Golden Gate Bridge Parking

Last Updated: March 28, 2016

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most visited attractions in San Francisco. Visitors can reach the bridge by driving, public transit, or ferry.

About the Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge opened to pedestrians and vehicular traffic in 1937 after four years of construction. The project was a massive undertaking. There are 600,000 rivets in each tower and 10 different contractors contributed to its construction. It connects the city of San Francisco to Marin County, and boasts one of the longest suspension spans in the world. Today it stands as icon in San Francisco, a must see for visitors and a gathering place for Bay Area residents.

Things to Know

  • There are parking lots located on the southeast and northeast side of the bridge. These are great options for parking and walking across the bridge.
    • Southeast Visitor Parking Lot
      • There are 37 parking spaces, including 26 general spaces, 6 bus stalls, and 3 spaces for visitors with disabilities
      • Metered parking costs $0.25 per 15 minutes
      • A nearby satellite lot parking is available for $5 per day on weekend and holidays
    • Northeast Visitor Parking Lot
      • Has free parking with a four hour limit
  • Most San Francisco bus tour companies offer drop-off and pick-up from the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Many cross the bridge by bike; bicycle rental options can be found in the nearby Marina District or Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods, which is a great choice to avoid potentially full parking lots
  • Parking is extremely limited, so it may be wise to park nearby and opt for public transit to the bridge
  •  Transit to the south end of the bridge:
    • Downtown: GGT bus – Routes 10, 70, and 101. Board at Main & Folsom streets or along Mission Street.
    • Union Square: GGT bus – Routes 10, 70, and 101. Board at Mission & 5th streets.
    • Fisherman’s Wharf: GGT bus – Routes 2, 4, 8, 18, 24, 27, 38, 44, 54, 56, 58, 72, 74, and 76. Board along North Point Street
    • Civic Center: GGT bus – Routes 10, 70, 92, 93, and 101. Board at 7th & Market streets.
  • Transit to the north end of the bridge:
    • Downtown or Union Square: GGT Bus – Route 10. Board at Main & Folsom streets or along Mission Street.
    • Civic Center: GGT Bus – Routes 10 or 92. Board at 7th & Market streets.

Photo Opportunities

  • Vista Point, on the north side of Golden Gate Bridge, offers the best views of the bridge. Parking and restrooms are available.
  • Fort Point, at the south base of the bridge, offers unique views (and a free parking lot)

More Resources

Official Golden Gate Bridge website