Getting to San Francisco From the Airport is Easy with BART
The fare to downtown San Francisco is only $9.65 ($19.30 round trip). That's less than a shuttle van ($19), an average Uber/Lyft ride ($27), and $40 less than an average taxi ($50). Taking BART avoids road traffic and is only a half-hour ride from to San Francisco, with three to four trains convenient departures each hour.
The BART station at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is in the International Terminal , and accessible via a short walk from Terminals 1 and 3, or via the free AirTrain's red line. To get to downtown San Francisco, board an Antioch-bound train to one of the four downtown San Francisco stations (Civic Center, Powell Street, Montgomery Street, Embarcadero). Travelers at SFO-area hotels can get a cheaper fare by taking the Antioch-bound line at the nearby Millbrae, San Bruno, or South San Francisco stations to the BART downtown San Francisco stations. From the downtown San Francisco stations, it's a short cab ride or walk to many hotels, attractions, dining, and more of what San Francisco offers.
Once at a San Francisco station, you can also easily transfer to Dublin/Pleasanton, Richmond, or Warm Springs/South Fremont train to access Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and other destinations in the East Bay.
For more information on traveling from and returning to SFO, visit BART's SFO airport connection guide.
BART trains connect travelers from Oakland International Airport (OAK) to downtown San Francisco, downtown Oakland, and many East Bay destinations. The BART fare from OAK to downtown San Francisco is only $10.20 ($20.40 round trip). That's $30 less than a shuttle van ($40), $40 less than Uber/Lyft ($50) and $60 less than a taxi ($80). Trains from OAK operate every 5 minutes during peak hours, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily.
The Oakland Airport Station is a short walk from both terminals. To get to downtown San Francisco, take BART one stop from the Oakland Airport Station to the Coliseum Station and transfer to a San Francisco/Daly City train. To return to OAK from San Francisco, take a Fremont, Warm Springs/South Fremont or Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train to Coliseum.
Travelers headed to downtown Oakland from OAK should board a Richmond-bound train for the 12-minute trip to 12th Street/Oakland City Center Station downtown. From there, Oakland's Chinatown, Jack London Square, and Lake Merritt are within short walking distances.
Visit BART online for more information about travel from OAK.
Clipper-Use Pilot Program
BART is expanding the number of stations where the only fare product available for purchase is the reusable, re-loadable, and regionally accepted Clipper card. BART is rolling out a pilot program to eliminate the sale of paper magstripe tickets at the following four stations in summer 2019: 19th Street (starting on August 5), Embarcadero (August 19), Powell Street (September 3), and Downtown Berkeley (late September), with system-wide expansion expected in 2020. While magstripe paper tickets will no longer be available for purchase at these stations, riders will still be able to use paper tickets to enter or exit through fare gates. Riders will also be able to add enough fare to a paper ticket to exit a station using add fare machines located inside the paid area of each station. For more information, please visit BART online.
Ticket vending machines are available at all stations. Children aged four and under can ride free; all others need valid paid BART ticket to access the train platforms. You can also buy round trip ticket vouchers in advance.
With 48 stations in its system, BART is the car-free way to see the many attractions of San Francisco and the surrounding areas. Click here for more information on what attractions and sights are Bart-able.