San Francisco is one of the easiest cities in the world to negotiate. Public transportation options abound, including our world-famous cable cars. Getting around has never been this fun.
Ground Transportation (to and from the airport)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) lies just 14 miles south of downtown San Francisco. Approximate time to downtown ranges between 20-30 minutes depending on the time of day and mode of transportation. For complete information on airport transit, visit the Web site for San Francisco International Airport, www.flysfo.com. If you are interested in obtaining statistical information, including load factors, click here.
Door-to-Door Van Services
Nearly a dozen door-to-door van services operate from all terminals at SFO. Fares average $15-$20 per person.
Taxi service is available from SFO to downtown. Approximate fare to a downtown destination is $40-$50. Taxis may add a $2.00 pass-through fee to all airport fares leaving SFO. Voluntary ride sharing for two or more persons with a maximum of three destinations is permitted.
Auto rental counters are located in the centralized SFO Airport Car Rental Center. To access the Rental Car Center from the airport terminals, take the AirTrain Blue Line. AirTrain, SFO’s fully automated people mover system, operates 24 hours every day and provides convenient and frequent service throughout SFO. AirTrain stations are located in all terminals, terminal parking garages, the Rental Car Center and SFO’s BART station.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
BART is a fast, convenient and inexpensive way to get from SFO or OAK to meetings in San Francisco. BART to downtown San Francisco costs $8.10 (SFO) and $3.80 (OAK – plus $3.00 for AirBART) and takes just a half hour. We offer convenient ticket options that allow you to include BART airport transfer tickets in your meeting registration fees. BART (http://www.bart.gov) can also provide you with logistical information to support your meetings local transportation needs. The 103-mile BART system links eight San Francisco stations with San Francisco International Airport to the south and 29 stations in the East Bay. Trains operate seven days a week from 4 a.m. to midnight weekdays, 6 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sundays.
For what amounts to small change, one can take the grand tour in San Francisco. The city is criss-crossed by a network of buses, cable cars and light rail vehicles. There is also the 103-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) which links eight San Francisco stations with Daly City, Colma, SFO and Millbrae to the south and 29 East Bay terminals via a transbay tube. Click here (http://www.511.org/) for more information.
San Francisco Municipal Railway
San Francisco has one of the highest per capita transit riderships in the US. It's no wonder the Muni is a bargain. The fare is approximately $2.00, cable car fare is approximately $5.00. Route information is published on http://www.sfmta.com or may be obtained by calling 511 or visiting www.511.org.
Cable cars operate along three routes: the Powell-Hyde line which begins at Powell and Market Streets and terminates at Victorian Park near the Maritime Museum and Aquatic Park; the Powell-Mason line which also begins at Powell and Market but terminates at Bay Street just three blocks from Fisherman's Wharf; and the California Street line which runs from the foot of Market Street to Van Ness Avenue.
Muni Metro or Light Rail Vehicles
Muni operates underground downtown and on the streets in the outer neighborhoods. Six lines are involved: J(Church), K(Ingleside), L(Taraval), M(Ocean), N(Judah), T(Third Street). Historic streetcars (F-line) operate along Market Street beginning in the Castro District and terminating at Fisherman's Wharf.
Golden Gate Transit
This bus service links San Francisco to Marin and Sonoma counties via the Golden Gate Bridge. Click here for more information.
AC Transit operates bus service to communities in the East Bay (Berkeley/Oakland and other cities in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties via the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge). Click here for more information.
The San Mateo County Transit District offers bus service from San Francisco to San Francisco International Airport and communities on the Peninsula as far south as Palo Alto. Click here for more information.
Amtrak is a convenient way to connect to meetings and conventions in San Francisco. Enjoy the ease of Amtrak travel and connect from any route through the Amtrak Thruway service in Emeryville. The Amtrak Thruway provides luxurious bus service to popular San Francisco locations, including Moscone Center. Routes servicing San Francisco include the Capitol Corridor with up to 32 daily trains from Sacrament and San Jose and the San Joaquin route with frequent service from the San Joaquin Valley. Long distance routes include the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles and Seattle and the California Zephyr from Chicago. Special Convention Fares available. For more information and to receive an exclusive discount for your attendees please e-mail ConventionFareDesk@Amtrak.com or call 1-800-872-1477. www.amtrak.com
Water taxis depart from several points around San Francisco and go to the following destinations: Alameda, Larkspur, Oakland (Jack London Square), Sausalito, Tiburon and Vallejo. Excursion service also operates between San Francisco and Alcatraz and Angel Islands. During most San Francisco Giant home baseball games, round-trip ferry service is available to AT&T Park from Alameda and Oakland (Jack London Square). Click here for more information.