Golden Gate Bridge

Visiting Golden Gate Bridge: 7 Things You Need To Know

Whether you’re living in San Francisco or just visiting, it’s hard to miss the Golden Gate Bridge. The iconic span that bridges the Golden Gate Strait can be enjoyed from many spots in the city, however, it’s best explored on foot or by bike.

Here’s a handy guide to visiting the bridge…

Visiting Golden Gate Bridge: Things You Need To Know

1. What’s so special about the Golden Gate Bridge?

Completed in 1937 the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. At the time of construction, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world (2.7km). A truly remarkable build for this period of time given the strong currents, winds and fog and not to forget the depth of water in the Golden Gate Strait.

In 2011 the American Society of Civil Engineers chose the Golden Gate Bridge for inclusion in its Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

2. How do I get there?

A number of buses will take you close to the Golden Gate Bridge. The bus that drives you directly to the Golden Gate Bridge is Muni Bus #28-19th Avenue. You can get this bus around Fisherman’s Wharf and from the Golden Gate Park.

3. How much will it cost?


4. How long will it take?

On average takes about 35 minutes to walk each way. If you plan on cycling it will take anywhere between 10-25 minutes depending on the weather and what speed you go!

5. When is the best time to go?

The best months to visit the Golden Gate Bridge are September and October as the temperature is still warm and it’s less foggy. During the summer months, the fog is heavy and can be difficult to see the bridge. Visiting in the afternoon is the best time after the morning fog has cleared.

Golden Gate Bridge

6. Where will I get the best photos?

  1. Battery East Parking Lot
  2. Fort Baker
  3. Fort Point
  4. Marin Headlands

7. Any insider tips?

  1. If you bike on the East sidewalk, you have to yield to pedestrians. It’s recommended slowing down when you get to the towers as it’s hard to see the pedestrians on those points.
  2. If you want to bike the bridge, there are no bike rental shops located close to the bridge, you’ll have to rent from Fisherman Wharf and cycle to the bridge from there.
  3. If you opt for an electric bike, you can only use them if you manually peddle and turn off the battery.
  4. Check the weather forecast for fog and wind.

Golden Gate Bridge

Siobhan McKenny