|Cheapest Way||Public Transit — $3|
|Fastest Way||Train — 2min|
|Eco-Friendly Way||Train — 1 lb CO2|
|Available Modes||5 modes — bus, ferry, train, public transit and by car|
|Travel Companies||Amtrak, BART, SFMTA Light Rail, Blue and Gold Fleet, San Francisco Bay Ferry|
The are 14 different ways across 5 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from Oakland to San Francisco. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the public transit out of Oakland City Center - 12th Street towards Civic Center Muni, as it is the cheapest to San Francisco. It's common to find tickets for as low as $3. BART operates from Oakland to San Francisco, so you book your trip with them! Take the train, even though it's more expensive, it's faster than the bus!
Considering the ferry from Oakland to San Francisco? Look no further! These sorts of ferry rides are not usually required to book far in advance. Most of the time, it is important to speak with the ferry company either the day before or first thing in the morning before your intended departure. Some of these ferries operate on a first come, first serve basis. Do be sure to check the overall ferry schedule prior to your trip in order to make sure the ferry is running on the intended day. Public transportation prices do not fluctuate like flights. Instead, they're either flat rate or priced by distance traveled. If possible, you can book your tickets via an app or alternatively at the station upon arrival.
While buses have recently gotten bad coverage because of cleanliness of bus stations or winter time accidents, they are can be very convenient for travel. The best part about traveling by bus to San Francisco is that it can be very cheap. That's because they usually have basic accomodations - WiFi and a restroom. Some of the Oakland/San Francisco buses' coverage has been overstated. The real thing to consider when taking a bus from Oakland is to consider the time of travel and the density of the cities that you're traveling to. If you are traveling by bus between Oakland CA and San Francisco during high traffic times, you can expect to have your trip altered significantly due to traffic. Further, if you are traveling during winter, the bus schedule might be thrown off due to inclimate winter weather. Be sure to plan accordingly!
The plus side of taking the train from Oakland to San Francisco? The accomodations, scenery, and lack of San Francisco traffic can usually be on point. Moreover, you can usually expect your average concessions - such as food and drinks. Most trains have WiFi these days as well. The worst part about trains are the price. While the train to San Francisco is often cheaper than flying, they are generally more expensive than buses. Train prices are usually set and do not vary as much as bus prices or flights or so the likelihood of finding discounts is pretty rare.
|Useful Links||Map Coverage Schedule Pet Policy Website|
|Customer Service and Reservations||1-800-872-7245|
|Group Travel Requests||1-800-872-1477|