San Francisco: Transportation
San Francisco is an easily accessible city without the need of a personal automobile. ┬áFrom direct transit connections at San Francisco International Airport to multiple transportation options throughout the city, getting around is easier than you think.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is an extensive international and domestic airport with 29 international carriers and 15 domestic carriers serving over 100 nonstop destinations. ┬áBoth United Airlines and Virgin America call San Francisco home and each have unique features in each of their terminals. ┬áFor more information, visit www.flysfo.com
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is an easy, low-cost to get around the Bay Area. ┬áSimilar to a subway, BART provides convenient, daily service to many destinations and neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc.). ┬áBART serves both San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport across the bay. ┬áTravel times from SFO to downtown San Francisco (Embarcadero Station) is approximately 30 minutes and just under $9.00 one-way for an adult.
BART trains are announced by the last destination of the specific trainÔÇÖs route. ┬áFor example, departing SFO for points in San Francisco and the East Bay would be on a Pittsburg/Bay Point train as thatÔÇÖs the last stop of the route. ┬áWhile the route map shows each route in a different color, the trains use their destinations as designators.
BART generally operates from early morning hours (slightly later on weekends) to just shy of midnight for many stations. ┬áFor more information, visit www.bart.gov.
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) or commonly known as Muni, is San FranciscoÔÇÖs main operator of bus and light rail routes throughout the city. ┬áMuni touches all parts and neighborhoods of San Francisco. ┬áBus routes move about the entire city from early in the morning to late at night. ┬áThe busier routes also offer overnight Night Owl service. ┬áLight rail streetcar service offers convenient service from downtown on Market Street to various neighborhoods in San Francisco including the Sunset District, San Francisco Zoo and FishermanÔÇÖs Wharf.
Historic streetcars are used on the F Line which travels from Fisherman’s Wharf along the Embarcadero, past the Ferry Building and down Market Street to the Castro District.
San Francisco Cable Cars are one of San FranciscoÔÇÖs most iconic forms of transportation. ┬áThere are three cable car lines: the Powell-Hyde Line, the Powell-Mason Line and the California Line. The Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines both begin at Market Street and stop at Union Square. The Powell-Hyde Line ends near Ghiradelli Square, and the Powell-Mason Line ends at Bay Street in Fisherman’s Wharf. The California Street Line runs east-west from Van Ness Avenue to the Financial District. It crosses the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines at California Street/Powell Street in Nob Hill.
For more information on Muni including the famous Cable Cars, visit www.sfmta.com
Caltrain provides daily and convenient commuter train service from San Francisco down the San Francisco Peninsula to San Jose in the South Bay. ┬áSelected weekday trains continue south to Gilroy. ┬áCaltrain offers local, limited-stop and Baby Bullet train options. ┬áBaby Bullet trains generally travel between downtown San Francisco and San Jose in around an hour making only 4 to 6 stops along the way. ┬áFor more information, visit www.caltrain.org.
Amtrak serves the Bay Area with four different routes. ┬áWhile Amtrak trains donÔÇÖt serve downtown San Francisco directly, numerous connecting Thruway Buses connect with Amtrak trains in Emeryville, just across the bay. ┬áThe Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins offer multiple daily departures to Sacramento, the Central Valley and Bakersfield. ┬áThe California Zephyr provides daily service to Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha and Chicago. ┬áThe Coast Starlight travels between Seattle, Portland, the Bay Area, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. ┬áFor more information, visit www.amtrak.com.
OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Many other transportation options are available in San Francisco, from shared ride services to bike share stations. ┬áTaxis, Uber and Lyft are also available throughout the city.