Fares & Tickets

San Francisco Bay Ferry operates on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are only available for special service to Oracle Park and Chase Center.

Our ferry routes fall into the following zones:

  • Zone 1: Alameda Seaplane, Harbor Bay, Oakland & Alameda, Richmond
  • Zone 2: South San Francisco
  • Zone 3: Vallejo
  • Short Hop: Pier 41 Short Hop, Alameda Short Hop
  Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Short Hops
Clipper/Mobile Ticket $4.50 $6.75 $9.00 $1.00
Discount Clipper/Mobile Ticket* $2.25 $3.25 $4.50 $0.50
Paper Ticket $5.75 $8.50 $11.25 $1.25
Discount Paper Ticket^ $2.75 $4.25 $5.50 $0.50
Children under 5 FREE FREE FREE FREE
* Discount Clipper includes Clipper START, RTC Clipper, Senior Clipper and Youth Clipper. For mobile tickets, use the discount paper ticket categories and verification methods listed below.
^ Discount paper tickets can be used by those 65 or older, 17 or younger or those with Medicare cards or DMV disabled parking placards.

Ticketing for our sports services are handled differently.

For all non-sports service, we have three ways to pay your fare.

How to Pay Fares


Clipper is the Bay Area’s regional transit fare media. For San Francisco Bay Ferry, this is the easiest payment option that guarantees the cheapest fare. Get a card or download the app and add value at a self-service machine or retail location or order one online.

Clipper is the only way to get transfer discounts if you use multiple transit providers on your commute.

If you can, you should use Clipper. It will save you time and money.

San Francisco Bay Ferry is now officially a part of the regional Clipper START program offering discounted transit fares to eligible lower-income Bay Area residents. Learn more about Clipper START.

Mobile Tickets on Passage: Transit Ticketing

If you don’t have a Clipper Card, you can download the Passage: Transit Ticketing app on your smartphone and buy individual tickets. This allows fast, touchless payment for boarding the ferry. This is great option if you're traveling with a group of riders: one person can download the app, buy multiple tickets and activate them together to get everyone in the party on board.

Paper Tickets

You can purchase paper tickets at one of our ticket offices or on board the ferry with cash or credit card. For the Vallejo route, onboard tickets will not be sold when the Vallejo Ferry Ticket Office is open.

Our ticket office locations are:

Vallejo Ferry Ticket Office, 289 Mare Island Way in Vallejo

  • Open weekdays from 5:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Open weekends from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bay Crossings in the Ferry Building (Shop 22), Downtown San Francisco

  • Mondays: Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: Open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays: Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fridays: Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sundays: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hours are seasonal and subject to change.

School Groups

San Francisco Bay Ferry offers discounted fares for school groups. Reservations and prior approval are required. See more information and apply on our School Groups page.