"BART from the airport" B.A.R.T Tip by Dabs
B.A.R.T, San Francisco: 68 reviews and 72 photos
BART is San Francisco's subway, it's not as useful for getting around the city as buses, but it is an inexpensive way to get from the airport (SFO) to the city, we used it both directions. The cost for us was $8.10 each way, no savings for a round trip. The ride to the Powell Street station in Union Square was about a 1/2 hour, the airport station is reasonably well marked, you will have to take an airport transit train to get to the station.
The ticket machine was a little confusing, you need to get a ticket for $8.10 to go to the four central stations, Powell Street, Civic Center, Montgomery Street or Embarcadero, which is clearly marked on the machines but it's not a ticket option, you start at $10 and adjust to get to $8.10. Each person needs their own ticket, you can buy multiple tickets on one transaction and you can use credit, debit or cash. I didn't see any manned ticket booths at the airport but we were fine using the machines.
The train was a little grungy but we felt perfectly safe riding it in the early evening and in the afternoon when we returned.
The website below is very useful in planning your journey, you can check the station by address and then it also helps map your route from the station to your destination and also check the fare. The trains run every 15-20 minutes and shuts down at around midnight for a few hours before starting up again.
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