rentals open every day at 8am, daily. Store closing hours vary by location and by season. Please confirm closing times during check-in at the facility.
They are open 365 days, rain or shine, including holidays.
Where does the tour go?
The tour starts in Fisherman’s Wharf and rides along the beautiful homes and marina waterfront. As you ride through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area you will see the Presidio and Crissy Field. There is a bathroom / coffee break along the way, and then you continue up to the Golden Gate Bridge. You will cross the majestic Golden Gate Bridge (with plenty of stops for pictures) and ride down into Sunny Sausalito where the tour concludes. Riders are then free to enjoy the quaint town of Sausalito, grab a bite to eat, and check out the quirky shops. When you are ready to come back you can bring your bike back on the ferry and return to San Francisco (ferry ticket sold separately.) Bay City Bikes also offers a $10-fee bike drop off in Sausalito for those who wish to leave their bikes there.
Are the bike and helmet included in the tour?
Absolutely! In fact, after the guided tour ends you may enjoy a free, bonus bike rental for the rest of the day. Helmets are always included complimentary and Bay City Bikes highly recommends all riders wear one.
Is this tour suitable for children?
This is a beginner to intermediate tour and is suitable for all ages. They offer a variety of kid’s equipment in order to ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable on this tour (Bay City Bikes have tag-alongs, child seats, trailers, and independent kid’s bikes.) When you arrive to check in for your tour, they will get you fitted to the bike that suits you best.
Can I bring my pet on the tour?
Service animals are allowed on the tour.
How many people are typically on the tour?
It depends on the season, day of the week, and the tour! The maximum number of participants in a given group are 25 riders.
Are electric bikes necessary for this tour?
Electric bikes are not necessary but very helpful! They are pedal-assist bikes that give you a boost as you go uphill/while you ride. It is certainly doable without the electric bike, but there are very few hills along the way. Those who use an electric bike will be able to zip up the hill with no problem!
How do most people get back from Sausalito?
Most people ferry as the 2-mile downhill into Sausalito from the Golden Gate Bridge is uphill on the way out!
Can I take the ferry after the tour?
Normally there are ferries running 7 days a week back from Sausalito and Tiburon multiple times a day. During COVID-19, the ferry runs Friday-Sunday at 12:30, 2:30, and 5:30 pm. Visit the Sausalito Ferry website for more information on their operating hours.
Do I need to purchase tickets for trips that need ferries?
Ferry tickets are available for purchase at their facilities' shop counters, and are recommended to save time at boarding. That said, tickets can always be purchased on the boat in either Sausalito or Tiburon. A ferry ride is $16.
Can we leave the bikes in Sausalito after the tour?
Yes, Bay City Bikes has a drop-off station in Sausalito where you can leave the bikes and they pick them up for you for a $10 fee. It is not booked in advance but does require you to have a phone to call Bay City Bikes when you're ready to drop the bike off in Sausalito. Please inquire with one of their team members or your tour guide when you check-in for the tour for more information or to be shown where the drop-off station is.
What should I wear?
Weather in San Francisco can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood! The atmosphere can be sunny one minute and then foggy the next- and that being said, it's almost always sunny and ten degrees warmer in Sausalito! Bay City Bike Rentals always recommend layers: dress comfortably enough for your bike ride but also consider the variations in the San Francisco weather. Bringing water and sunscreen are recommended.
The bikes have rear racks & bungees to strap down any extra layers. Ponchos for rainy weather are available for purchase at their shops.
Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot or how do I arrange it?
There is an option to be picked up from and dropped off at your hotel. Call Bay City Bike Rentals to ask for the rates and arrangement inquiries.
Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?
There are many garages and parking lots throughout Fisherman’s Wharf, two of which are the Northpoint Shopping Center Garage and the Longshoremen's Union Hall Parking Lot. Parking costs vary by the garage and you can visit the Fisherman's Wharf website for more information on their rates.
There is also metered parking throughout the Wharf area. Bay City Bike Rentals does not validate parking tickets.
Are there restrooms available?
Restrooms are available at the Bay City Bike Rentals facilities.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Transportation and surfaces are wheelchair accessible.
What do I do if something goes wrong with the bike during my rental?
You can call their emergency hotline for bike related emergencies.