|Find out where to get tickets inadvance and how to get to the park by ferry boat. Also tells how to get there by car, train, BART, and by bus.|
This is where you can purchase tickets for the ferry or pick up tickets that you ordered on the phone. The sign that says Alcatraz is where the ticket booths are located and you catch the ferry just behind this building. They have a package deal that includes the following, ferry fare to and from Vallejo, plus bus fare to and from the park, and admission to the park. For ticket information call the Blue and Gold Fleet (415) 773-1188.
Ferry service plus bus to Six Flags Marine World is only available during the Summer, June through August.
During the rest of the rest of the season you can get there by using the following transportation from San Francisco.
BY CAR: Take I-80 North from San Francisco to Vallejo, then take Marine World Parkway (Hwy 37) to the park.
BY BART: Take the Richmond Train to El Cerrito Del Norte Station, from there you will have to go by bus. Call BartLink at 707-648-4666 (for shuttle information).
BY BUS You can catch the Grayhound bus at 425 Mission, call 415-495-1569 for bus schedule. When you get to Vallejo the bus connects with Vallejo Transit, ask the bus driver where to transfer. You can call Vallejo Transit at 707-643-7661.
For travel to the Six Flags Marine World Amusement Park you can take the ferry boat from Pier 41, it is located right next to Pier 39. If you have made your reservations in advance this is where you catch your ferry boat. After you ride the ferry to Vallejo you transfer to a bus that takes you to the park entrance.
The ferry that we are riding has two cabins and this is the lower cabin. There are windows in the front to look out and see where you are going, and there is a snack bar in the rear. The upper cabin only has windows on the sides of the boat, but in the rear there is a door that leads to a deck that you can sit on.
It is about thirty miles to Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo and the Bay Links Ferry makes the trip in 55 minutes. The ferry travels at 35 knots per hour, which equals about 40 miles per hour land speed. The reason this catamaran boat travels so fast is because it has two hulls and two waterjet engines that propell it. The boat goes so fast that you are unable to stand by the side rails, of the outside rear deck, because the wind force is so strong. (Try it if you don't believe me, but hang on to your hat, I lost mine.)
The first large island we pass is called Angel Island, and it is a State Park. The buildings you see are what is left of The Immigration Station at China Cove, "The Ellis Island of the West".
For the last ten minutes of our trip the ferry slows down to snails pace of 5 about miles per hour. This is just about the only time you can go out on the rear deck and enjoy it. In this picture you can see the two seperate hulls on the boat a little better.
We are now at the Vallejo Dock, and after you get off the ferry move to where the bus is parked and get on. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Six Flags Marine World, and when you get there remember where you got off the bus because that is where you catch your bus back.
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