Bay Area - Transportation


3 Major Airports:


By Transit:

  • From San Francisco:
    • take BART.
  • From South Bay:
    • take Caltrain to Millbrae; take SamTrans Route 292 or BART from Millbrae Station to SFO.
    • take Caltrain to San Bruno (the Caltrian station is at a different location than the BART San Bruno station), talk 15-20 min to the Long Term Parking airport shuttle station.


Served by VTA route 60 connecting Milpitas BART in 20 min. Frequency: Weekday 15 min, Weekend 20 min


Served by BART: take the BART Oakland Airport people mover from Coliseum BART to the airport.

Other airports with commercial flights

  • Sonoma County Airport (IATA: STS):
    • served by Alaska, American, United, and Avelo
    • SMART has a station nearby
  • Concord (IATA: CCR):
    • served by JSX, to Southern California




Rush hour only: 4 trains from Stockton to San Jose in the morning, 4 trains from San Jose to Stockton in the afternoon.


  • Modesto, Ceres (2022), Turlock and ultimately Merced
  • from Stockton to Natomas in Sacramento, near Sacramento airport (end of 2023).


San Jose to San Francisco


North bay


131.4 mi (211.5 km), 1,676 mm; eBart standard gauge (1,435 mm)

Bay Area Rapid Transit. Connecting SFO airport and OAK airport.

No day pass for bart.

VTA Light Rail

3 lines, 42.2 mi (67.9 km). Standard gauge (1,435 mm).

MUNI Metro

MUNI day pass in app for $5

Historical Streetcars

  • E Embacadero
  • F Market & Wharves


PCC Streetcars + A diverse collection of trolleys, trams, and streetcars from many world cities.

SF Cable Car

The world's last manually operated cable car system.

3 lines:

  • California Street Line: west-east, along California Street, between Market Street and Van Ness Ave.
  • Powell-Mason: north-south, Powell BART/MUNI station to Fisherman's Wharf
  • Powell-Hyde: north-south, Powell BART/MUNI station to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, west of Fisherman's Wharf

Ferry / Cruise

San Francisco Bay Ferry: from SF Ferry Building to Oakland, Alameda, Richmond, Vallejo.

Golden Gate Ferry: from SF Ferry Building to Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon

Blue & Gold Fleet: from Pier 41 to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island; and cruises

Red & White Fleet: cruises only, no ferry.

Tideline: Berkeley to San Francisco



San Francisco: Van Ness

AC Transit:

VTA: Rapid 500, 522, 523, 568

Community Shuttles

Mountain View Community Shuttle: Free, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Funded by Google. All electric vehicles.

mvgo: Free.


Bike Silicon Valley

Central Bikeway Study:


Cruise terminals: SF Pier 27 and Pier 35

Shipping ports: Port of Oakland and Port of Richmond.


Proposal to remove I-980:


The difference is that local buses make all stops, Rapid (R) make select stops, and Express (X) travel nonstop for a while then make all stops (and tend to be pretty peak commuter-oriented).

Here's a basic schematic, where L=Local, R=Rapid, and E=Express. The left is downtown and the right is the "outer end" of the service. A pipe (|) represents a stop while a dash (-) represents a skipped stop.

L:  |||||||||||||||||||||
R:  |---|---|---|---|---|
X:  |||----------||||||||

Excursion Trains

Skunk Train: Originally California Western Railroad

Niles Canyon Railway: between Fremont and Sunol

Ardenwood Historic Farm – Fremont

California Trolley and Railroad Corporation – San Jose

Napa Valley Wine Train – between Napa and St. Helena

Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad

Santa Cruz, Big Trees and Pacific Railway

Railway Museums

  • San Francisco Cable Car Museum, Free
  • San Francisco Railway Museum

Model Trains

  • Golden State Model Railroad Museum – Richmond
  • Alameda County Fairgrounds – Pleasanton
  • Black Diamond Lines Model Railroad Club – Antioch
  • Diablo Valley Lines – Walnut Creek
  • Niles Depot Museum – Fremont
  • Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society – Walnut Creek
  • Barron Park Garden Railway – Palo Alto
  • Golden Gate Model Railroad Club – San Francisco
  • West Bay Model Railroad Association – Menlo Park
  • Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History – Santa Clara
  • Silicon Valley Lines – San Jose