Plan Your Public Transit Trip
Wherever you’re going in the Bay Area, start with 511. The 511 Transit page provides comprehensive information about transit options in the Bay Area, including trip-planning, real-time departure predictions, schedules, maps, and fare information. Depending on your starting point and destination, some trips will require a combination of transit providers. 511 is the easiest way to plan your trip anywhere in the region and compare route and schedule information for all Bay Area transit operators. Please note that extended or special services for America’s Cup will NOT be included in the results provided by the 511 Transit Trip Planner.
On the Go Tip For Trip Planning, download the 511 SF Bay Transit App for iPhone and Android, or go to the 511 Mobile site (m.511.org) on your mobile device. m.511.org also includes real-time departure predictions. Learn more about 511 Mobile.
America’s Cup Transit Services
Stretching across San Francisco’s densely-populated northern waterfront, America’s Cup events can be accessed conveniently by public transit. Check back for updates on transit services for the 2013 America’s Cup event in San Francisco.
Public Transit Basics
If you'd like to find out which operators serve your area, use 511’s Nearby Routes and Services tool and enter your location's address, intersection, or landmark along with the city name. If you’re planning to enter the city from the East Bay, Marin County, Silicon Valley, or the Peninsula, there are a range of options you can choose from, including BART, AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit and multiple ferry services.
- For trips within San Francisco, take Muni bus, streetcar, light rail vehicle, cable car or taxi
- If you’re coming from San Jose/Silicon Valley, take Caltrain to the San Francisco Station (at 4th & King)
- If you’re coming from Oakland, Berkeley, and other East Bay cities, take BART or AC Transit’s Transbay buses
- If you’re coming from Marin, San Rafael, Sausalito, and other Marin County cities, take Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries
- If you’re coming from Vallejo, Alameda, Oakland’s Jack London Square, and Angel Island, take the San Francisco Bay Ferry
Riding San Francisco Muni to the America’s Cup
San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) provides transit service within the city and county of San Francisco 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check back for updates on special Muni services for the 2013 America’s Cup event in San Francisco.
Valid Proof of Payment (a valid bus transfer, monthly pass, limited use ticket, Muni Passport or Clipper card) is required on Muni and you may enter through any door with a valid Proof of Payment. If you enter any Muni vehicle with a Clipper card, make sure to tap the card reader upon entering. If you have no transfer, pass, limited use ticket or Clipper card on hand, you must enter through the front doors of the vehicle to pay your cash fare.
For real-time updates of Muni buses and trains, get departure times from 511.
Get Real-Time Transit Departures
511 provides real-time departure predictions for Muni, BART, WestCAT, and AC Transit via the phone, web, mobile site, or texting. To find out when your next vehicle will depart, simply use the Real-Time Departures tool. Information is organized by either transit agency, route name, and Stop Name or more efficiently by one Stop ID. To look up a Stop ID use the online Stop ID Lookup tool. You can also look for Stop IDs on decals posted at Muni and AC Transit shelters, stations, and stops. Please note that extended or special services for America’s Cup will NOT be included in the results provided by 511 Departure Times.
On the Go Tip Call 511 (it’s a free call!), and say "Departure Times" at the main menu. You’ll then be asked to enter your Stop ID. If you don’t know your Stop ID when calling, you will be prompted to use 511’s backup help system to hear your departure times and learn your Stop ID number. Learn more.
On the Go Tip Visit 511 Mobile (m.511.org) for real-time transit departures. Just point the browser on your mobile device to m.511.org and select the Real-Time Transit Departures tool at the top of the 511 Mobile Tools list. With this tool you can enter your Stop ID # or look up your ID if you don’t know it. You will receive up to three real-time departure predictions for each route that serves your stop. Learn more.
On the Go Tip Get departure times via text message. To request and receive departure predictions by SMS/text message, simply text "511 [Stop ID #]" to DOTORG (368674). For example, for departure predictions for a stop with Stop ID # 14448, send the following text to DOTORG (368674): 511 14448. 511 will immediately send a text response that includes up to three departure times for each route that serves your stop. Visit the Departure Times Texting page to learn more. Please note that while 511 does not charge for texting, your mobile service provider might. Refer to your service plan for details.
