At the end of Market Street, lies the Ferry Building, which was constructed in 1898 as the main transit hub. Today, many high-end local businesses line the inside of this San Francisco icon. On most days, it features cooking demonstrations and nearly 100 stands selling the season's best produce, meats and cheeses. The Ferry Building is great place for a stroll and eating at many of the restaurants overlooking the bay and seeing what San Francisco is about.

All points lead to the Ferry Building. Located at the northern end of Market Street, the clock tower, modeled after 12th century Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain, is one of the most prominent points in the city's skyline. Once built as a transit terminal, today the Ferry Building houses one of the city's best farmer's markets and many artisanal, delicious food options within its beautiful interior.

Originally built in 1898, the Ferry Building was the second busiest transit terminal in the world. After the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge were completed in 1937, traffic to the hub sharply declined. Only after the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Embarcadero Freeway was replaced with the current boulevard, was the great clock tower once again visible in the skyline. Once the full remodel in 2003 was completed and the marketplace was opened, the building returned to its former glory.

For additional information, contact the Ferry Building Marketplace at www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com.

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General Visitor Info

The Ferry Building Marketplace is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street. It is the center of a transit hub that connects all of San Francisco's neighborhoods and the surrounding bay communities.

The Ferry Building is open from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the Ferry Building is open from 9 AM to 6 PM and 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays.

For a complete list of stores and businesses within the Ferry Building, please visit their website at www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/merchant_list.php.

Tours of the Ferry Building are given through San Francisco City Guides. Tours are free and start at noon on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Tours coincide with the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. For more information, visit www.sfcityguides.org.

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How to Get There

The Ferry Building is one of the most accessible locations in the city. You can reach via all BART lines and the following MUNI lines:

F - T Lines
California Cable Car Line
Most MUNI Bus lines

For additional information, routes and schedules, please visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency or call 415.673.6864.

Surrounding Neighborhoods

Fisherman’s Wharf 
North Beach
SOMA / Yerba Buena

Get more information on the neighborhoods here.

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Did You Know?

- The Ferry Building's steel foundation is extremely dependable. It survived both the 1906 and the 1989 earthquakes.
- The first scheduled arrival to the building was in July of 1898.
- As many as 50,000 people commuted by ferry during the buildings early heyday.