Around 1 in 3 commuters of San Francisco use public transport and the public transport provided within the city of San Francisco is provided by the San Francisco Munipial Railway (Muni) and operates both a combined light rail & subway system and a bus network of diesel motorcoaches, diesel hybrid buses & trolleybuses.
Long-range bus services such as Greyhound and regional bus systems AC Transit, SamTrans & Golden Gate Transit operate from Transbay Terminal. Amtrack runs a shuttle bus service from San Francisco to its railway station in Emeryville.
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system has a station at San Francisco International Airport(SFO) for passengers wanting to quick access the San Francisco area. BART Trains on each line typically run every 15 minutes on weekdays and 20 minutes during the evenings, weekends and holidays. Since a BART station might be served by as many as four lines, it could have service as frequently as every 3-4 minutes.
BART service begins around 4 AM on weekdays, 6 AM on Saturdays, and 8 AM on Sundays and its service ends every day around midnight. The train fares vary by distance travelled so a trip from San Francisco Airport to the the Civic Center in downtown San Francisco the fare would cost around $5.35. If you need to travel outside these hours you have to look at options such as Shuttles, Limos/Towncars or Taxis.
Children under 4 ride free but everyone else must have a ticket. BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value. All BART stations have automatic ticket vending machines that accept nickels, dimes, quarters and $1 coins, as well as $1 $5, $10 and $20 bills. You can also use your credit and debit cards in some ticket machines.
BART Discount Tickets and Smart Cards
BART fares are set with a mileage-based formula, therefore time-based passes (weekly or monthly) are not available. You can’t buy BART discount tickets from a vending machine at the station. BART discount tickets are only sold online, through the mail and at selected retail vendors throughout the Bay Area.
BART Blue High Value Ticket – A 6.25% discount in two denominations: a $48 ticket for $45; a $64 ticket for $60
BART Green Ticket – A 62.5% discount for seniors 65 years and older: $24 ticket for only $9
BART Orange Ticket – A discount for middle and secondary school students. Special purchasing restrictions apply.
BART Plus Ticket – A “flash pass” for other transit operators.
BART Red Ticket – A 62.5% discount for persons with disabilities, Medicare cardholders and children 5-12 years old: $24 ticket for $9
Clipper Card – Clipper is a “smart card” that works on various Bay Area transit operators.
BART Transit Maps