The Golden Gate & Sausalito Bike Tour


  • 8 miles (13km)
  • 270 ft (82m)
  • 2.5 – 3 hrs
  • Bike riders on guided bike tour stopping for Alcatraz views in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

    See Alcatraz from land on the tour, and if you prefer, by ferry on the way back from Sausalito.

  • Bike tour riding through Fort Mason near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

    Ride through some of San Francisco’s most beautiful parklands, including Fort Mason.

  • Biker standing in front of Fort Mason with Golden Gate Bridge in the background, San Francisco

    The views of the Golden Gate Bridge get better and better the closer we get to the bridge.

  • Guided bike tour riding through Fort Mason with cypress trees behind them, San Francisco

    Fort Mason, a park on San Franciso’s northern waterfront, sits between bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and the cool, calm Marina district.

  • Guided bike tour stop at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

    The Palace of Fine Arts, in San Francisco’s Marina District, was a “temporary” structure built for a 1915 world’s fair. It’s safe to say it isn’t going anywhere.

  • People on guided tour of Golden Gate Bridge talking

    We stop for plenty of photos on our way to and over the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Group of cyclists standing near Fort Point with Golden Gate Bridge in background, San Francisco

    With San Francisco’s mild maritime climate, it’s hard to know if this picture was taken in summer or winter. (spoiler: it was winter)

  • Cyclists with Golden Gate Bridge in background

    Built in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is proof they just don’t build them like they used to.

  • Cyclists riding on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

    Biking over the Golden Gate Bridge is a bucket-list worthy experience. With the Pacific Ocean to your left, San Francisco Bay to your right, and the Marin Headlands in front of you, there’s plenty to take in.

  • 3 cyclists and their bikes on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

    The bridge offers plenty of safe places to stop for epic photo sessions.

If you don’t see this tour running on your preferred date, please contact us, and we’ll add it, if possible.

What You’ll Explore

A ride over the Golden Gate Bridge is unlike any other. It really doesn’t get any more picturesque: parklands, beaches, views of the city, and a descent down to the beautiful bayside town of Sausalito all await. And of course, the main event: the ride over California’s most famous landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge: ocean to your left, San Francisco Bay to your right, and the Marin headlands directly ahead.

The tour starts in Fisherman’s Wharf and finishes in Sausalito, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Once the tour finishes in Sausalito,
guests are encouraged to have lunch in Sausalito and bring their bikes on the ferry back to San Francisco. The Blue & Gold Fleet ferry disembarks in Fisherman’s Wharf, about 5 minutes from our starting location. You can use the bikes to explore the rest of the day; bikes just need to be back at the shop before closing time.

Our Golden Gate tour minimizes the hills and uses the gentlest ascents possible. This tour is designed for anyone comfortable on a bike with a modest level of fitness. There are exactly two hills on this tour: (1) a short hill over Fort Mason and (2) the climb up to the bridge. If any of our tour guests prefer to walk up those hills, we’re all for it.

We don’t stop for lunch on this tour, so we encourage you to bring a snack. If you’re taking the morning tour, consider eating lunch in Sausalito after the tour finishes.

$5 discount for students, teachers, and military

Start & Finish

This tour starts in Fisherman’s Wharf at San Francisco Bicycle Rentals at 725 Jefferson Street (The Cannery). It finishes in the picturesque seaside town of Sausalito, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. After the tour finishes in Sausalito, you are free to use your bike for the rest of the day on your own. To get back to San Francisco, you can take a ferry (bringing your bike with you) or ride back to San Francisco. Ferry tickets back to San Francisco are an optional way to return to the city and an additional charge. Please return your bike to the start location at 725 Jefferson Street.

Neighborhoods & Areas Visited

  • Fisherman’s Wharf: A neighborhood catering to tourists and the most convenient starting location for a ride over the bridge to Sausalito.
  • Fort Mason: Former army post now boasts public space, a busy park, and a youth hostel.
  • The Marina: Ah, the good life: beautiful homes, quiet streets, and views of the bay.
  • Crissy Field: A former military runway, this open space has stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is a favorite play area for dogs and humans alike.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge: Built in 1937 and almost 1.7 miles long, the bridge is and always will be San Francisco’s most famous icon.
  • Sausalito: Small and scenic, Sausalito has splendid views of San Francisco, delicious lunch spots, and beautiful bayside homes.

Bike Type

City Bike with 7-8 speeds & upright sitting position. Regular and “step-through” frame styles available. Brands include Public, Specialized, Breezer, and Civia in a variety of colors.

Bike Tour Map

Need to Know

  • Prices include bicycle and helmet. Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide.
  • Booking for one person? Great – we love solo travelers! Please note we require 2 or more participants to run a tour. If you are the only one booked the day before a tour, we may ask you to move to a different tour or give you a full refund.

This is our easiest “regular” bike tour, however, you are still riding a bike and going up some minor hills. We ride at a casual pace and make frequent stops.

We take safety very seriously. Our tours take you on San Francisco’s safest bike lanes, bike routes, and quiet streets. We provide safety instructions before each tour. Helmets (provided) are mandatory.

Continue your Bicycle Adventure

We offer bike tour participants a 30% discount on bike rentals at our sister company CityRide Bike Rentals. We include a rental discount code in your bike tour confirmation email. Make sure to enter this code when reserving your bike rental online at the CityRide website. Please contact us if you don’t find it or have any questions.

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