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Public Transit

red-alertParking is extremely limited at the Golden Gate Bridge—take public transit or a rideshare instead! If you must drive to the Bridge, don’t leave valuables in your vehicle! Visit our Park Smart at the GGB page for tips to avoid auto theft. 

red-alertGGB parking lots are closed to vehicles on weekends and holidays from 11AM to 5PM. This includes Vista Point at the north end and the Welcome Center and Merchant Road lots at the south end. Visitors are encouraged to arrive by other means (public transit, rideshare, etc.). For more information, go to our Public Transit page. 


Taking public transit to the Golden Gate Bridge is the best way to get to the Bridge because parking is extremely limited and there are ongoing construction projects at or near the Bridge.

Accessing the South End of the Bridge

At the southeast end of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can experience many new visitor experiences—a  Welcome Center with one-of-a-kind merchandise, the Bridge Café, restrooms, and a number of incredible photography/viewing points.

  • From San Francisco to/from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge:
    • Golden Gate Transit (Bus Schedules & Maps):
      • To/from Downtown or Union Square: Board any GGT bus (Routes 30, 70, and 101) at Salesforce Transit Center (Bus Plaza, Bay A) or along Mission Street (north side of the street, GGT marked stops only). All buses serve the northbound Toll Plaza bus stop.
      • To/from Civic Center: Board any GGT bus (Routes 30, 70, and 101) at 7th & Market streets or across the street from City Hall at McAllister & Polk streets. All buses serve the northbound Toll Plaza bus stop.
      • To/from Fisherman’s Wharf: During weekday afternoons, board any GGT bus (Routes 27, 54, and 72) along North Point Street (north side of the street, GGT marked stops only). All buses serve the northbound Toll Plaza bus stop. At all other times, walk or take Muni’s 49 bus line to Van Ness & Union and board any GGT bus (Routes 30, 70, and 101) at the northbound bus stop.
  • From Marin and Sonoma counties to/from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge:
    • Golden Gate Transit: All GGT routes serve the southbound Toll Plaza bus stop. To return to Marin or Sonoma counties, board any of these same routes at the northbound Toll Plaza bus stop.

Accessing the North End of the Bridge

The north end of the Bridge (also called Vista Point) offers many photo opportunities and has restrooms for visitors.

  • From San Francisco to/from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge:

    • Golden Gate Transit (Bus Schedules & Maps):
      • To/from Downtown or Union Square: Board Route 30 at Salesforce Transit Center (Bus Plaza, Bay A) or along Mission Street (north side of the street, GGT marked stops only). Remain on board until the first stop after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. A walkway leads from the bus stop back south to Vista Point. When the bus is on the Bridge, be sure to request the next stop by pressing the overhead button or pulling the cord near the window. After walking across the Bridge, visitors can return to Downtown or Union Square by boarding Routes 30, 70, or 101 at the southbound Toll Plaza bus stop, which is adjacent to the Administration Building.
      • To/from Civic Center: Board Route 30 at 7th & Market Streets or across the street from City Hall at McAllister & Polk streets. Remain on board until the very first stop after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. A walkway leads from the bus stop back south to the Vista Point. When the bus is on the Bridge, be sure to request the next stop by pressing the overhead button or pulling the cord near the window. After walking across the Bridge, visitors can return to the Civic Center by boarding Routes 30, 70, or 101 at the southbound Toll Plaza bus stop, which is adjacent to the Administration Building.
  • From Marin and Sonoma counties to/from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge:
    • Golden Gate Transit: Take any GGT bus to the southbound Toll Plaza bus stop. Cross beneath Highway 101 to the northbound bus stop. Board Route 30 and ride to the first stop after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. A walkway leads from the bus stop back south to Vista Point. When the bus is on the Bridge, be sure to request the next stop by pressing the overhead button or pulling the cord near the window. After walking across the Bridge, visitors can return to Marin or Sonoma counties from the northbound Toll Plaza bus stop.

Trip-Planning Assistance

  • Trip-Planning Assistance: Golden Gate Transit trip-planning assistance is available Mondays through Fridays, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., by calling 511 and saying "Golden Gate Transit," then "operator," or by using the Google Trip Planner

SF Muni trip-planning assistance is available by calling 311 or visiting www.sfmta.com.


Tour Buses

Taking a tour bus is one of the best ways to experience the Bridge. Most tour companies offer convenient pick up and drop off locations throughout the city. A few even let you hop on and hop off so you can design your own itinerary!

The City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, and San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau websites all offer useful information for visitors.

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