Vallejo/Mare Island Ferry


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Vallejo/Mare Island Ferry
The Vallejo Ferry arriving at the San Francisco Ferry Building terminal

Information

The Vallejo/Mare Island Ferry, formerly Baylink Ferry and now operated by San Francisco Bay Ferry, provides ferry boat service between Mare Island, Vallejo, San Francisco Ferry Building and San Francisco Pier 41.

The ferry from Vallejo/Mare Island to San Francisco offers weekday commute service starting at 5:30 AM with the last departure leaving the terminal at 7:00 PM. Weekday ferry service from San Francisco to Vallejo/Mare Island begins at 6:35 AM and ends with the last departure at 8:15 PM from the San Francisco Ferry Building. Weekend service, as well as service on select holidays, is also available. However, the ferries start departing later and run much less frequently on weekends and holidays, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly.

A typical ferry ride between Vallejo and San Francisco Ferry Building is ~60 minutes, but tack on some extra time if you are starting your trip/commute at Mare Island or Pier 41. Departing/Arriving at either one of those locations usually adds another 10 minutes to the voyage.

Vallejo/Mare Island Ferry Amenities

WiFi

Because it is primarily a commuter service, all vessels on the Vallejo/Mare Island ferry route are equipped with WiFi on board. With that said, you are floating in the middle of the bay, so speeds and coverage are limited. You’ll encounter frequent dead spots making resource intensive computing nigh impossible. It is best suited for sending and reading emails or light web browsing. For anything more than that, you may want to invest in a personal hotspot through Verizon, AT&T or some other provider. Although, no guarantees with them either.

Snacks/Bar

Each ferry is equipped with a snack and beverage bar. You’ll find your typical snack fare such as candy and chips. On the morning commute routes, there will be some assorted pastries and donuts as well as coffee available for purchase. Soda and, if you’d like to imbibe after a grueling day at the office, alcohol can be bought on board. You do have the option of bringing your own bottles of wine and alcohol, but there is a corkage fee that needs to be paid. Otherwise, you’ll need to buy alcohol from the bar.

ADA Compliant

All ferries are ADA compliant. At least one wheelchair accessible restroom is available on every ferry boat and the staff on board is happy to provide assistance should you need it.

Bike Racks

Bicycles are allowed on the ferry and every ferry has a bike rack on board for storing your bicycle. All bicycles, including folding bikes, should be stored in the bike racks. However, if you are biking to the ferry, rack space may be limited, so be sure to arrive early to ensure you grab a space.

Electric bicycles and scooters are also allowed on the ferry and they should be stored in the same rack area as regular bicycles.


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