Travel from SFO to San Francisco

Rideshare
$13
22min
4 lb of CO2

SFO airport rideshare

Rideshare is available at SFO San Francisco Intl. Lyft and Uber will pick you up at SFO and take you all the way to San Francisco. There are multiple options available. Unlike a shuttle at SFO, these rideshares generally have a lower price per traveler and some airports have additional airport fees.
Shuttle
$26
22min
4 lb of CO2
Public Transit
$8
33min
3 lb of CO2

Public Transit from SFO airport

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

Starting at SFO, you can hop on at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and ride all the way to Van Ness Muni, Civic Center.

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Drive
$1
16min
4 lb of CO2

Drive from SFO airport

It's 12 miles between SFO to San Francisco. On a typical day, it might take between 16min and 17min from SFO to San Francisco under normal conditions. If traffic is heavy, it could take around 18min 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 SFO to San Francisco?

The are 5 different ways across 4 unique modes of transportation to help you travel from SFO to San Francisco. If you're only considering the price, you should check out the public transit out of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) towards Civic Center, as it is the cheapest to San Francisco. It's common to find tickets for as low as $8. BART operates from SFO to San Francisco, so you book your trip with them! Rideshares are always on demand but are subject to surge pricing. Book when you need them!

When to book trip from SFO to San Francisco?

Heading to San Francisco? There is usually no need to book these sort of trips from SFO to San Francisco in advance. Rideshares should be available on demand all hours of the 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. You're in luck because Lyft or Uber are available at SFO. They are usually available on demand and should be available within 15 minutes of ordering. Since public transportation is available, you might be able to take this mode instead. This should help remediate any issues related to traffic and will be cheaper. Shuttle service may be available as well. If you're traveling with a large group, you should probably take a shuttle as it will reduce the price per person. With this option, you'll want to book as soon as possible to allow the shuttle service enough time to coordinate your pickup and dropoff. Our advice is once you pickup your bags, order your rideshare then. While you walk to the pickup point at SFO, San Francisco Intl, San Francisco, United States, your rideshare will be meeting you there, bumping you up in the queue. If you're arriving at peak rideshare hours (during commute hours or weekend evenings), you may experience surge pricing.

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

The absolute cheapest way to travel from SFO to San Francisco is by public transit. The public transit costs $8 roughly and will take 33 minutes.

Does the SFMTA Light Rail pick up at the airport?

Yes or SFMTA Light Rail picks up at the airport. SFMTA Light Rail will take you to the Van Ness Muni stop in San Francisco. The train takes 34 minutes and costs roughly $10. You can take the train from the SFO San Francisco airport to the Van Ness Muni.

How much is Lyft or Uber from SFO San Francisco to San Francisco?

Lyft or Uber operate out of SFO San Francisco. The airport is working directly with Lyft or Uber to manage the pickup process at SFO. Once picked up or the trip should take 22min and will cost roughly $13.

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

The total distance between SFO and San Francisco is 12 miles and will take you about 16 minutes. By car with an average gas consumption rate of 20 mpg or gas costs alone will run you $2.

SFO to San Francisco Travel Information

Cheapest Way Public Transit — $8
Fastest Way Rideshare — 22min
Eco-Friendly Way Public Transit — 3 lb CO2
Available Modes 4 modes — rideshare, shuttle, public transit and by car
Distance 11 miles
Travel Companies BART, SFMTA Light Rail, Lyft, Uber

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