Using public transportation to get to/form major airports in the area might be tricky but sometimes is the cheapest alternative to other forms of ground transportation.
San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Option One: SamTrans route KX goes form SFO to San Francisco Downtown, has stops at Mission Street and 7th St. and Mission St. and 1st St. KX Express fare is about $5.
Option Two: Caltrain, you can take BART from the airport for one stop to get to Caltrain station in Millbrae, CA (100 California Drive, Millbrae 94030) or San Bruno, CA (481 Huntington Ave., San Bruno 94066). Caltrain also stops in following places in San Francisco: Bayshore Station at 400 Tunnel Ave., 22nd St. Station at 1149 22nd. St., and San Francisco Depot at 700 4th. Street. Caltrain fare between SF and San Bruno or Millbrae stations is about $5, BART fares from SFO to San Bruno is $7, and Millbrae is $4.
Option Three: BART, stops in airport and has stops in the following places in San Francisco: in SF Downtown, Embarcadero (Hyatt Regency Hotel), Montgomery St. (Palace Hotel), Powell St./Union Square Hotels, Civic Center/UN Plaza (Holiday Inn Civic Center, Whitcomb Hotel, Renoir Hotel), in the Mission and further south, 16th St./Mission St., 24th St. and Mission St., Glen Park (corner of Diamond and Bosworth Streets), and Balboa Park (between Mission Street and I-280 north of Geneva Avenue). BART fare is about $7-$9 from SF to SFO.
Option Four: It is important to note that even though it is possible to get to other places in SF using transit it might be too much of the hustle giving transfers form bus stop to bus stops especially with luggage and paying for transit (if you pay for BART, SamTrans, or Caltrain you will still need to pay for MUNI) unless you travel very light and live a very short distance from one of the stops (of BART, Caltrain, or SamTrans, so you dont have to transfer) it might make more sense to use airport shuttle (share ride van), it would be only a few dollars more in total price (may be a tip to the driver as well if you liked the service) but quicker and more convenient because they will take you right to the door for about $15-$18, taxi is about $40
Links to all transit websites could be found directly below in Transbay and Regional Transit Section
San Francisco - Oakland International Airport (OAK)
The only reasonable option (for transit) would be to use BART. You will have to take MUNI or walk to the nearest BART station (in SF Downtown, Embarcadero (Hyatt Regency Hotel), Montgomery St. (Palace Hotel), Powell St./Union Square Hotels, Civic Center/UN Plaza (Holiday Inn Civic Center, Whitcomb Hotel, Renoir Hotel), in the Mission and further south, 16th St./Mission St., 24th St. and Mission St., Glen Park (corner of Diamond and Bosworth Streets), and Balboa Park (between Mission Street and I-280 north of Geneva Avenue). BART then will take you to Oakland International Airport (OAK). It is important to know that BART will not go directly into OAK, Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station BART station is located at 7200 San Leandro St. and Hegenberger in Oakland from there you will have to take AirBART, a shuttle that will take you right to the terminal. Using a shuttle will be more expensive but still might be a better option if you have a lot of luggage or live far away form bus stop. One very clear plus to using BART is that you will not get stock in traffic on Bay Bridge or on busy stretch of I 880 between Oakland Airport and Bay Bridge, this freeway is always very busy with commuters and big trucks serving Port of Oakland. BART fare is about $4-$5 from SF to OAK, MUNI fare is about $2 (to get to BART station from other parts of SF), compare with $27-$30 depending on the company, for shuttle and about $55 for a taxi cab.
San Francisco - San Jose International Airport (SJC)
The only reasonable option (for transit) would be to use Caltrain. Caltrain stops in following places in San Francisco: Bayshore Station at 400 Tunnel Ave., 22nd St. Station at 1149 22nd. St., and San Francisco Depot at 700 4th. Street. You will have to take MUNI or a cab to one of these stops. Then you will have to take Caltrain to Santa Clara Station located at 1001 Railroad Ave., Santa Clara 95050, from there you will have to take a very short ride via VTA SJC Airport Flyer (Route 10) that takes you between the Santa Clara Caltrain Station and the San Jose International Airport. The Airport Flyer is free and operates seven-days-a week throughout the day. Caltrain rate SF - SJC is about $8, MUNI fare is about $2 (to get to train station from other parts of SF), compare with shuttle at about $60-$80 depending on the company, and taxi of about $170.
