Parking at Larkspur Ferry
There are two paid parking lots available at the Larkspur Ferry. The primary parking lot is located at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and has 1,800 parking spaces. An overflow parking lot located at 300 Larkspur Landing Circle and can accommodate 200 additional vehicles. As a safety reminder, when using the overflow lot, ALWAYS use crosswalks or the pedestrian overpass when walking to and from the main terminal.
During weekdays, it is best to arrive early in the morning because both lots tend to reach capacity by 9:00 AM and typically spots don’t start opening back up until 1:00 PM, when some riders starting returning from the city.
All parking spots are on a first come, first served basis for both daily and monthly permit holders.
The current Larkspur Ferry parking rates are as follows:
|Weekday||5:00 AM - 1:00 PM||$2.00|
|Weekday||After 1:00 PM||FREE|
|Monthly (w/ pre-paid permit)||All Day||$20.00|
Larkspur Ferry parking fees DO NOT apply on the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
Daily parking permits are valid for a 24-hour period. After 24 hours, vehicles are subject to fines and/or towing.
Parking pass violators, people who do not pay the daily fee or do not possess a valid monthly permit, will be subject to a fine of $45.
In response to customer feedback, ferry customers can get real-time updates when the Larkspur Terminal parking lots are at capacity by following us on Twitter (@GoldenGateFerry). Staff will tweet out alerts when the main Larkspur lot is full and when the overflow lot is full. In general, parking spaces begin to open up about 1:00 PM due to returning passengers.
Alternatives to Driving and Parking at the Larkspur Terminal
- Take a Shuttle to the Ferry Terminal. Larkspur Ferry shuttle Routes 25 and 31 are free for Larkspur Ferry customers and drop off/pick up inside the terminal in front of the fare gate and ticket machines. Route 25 operates during weekday morning and afternoon commutes along Sir Francis Drake Blvd to/from Fairfax/Manor (serving several Park & Ride lots too!—see bullet below). Route 31 operates daily to/from the San Rafael Transit Center/SMART Station.
- Ride Marin Transit to the Ferry Terminal. Marin Transit Route 29 operates weekday commute periods only between San Rafael and Marin General Hospital. Marin Transit Route 228 operates daily between the San Rafael Transit Center and Fairfax/Manor. Both routes drop off/pick up at the bus stop along Sir Francis Drake Blvd in front of the Ferry Terminal.
- Park at a Park & Ride Lot and Ride a Bus to the Ferry Terminal. There are Park & Ride lots within a mile of the Ferry Terminal that are served by bus/shuttle Routes 24, 25, 29, and 228—at Drakes Landing Office Park with capacity for 50 vehicles and at the northwest corner of the Bon Air Shopping Center with capacity for 70 vehicles. Golden Gate Transit Route 24 and Marin Transit Routes 29 and 228 serve both park & ride lots; Ferry shuttle Route 25 serves the Bon Air lot. There are also several Park & Ride lots under Hwy 101 in central San Rafael, with capacity for almost 200 vehicles; Routes 29, 31, and 228 provide connecting service to the Larkspur Terminal.
- Ride the SMART Train and Transfer to a Bus to the Ferry Terminal. The SMART train operates daily between northern Santa Rosa and downtown San Rafael, with stops in downtown Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, downtown Petaluma, Novato/Atherton, Novato/Hamilton, Marin Civic Center, and the San Rafael Transit Center. Connecting bus service is available from the Transit Center on Ferry shuttle Route 31 (see bullet above) and Marin Transit Routes 29 and 228 (see bullet above).
- Bike to the Ferry Terminal. Bicycles are welcome on board all Golden Gate Ferry vessels on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, the Larkspur Terminal has bike parking for up 140 bikes, including 80 secure bike spaces inside the paid waiting area and 60 bike spaces outside the waiting area.
- Walk to the Ferry Terminal. The Larkspur Terminal is within walking distance of several Greenbrae, Corte Madera, and Larkspur neigbhorhoods. Walking eliminates stress associated with driving and road congestion.
- Carpool to the Ferry Terminal. Carpool spaces at the Larkspur Terminal are located in Rows F and G and along the inner perimeter lane adjacent to motorcycle parking. A carpool is defined as a driver and at least one passenger. These spaces are subject to the parking fee.
- Use a Rideshare. 511’s RideMatch matches drivers and riders to share rides and the cost. It’s easy to use—learn more at 511’s RideMatch site. Other rideshare services like Lyft, Lyft Line, and Uber connect drivers with riders, sometimes even connecting a rider with other riders going the same route or to the same location.
Alternatives to Getting to San Francisco from the North Bay
- Ride Golden Gate Transit to SF. GGT operates frequent commute service from most North Bay communities and Park & Ride lots for a one-seat ride to San Francisco. GGT also operates midday service every hour from southern Marin on Route 4 and San Rafael on Route 27.
- Ride the SMART Train and Connect to a SF-bound GGT Bus. Many North Bay commuters are choosing to ride the SMART train to San Rafael and transferring to Golden Gate Transit for connecting bus service to downtown San Francisco.
- Ride Golden Gate Tiburon or Sausalito Ferry to SF. Tiburon Ferry operates during weekday commute periods only. Parking is available at several downtown Tiburon lots for a fee. Sausalito Ferry operates daily, all-day service. There are for-pay public parking lots adjacent to the Ferry Landing and metered parking on local streets.