By Zach Chouteau
Along with offering ferry trips for commuters between Richmond and San Francisco, the Tideline ferry service is also offering trips to Giants games.
Based out of Sausalito, Tideline plans daily roundtrip commuter boat shuttles from Richmond’s Marina Bay to Pier 1.5 in San Francisco. When the San Francisco Giants are in town, the company runs an identical service from Marina Bay to Pier 40—getting fans to the game 30 minutes before game-time and returning them a half-hour following the final out.
“Consider your time, consider the cost and consider the enjoyment factor of getting to San Francisco by car or BART,” says Tideline President Nathan Nayman. “Now think about getting there in 30 minutes, being relaxed—and actually enjoying yourself getting there and getting home.”
Riders need to sign up 24 hours in advance, and the charges for the sleek water taxis are $11 each way for commuting trips and $35 roundtrip for Giant jaunts. The company also offers the McCovey Cove Floaters Club, a chance to watch the game on TV aboard the boat for those without tix—an experience that’s just $10 for those boarding at Pier 40 for just the game. Nayman says the $10 charge is dropped for those coming from Richmond and already paying the $35 roundtrip fare.
Tideline additionally runs the shuttles out of the Berkeley Marina, and also can arrange private charters for special outings and events. Its two larger water taxis, Osprey and Heron, can each hold up to 40 passengers, and their fleet also includes a comfy catamaran (Kestrel) that can transport 22.
Their regular commuter trips and jaunts to Giant games include refreshments and drinks for purchase, with coffee, beer and wine among the offerings.
To find out more, visit Tideline’s website at www.tidelinetickets.com.