Transit Accessible Attractions

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#17: San Francisco Ferry Building

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 9:45 AM

This week on Transit Accessible Attractions we will be talking about the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Every year, millions of visitors are welcomed to San Francisco by the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building is one of the best icons in San Francisco. Seen from miles, the Ferry Building sticks out into the San Francisco Bay. Appropriately named, the Ferry Building is the terminal of all major ferry services in the Bay Area. 

The Ferry Building features a 245-foot clock tower, with four massive clock dials, each reaching 22 feet in diameter. Completed in 1898, the Ferry Building has survived two major earthquakes.

The top floor of the Ferry Building is used as office space, but the bottom floor features the Ferry Building Marketplace, a wide collection of stores and restaurants In 2003, the 660-foot long Great Nave was repaired. In addition, the largest San Francisco Farmer's Market, the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market,  takes place on Saturdays, directly in front of the ferry building. 

The Ferry Building has, possibly, the greatest location in San Francisco. Located on the Embarcadero, you can see the Ferry Building dead ahead from Market Street. Which is why the Ferry Building is one of the most transit accessible attractions in the Bay Area.

MUNI's world-famous old streetcars, which run on the F Market & Wharves Line, stop right in front of the Ferry Building. The F Market Streetcars travel from the Castro Neighborhood, down Market Street, along the Embarcadero, and terminate at Fisherman's Wharf. The old streetcars is the best and most historic way to reach the Ferry Building.

Another method of historic transit includes the Cable Car! The California & Market Cable Care Line travels along California Street and terminates at Drumm & Market, providing quick access to the old streetcars and dozens of buses. The Drumm & Market Cable Car Stop is a couple blocks from the Ferry Building.

Embarcadero Station is located one block from the Ferry Building, on Market Street. Embarcadero Station is shared by BART and MUNI, providing direct access to people from San Francisco and people from the East Bay, Peninsula and beyond.

If you are riding CalTrain, exit at Millbrae Station and transfer to BART. Keep in mind that BART's Yellow Line does not terminate at Millbrae until 8 PM on weekdays. Use the Richmond (Red) Line during weekdays. 

Most ferry services in the bay area terminate at the Ferry Building, including the Golden Gate Ferry. To plan your trip, visit the 511 Transit Trip Planner.

Stay tuned next week to find out which attraction we'll feature next!

Categories: Landmarks, San Francisco, Shopping

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