San Francisco - Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
The only reasonable option (for transit) would be to use Amtrak. San Francisco has only bus stations for Thruway connection bus. (see the list of Amtrak Stations in SF below). You have to make it to one of these stations and take a shuttle bus to ether Emeryville or Oakland Train station, from there you should take Amtrak train to Sacramento (Sacramento, CA (SAC) at 401 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814) form there you can catch hourly service on Yolobus Rte 42B from 4th and L Streets, two blocks south of the Sacramento station. This route (Rte 42) will take you strait to Sacramento International Airport (SMF). The whole trip should take about 3-4 hours, and cost for Amtrak is $25-$30, Yolobus fare is $2 as same as MUNI, compare that to $120 - $200 for shuttle and well over $300 for a cab, you can find a car service that will take you for about $250. Driving time between San Francisco and Sacramento Airport is about 2.5 hours with no traffic.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Airport Transit and Share Ride Transportation
Covers all commuting and travel options in Greater San Francisco Bay Area, traffic, carpool, vanpool, rideshare, transit, telework, bicycle, and walking.
San Francisco has only bus stations for Thruway connection bus. These locations are only served by Thruway connecting service. No Amtrak trains serve this location. The closet Amtrak train stations are in Oakland (OKJ) and Emeryville (EMY).
Oakland - Jack London Square, CA (OKJ) - 245 Second Street Oakland, CA 94607
Emeryville, CA (EMY) - 5885 Horton Street Emeryville, CA 94608
San Francisco Amtrak Stations
Civic Center Bus Stop (SFV) - 1139 Market Street South side of Market, between 7th and 8th Streets
Shopping Center Bus Stop (SFS) - 835 Market Street Westfield San Francisco Centre
Convention Center Bus Stop (SFM) - 747 Howard St. 4th and Howard Sts. - Moscone Convention Center
Caltrain Station Bus Stop (SFP) - 700 4th St. Fourth and Townsend Sts. - Caltrain Station
Financial District Bus Stop (SFF) - 5 Embarcadero Center Corner of California and Drumm Streets
Ferry Building Bus Station (SFC) - 101 The Embarcadero at Mission St. and The Embarcadero
Fishermans Wharf / Pier 39 Bus Stop (SFW) - Beach St. and The Embarcadero Pier 39 - Fishermans Wharf
BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit System
California High Speed Rail Authority
Eventually will connect Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego via high speed train.
California Shuttle Bus
Bus rout that connects San Francisco and Los Angeles
Caltrain operates weekday trains between San Francisco
and San Jose, with commute-hour service to Gilroy.
Weekend service is offered from San Francisco to San
Greyhound Bus Line
San Mateo County Transit District provides
SamTrans bus service throughout San Mateo County
and into parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto. The
transit district also offers Redi-Wheels
paratransit service for persons with disabilities
who are unable to ride SamTrans.
Northern California Rail / Train Information
San Francisco and San Pablo Bay Water Transit (Ferry System)
Transit by county
Golden Gate Transit (GGT)
Provides regional fixed-route bus service in San Francisco, and in Marin and Sonoma counties. Bus service is also available between San Rafael in central Marin and the El Cerrito del Norte and Richmond BART Stations in western Contra Costa County. Local bus service is provided within Marin County under contract with Marin Transit.
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San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Is responsible for Transit, Biking, Taxi, Walking, Parking, Traffic in San Francisco.
San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni)
Operates 80 routes throughout San Francisco with stops within 2 blocks of 90% of all residences in the city. Operating Historic streetcars, modern light rail vehicles, diesel buses, alternative fuel vehicles, electric trolley coaches, and the world famous cable cars.
San Francisco Paratransit
San Francisco Transbay Transit Center
San Mateo County Transit District
Offers transit service throughout San Mateo county, also has routs that go to San Francisco Airport and San Francisco City.
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