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.
Getting to San Francisco with BART
The BART fare from SFO to downtown San Francisco is only is $8.95 ($18.30 round trip). That's less than half the price of a shared shuttle van ($19), $40 less than a average taxi ride and $20 less than an average Uber/Lyft ride.
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).
For more information on traveling to/from SFO, visit BART's airport connections guide.
FROM SAN MATEO COUNTY BART STATIONS
The BART fare from San Mateo County BART stations is even less than SFO. The fare from Millbrae is $5.25; San Bruno is $4.90; and South San Francisco is $4.50. 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; Museum of Modern Art/Montgomery St.; Asian Art Museum/Civic Ctr.; SF Ferry Building, Exploratorium, Embarcadero St.; UC Berkeley and Downtown Berkeley.
For more information about places to go and things to do: click here.
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.
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.