3 Fun Seaplane Tours in San Francisco

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published July 8, 2024

A seaplane is a unique and exciting way to see the sights of San Francisco from a completely different perspective. 


San Francisco is one of the USA’s most fascinating cities. From bohemian neighbourhoods to iconic mountain-like streets, the North California city is iconic, with a smorgasbord of things to do and see. However, the best way to see the city has to be a seaplane ride, taking off from the bay and flying over the world-famous landmarks such as Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Downtown and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. These seaplane rides might not be as expensive as you think too.

San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

The Golden Gate is arguably San Francisco’s most famous landmark and this seaplane tour allows you to see this one-mile wide suspension bridge in all its glory from the sky. Round-trip transfers are included, taking you from Fisherman’s Wharf to the seaplane base in Mill Valley. After take-off you’ll enjoy incredible views of the city, its steep hills, trolley cars and historic buildings, before flying over the Golden Gate Bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime picture opportunity. Finally the seaplane soars over Angel Island and Alcatraz, as well as heading over the pretty towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito. From €276.78.

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San Francisco: Seaplane Flight with Champagne

For a spot of romance this seaplane flight has you covered. During a 40-minute flight you’ll also fly over the Golden Gate bridge and the most famous landmarks in San Francisco, but as you fly through the air Mumm champagne will flow, making this an extra special experience with a loved one. After flying over the bridge, the seaplane flies around the bay, over Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, and Aquatic Park, before finally heading east towards the State Park of Angel Island. If you want to mark a special occasion while in San Francisco, this is the way to do it. From €360.09.

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San Francisco Seaplane Ride, Norcal Coastal Tour, 1 Hour

For this excursion, you’ll meet your trained pilot at the bohemian Sausalito Village before setting off for an hour-long tour above Northern California’s glorious coastline. You’ll not only see the natural beauty of the area but also take in some of the famous (and infamous) sights along the way, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Downtown San Fran, The Giants’ AT&T Park and Alcatraz. During this flight in a six passenger DHC-2 Beaver Aircraft, there is also the chance to see marine life, including porpoises and whales, from the air – it is an unforgettable experience. From €368.16.

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