An island city in the heart of the Bay Area, Alameda is known for its tree-lined streets and quaint Victorian charm. Visit the beach or one of the many museums the city has to offer. Alameda is easily accessible via BART, AC Transit, or ferry service.
Day Trip: Crown Memorial State Beach
Three different ferry lines run between Alameda and San Francisco.
East Bay Alameda/Oakland Ferry
San Francisco Stops: Ferry Building,
Departures: About every hour (6:30 a.m. – 8:25 p.m. weekdays; 9:15 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. weekends)
Duration: 20 minutes
Cost: $6.25 (adults); $3.50 (children); $3.10 (seniors)
By Blue and Gold Fleet
San Francisco Stops: Ferry Building, Pier 41
Departures: Every hour to two hours (6:30 a.m. – 8:25 p.m. weekdays; 9:15 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. weekends and holidays)
Duration: 30-40 minutes
Cost: $6.25 (adults); $3.50 (children and seniors)
By Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry
San Francisco Stops: Ferry Plaza Gate E
Departures: Every hour 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. – 7:35 p.m (weekdays only)
Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: $6.50 (adults); $3.25 (children and seniors)
By BART/AC Transit
BART does not directly connect to Alameda, but you can take BART to Oakland’s Fruitvale or 12th Street stops and connect to one of several AC Transit lines that will take you into Alameda. Visit 511.org to map out an exact route to your destination. You can also rent a bike from the Fruitvale BART bike station and pedal your way to Alameda.