- By kevin
- On Mar 26, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
How to Get to San Francisco?
Most visitors touch down at San Francisco International Airport, which lies 13 miles south of the city center, but there are also domestic flights to nearby Oakland and San Jose airports. In both cases, the best way to travel into town is via the BART public transit system. From SFI, the cost is $8.65, and from Oakland, $4 (but with an extra $6 for the shuttle bus from the airport to the BART station). From San Jose, the best option is to connect with the Caltrain Shuttle, which costs $7.50.
San Francisco’s major train stations aren’t actually in the city itself and stops are located just across the bay in Emeryville and Oakland. Amtrak services include the California Zephyr (to Chicago), the Coast Starlight (to Seattle and LA), and the Capitol Corridor (to Sacramento). If you arrive by train, you will need to catch a free Amtrak Thruway bus into town or transfer to a Caltrain service at Oakland.
If you are driving from the south, take US-101 or Interstate 280. From the north, you can take Interstate 80, which crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. If you do cross a bridge into the city, be aware that tolls are levied on inbound motorists. If you have rented a car, your provider should automatically charge you for any tolls, so you don’t need to worry about using the electronic machines.
A number of different bus services run into San Francisco, including:
Greyhound: The main stop is at 200 Folsom St with services to most California cities.
Bolt Bus: Stops at the Greyhound Terminal on Folsom Street and connects San Francisco to LA.
California Shuttle Bus: Stops at Hilton Hotel, 333 O'Farrell St and runs to LA.
Megabus: Stops at the Caltrain station on 4th Street and provides an express to LA.
BART, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans and AC Transit also provide connections to destinations in the Bay Area.