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Transportation Basics: How to Get to San Francisco From Oakland

Getting to San Francisco from Oakland International Airport is as easy as BART.


BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit and is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular forms of public transportation. There are six train lines spanning from different areas like a web. On weekdays, each train runs every 15 minutes, while on weekends, they run every 20 minutes. Before selecting your BART station, determine where you are trying to go and which station is closest to that destination using BART's planning tool. While BART offers easy access to downtown San Francisco including stations along Market Street and in the Mission District, if your ultimate destination is in other neighborhoods in San Francisco, you may need to transfer to Muni, take a taxi or opt for a transportation network company (Lyft, Uber, etc.).

BART is located directly across from Terminal 1 in the Oakland International Airport where luggage claim is. Take BART from OAK to Coliseum Station, then board a San Francisco/Daly City-bound train. BART stops at four downtown San Francisco stations that are an easy walk or short cab ride to most San Francisco hotels. BART shares these stations with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) which can also take you throughout the city. BART’s fares vary depending on distance traveled.

When you enter a BART station, you will find pay stations with price charts of costs associated getting to each station; fares will reflect your station of origin. You can also use the fare calculator to find how much fares are beforehand. Machines take bills up to $20 and as well as credit and debit cards. All BART services close at midnight and resume at 4 a.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. on Sundays. Extended hours are sometimes offered for special events.

Be advised: beginning Feb. 11, 2019, construction work to improve the BART system may result in delays and service changes. Visit BART's website for more information.

Connecting transit options for some popular San Francisco destinations are noted below:

Embarcadero (First San Francisco Station) - Lower Financial District, Hyatt Regency San Francisco and taxis or Muni to Fisherman's Wharf hotels. Use the Drumm Street exit for the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

Montgomery Street (Second San Francisco Station) - Financial District and Moscone Center North and South. Use the Market/Third Street exit for Moscone Center, W Hotel, Park Central, The Palace and Financial District and South of Market (SOMA)/Yerba Buena hotels.

Powell Street (Third San Francisco Station) - Use the Hallidie Plaza exit for the Intercontinental, Hilton properties, Nikko and Union Square hotels. Use the Fourth Street exit for the Marriott and Moscone West.

Civic Center/UN Plaza (Fourth San Francisco Station) - Exit for Upper Market, Van Ness, the Castro and Civic Center districts.

If BART does not stop near your desired area you can always take a Muni bus or metro (underground light rail vehicles).

Prices vary for the shuttle service, there are also multiple options and special prices for traveling groups. You can call or make your reservation online.