Drive to Transit
If you’re driving from the East Bay, North Bay, South Bay, or outside the nine-county Bay Area, consider driving to transit to reach America’s Cup events. Use the 511 Enhanced Trip Planner (beta) to plan a “drive-to-transit” trip and avoid driving into San Francisco. The Enhanced Trip Planner provides a unique side-by-side comparison of using transit, driving, or a combination of both. Learn more.
Getting to San Francisco from San Francisco International Airport
BART is the easiest and most convenient way to get into the city from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Simply walk or take the free AirTrain to SFO’s International Terminal to access BART. BART trains depart from the airport for San Francisco every 15 minutes from approximately 4 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. during the week; 6 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Sundays. Use the 511 Transit Trip Planner to plan your trip on BART and check 511 for real-time BART departures. Call 511, say, “Departure Times” and enter Stop ID 85 for the SFO station. A one-way ticket from SFO to downtown is $8.10 and is a short 30-minute ride. Board the Pittsburg/Bay Point train to access any of the four downtown San Francisco stations shared with the Muni Metro system: Civic Center, Powell Street, Montgomery Street, and Embarcadero. Once in the city, you can access additional transit options (buses, ferries and streetcars) above ground.
Getting to San Francisco from Oakland International Airport
BART is the fast, easy and inexpensive way to get to San Francisco from Oakland International Airport (OAK). The convenient AirBART shuttle travels between OAK and the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station and has the following schedule:
Monday–Saturday 5:00 am to 6:00 am every 20 minutes 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight every 10 minutes
Sunday 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight every 10 minutes
Fares for AirBART are $3.00 for an adult, $1.00 for children (12 and under), seniors (65 and over) and persons with disabilities (with ID). AirBART fare is payable in cash (exact change only) or a $3.00 BART ticket from a regular BART ticket machine (bus fare boxes will not return BART tickets with more than $3.00 in value).
The AirBART shuttle trip takes approximately 15 minutes. It stops in front of Terminals 1 and 2 (Southwest Airlines) and in front of the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station. To reach San Francisco from the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station, board a San Francisco/Daly City bound train to access any of the four downtown San Francisco stations shared with the Muni Metro system: Civic Center, Powell Street, Montgomery Street, and Embarcadero. The fare for this journey is $3.85, and the ride is 20 minutes. Use the 511 Transit Trip Planner to plan your trip on BART and check 511 for real-time BART departures. Call 511, say, “Departure Times” and enter Stop ID 33 for the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station.
Pay your Transit Fare with the Clipper Card
The Clipper card is the Bay Area’s all-in-one, reloadable transit card. Use the Clipper card as your passport to the following Bay Area transit services:
- AC Transit
- Muni (buses, streetcars, light rail and cable cars)
- Golden Gate Transit (buses and ferries)
- VTA (light rail and buses)
- San Francisco Bay Ferry
Purchase a Clipper card at most Walgreens, My Transit Plus (at Ferry Building, Montgomery BART station), Bay Crossings (Ferry Building), Caltrain San Francisco Station and downtown San Francisco BART/ Muni stations. You can add value to your Clipper card at any BART or Muni ticket vending machine or online. A full list of retail locations and additional details about the card are available at clippercard.com.
To use Clipper, tap your Clipper card to the card readers located in transit stations or vehicles and Clipper will automatically acknowledge your pass or deduct the correct fare, and electronically encode the 90-minute transfer time to your card. Please note: You are required to tap your card when you get on and off Caltrain, BART and Golden Gate Transit buses.
Visit Popular Destinations on Transit
The San Francisco Bay Area has a wealth of attractions for visitors and tourists. While you might be visiting for America’s Cup, be sure to check out some of the region’s other amenities. With 511 Popular Destinations, you can explore many of the Bay Area’s top sights, including museums, parks, shopping, and San Francisco’s infamous destinations, using public transportation. Transit is a great way to see the city and the entire Bay Area!