Oakland to San Francisco Travel Information

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
Distance 8 miles
Travel Companies Amtrak, BART, SFMTA Light Rail, Blue and Gold Fleet, San Francisco Bay Ferry
$18 · 1h 17min · 8 lb of CO2
Oakland to San Francisco
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$6 · 1h 8min · 8 lb of CO2
Jack London Square to Ferry Building San Francisco
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Oakland to San Francisco Ferries

There are 4 ways to travel from Oakland to San Francisco by ferry in the area. Additonally, take a look at the 2 ferry companies — San Francisco Bay Ferry, Blue and Gold Fleet — that can help you make the trip.

Departing Oakland, you can find ferries at Jack London Square, Alameda Harbor Bay, Alameda Main Street and taking you all the way to Ferry Building San Francisco, Alameda Main Street, Jack London Square, close to San Francisco.

$21 · 4min · 1 lb of CO2
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Public Transit
$3 · 23min · 2 lb of CO2
Oakland City Center - 12th Street to Van Ness Muni
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Public Transit from Oakland to San Francisco

It's very common to take public transportation from Oakland to San Francisco. 3 public transportation providers, including BART, SFMTA Light Rail, can help take you to your destination.

Starting at Oakland, you can hop on at Oakland City Center - 12th Street and ride all the way to Van Ness Muni, Civic Center Muni, Civic Center.

$1 · 12min · 3 lb of CO2
Oakland to San Francisco

Drive from Oakland to San Francisco

It's 9 miles between Oakland to San Francisco. On a typical day, it might take between 12min and 13min from Oakland to San Francisco under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 13min and costs will only go up due to traffic and congestion to drive to San Francisco by car. In these situations, we would highly recommend public transit if available.

We estimate driving cost by using a 20 mpg fuel economy, fuel costing $2.70 per US gallon, the one-way cost of the drive, excluding tolls, may be about $2.

What is the best way to travel from Oakland to San Francisco?

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!

When to book trip from Oakland to San Francisco?

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.

Is the train or the bus better from Oakland to San Francisco CA?

It's possible to take either the train or the bus from Oakland to San Francisco. There are quite a few things to consider for each. On a positive note, be glad you have the choice! Further, whenever you avoid driving - you don't have to worry about parking, focusing on the road. Additionally - you can focus on reading, work, or just relax.

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.

What's the cheapest way from Oakland to San Francisco?

The absolute cheapest way to travel from Oakland to San Francisco is by public transit. The public transit costs $3 roughly and will take 23 minutes.

How long does it take from Oakland to San Francisco by car?

The total distance between Oakland and San Francisco is 9 miles and will take you about 12 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $2.

Travel companies on this route

Amtrak Amtrak from Oakland to San Francisco
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Customer Service and Reservations1-800-872-7245
International Visitors215-856-7952
Group Travel Requests1-800-872-1477
Public Transit
BART BART from Oakland to San Francisco
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Lost and Found510-464-7090
Public Transit
SFMTA Light Rail SFMTA Light Rail from Oakland to San Francisco
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Blue and Gold Fleet
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San Francisco Bay Ferry
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