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Directions & Parking

Directions

The Golden Gate Bridge is located on US Highway 101, providing a vital link between the City and County of San Francisco and the counties to the north. The Bridge does not have a physical address but it can be easily found on Google Maps or other online map services.

Parking is extremely limited at the southeast and northeast visitor areas of the Bridge, and ongoing construction projects in the area may temporarily close roads leading to the Bridge. Visitors are strongly encouraged to use a mode other than a personal vehicle to get to the Bridge. These include public transit, a tour bus, a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft, a rental bike, on foot, etc. 

If you must drive to the Bridge, we recommend downloading a free navigation app, like Waze (www.waze.com). These apps give drivers real-time information from Caltrans about road conditions, construction, and road closures.

Parking

Golden Gate Bridge Parking & Bus Stop MapClick the map at right for parking lot locations at the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge, closest to the main visitor areas. Additional nearby parking areas—in the Presidio and Crissy Field—are not shown in this map. 

Access to Southeast Side Visitor Parking Lot

This parking area has a range of visitor services, including a café, gift center, gardens, and an array of scenic vistas. Parking is metered ($0.25 per 15 minutes) with 37 spaces, including 26 general spaces, 6 bus stalls, and 3 accessible spaces for visitors with disabilities that have disabled placards. On weekends and holidays ONLY, additional parking is available in a nearby satellite lot on the southwest side at a rate of $5 per day.

  • Traveling south from Marin County: Follow US Highway 101 south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Tolls are now collected electronically - either by FasTrak or by Pay-By-Plate (visit our Tolls page for info on how to pay your toll!). Proceed through the far right toll lane #1, and make an immediate right exiting US Highway 101 just past the Toll Plaza onto Merchant Road.  Make an immediate right onto a roadway that goes down a short hill and into an underpass which leads directly into the southeast side visitor parking lot.
  • Traveling north from San Francisco: Take a right at the last San Francisco exit off US Highway 101 just before the Toll Plaza. The exit ramp sign reads, "Golden Gate National Recreation Area View Area."  Proceed to the stop sign and turn left into the southeast side visitor parking lot.

Access to Northeast Side Parking Lot

Free parking (with a four hour limit) and restrooms are the only amenities at this location.

  • Traveling south from Marin County: To access the parking lot on the northeast side of the Bridge, you must cross the Bridge, pay the toll and double back across the span. Follow US Highway 101 south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Have exact change ready to pay the appropriate toll, collected southbound only. Proceed through the far right toll lane #1, and make an immediate right exiting US Highway 101 just past the Toll Plaza onto Merchant Road. Make an immediate right onto a roadway that goes down a short hill and into an underpass which leads directly into the southeast side visitor parking lot. Drive through the visitor lot to the first stop sign and make a right to head to the on-ramp to the Bridge. Cross the Bridge and take the first exit called "Vista Point" and turn right into the parking lot.
  • Traveling north from San Francisco: Follow US Highway 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge. Take the first exit called "Vista Point" and turn right into the parking lot.

 

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