Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is the fast, low-cost, traffic-free way to get from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or San Mateo County BART stations to San Francisco and other cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
You may purchase a round-trip BART ticket voucher for only $21 that can be redeemed at SFO before going to your hotel in San Mateo County. Clipper cards may also be purchased at the SFO BART station ticket machines or at the SFO Information Desk in International Terminal G located next to the AirTrain escalator, just down the hall from the SFO BART station entrance. Clipper cards are reloadable and may be used on BART, as well as on Muni and SamTrans buses, cable cars, San Francisco Bay Ferries or other Bay Area transit services.
Getting a BART ticket is a quick and easy way to get around while staying in the SFO area. The $21 ticket is good for one round-trip from SFO to San Francisco or two round-trips from BART stations in Millbrae ($21.00), San Bruno ($19.60) or South San Francisco ($18.00). To take BART to other destinations, additional fare may be added to the ticket at any time, at any BART station.
Furthermore, by having a Clipper card, you'll save 50 cents on every BART trip, compared to regular BART ticket fares.
Getting to San Francisco with BART
The BART station at SFO is located in the International Terminal, a short walk from Terminals 1 and 3, or accessible via the free AirTrain's red line. To get to downtown San Francisco, board an Antioch-bound train to one of the four downtown San Francisco stations (Civic Center, Powell Street, Montgomery Street, Embarcadero).
FROM SAN MATEO COUNTY BART STATIONS
San Mateo County BART stations can be found in the following cities: Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco. Taking BART helps avoid traffic and is only a half-hour ride from any of the San Mateo County stations to downtown San Francisco and East Bay.
Explore the Bay Area with BART
BART is the car-free way to travel around and see the Bay Area. Their conveniently located stations are close to many of the Bay Area's most popular destinations such as Union Square (Powell St); SFMOMA (Montgomery St); Asian Art Museum (Civic Center); SF Ferry Building (Embarcadero) or the University of California (Downtown Berkeley).
BART also serves Oakland International Airport (OAK). Taking BART from OAK is the convenient, fast, inexpensive way to get to San Francisco or other cities in San Mateo County from OAK. The 8-minute ride on sleek, new BART trains goes to the Coliseum station and connects to a BART train going to your final destination. During peak hours 8:00am-8:00 pm daily, trains operate every 5 minutes. For information, click here.
San Francisco International Airport Information
Oakland International Airport Information
BARTable Places to Go and Things to Do
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects the San Francisco Peninsula with Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay. For more than 45 years BART has provided fast, reliable transportation to downtown offices, shopping centers, tourist attractions, entertainment venues, universities and other destinations for Bay Area residents and visitors alike.
As early as 1911, visionaries considered a "Jules Verne" concept of building an underwater tube across San Francisco Bay. But in 1946, the idea of BART started turning this vision into a reality. Read more on BART history.