Commuters headed from Richmond to San Francisco now have one additional option for crossing San Francisco Bay with six ferries running each way, seven days a week.

The ferry service started Jan. 3 with four boats going to the city each weekday morning, starting at 6:10 a.m. Two boats head in that direction in the evening at 5:15 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.

Then on the weekend, two boats go to San Francisco and back each morning, with four round trips in the evening.

A full schedule is available online at

The trip takes an estimated 35 minutes each way. The fare for adults is $9 each way, but Clipper Card users will be charged a discounted fair of $6.75. Adults over 65, disabled adults and youth ages 5 to 18 will only be charged $4.50.

The Richmond Ferry Terminal is listed at 1453 Harbour Way South. It’s accessible by mass transit, bicycle and car by Interstate  580. Free parking is available in an adjacent lot.

To celebrate the launch of this new commuter service, city and transit officials were on hand Jan. 3 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and short rides around the harbor on a ferry vessel.

Story originally published by Bay City News.