Arriving San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

New! Buy your BART SFO Ticket Voucher in advance!
(Only for arriving passengers)

BART is the fast, easy, inexpensive way to get to San Francisco and around the Bay Area. Trains arrive at the SFO International Terminal every 15 minutes and it's just 30 minutes to downtown San Francisco. A one-way ticket from SFO to downtown is $8.65; find fares from the airport to any station by using the QuickPlanner.

The BART station at SFO is located in the International Terminal. It's a short walk from United Airlines in Terminal 3 and a slightly longer walk from Terminal 1. You can also take the free AirTrain from all terminals directly to the BART station. Just follow the signs to AirTrain and board the Red Line train to the BART station and purchase your BART ticket. If you have prepurchased your ticket online take the Blueline train to the International Terminal - G stop, exit the AirTrain there, walk to the right and take the escalator down to the Information/BART Voucher Desk, next to the escalator. Exchange your ticket voucher for a BART ticket at the desk and proceed to the BART station to catch the train to your destination. Terminals 1, 2 & 3 are approximately a one to three-minute AirTrain ride to the BART station.

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International passengers should turn right when leaving customs, walk to the escalator and go up to the departures level. Walk straight ahead and turn left at the art exhibit and you’ll see the station entrance.

To/from Downtown Oakland
Board the Pittsburg/Bay Point train to the City Center/12th Street Station and you'll be right in downtown a few blocks from Oakland Chinatown and Jack London Square. To return to SFO, take an SFO-bound train.

To/from Downtown San Francisco
Board the Pittsburg/Bay Point train to one of four downtown San Francisco stations that are an easy walk or short cab ride to most San Francisco hotels. BART shares these stations with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) which can also take you throughout the City.

  • Civic Center - exit for Upper Market, Van Ness, the Castro and Civic Center districts. Take the Market/7th Street exit for the Renoir Hotel.
  • Powell Street- Use the Hallidie Plaza exit for the Intercontinental, Parc 55, Hilton, Nikko and Union Square hotels. Use the 4th Street exit for the Marriott and Moscone West.
  • Montgomery Street - Financial District and Moscone North/South. Use the Market/3rd Street exit for Moscone Center, W Hotel, Westin, The Palace and Financial District and South of Market (SOMA) hotels.
  • Embarcadero (last SF stop) - Lower Financial District, Hyatt Regency and taxis to Fisherman's Wharf hotels. Use the Drumm Street exit for the Hyatt Embarcadero and you’ll be right at the Hyatt’s front door.

Getting back to San Francisco International Airport
Take any SFO-bound train from any downtown BART station. If you are going to SFO from another city it may be necessary to transfer to the SFO bound train, which originates on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line. Check the BART System Map for transfer points.

Upon arriving at SFO, take the AirTrain Red Line from BART to Terminal 1, 2 or 3 for domestic flights. You can also walk to Terminal 1 or 3 in 5 to 10 minutes. International terminal passengers should exit the train and walk to the front of the station. The international flight check-in counters are a very short walk from the BART station main entrance.

BART Tickets
Children 4 and under ride free. Everyone else must have a BART ticket. BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value. Your best bet is to buy a BART SFO Ticket Voucher in advance. If not, you'll need to use the ticket machines.

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 a credit card in select machines. BART's fare structure is built on a mileage-based formula therefore weekly or monthly passes are not available.

When you enter BART, insert your ticket into the fare gate and it will be returned to you. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be automatically deducted and tickets with remaining value will be returned. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will read "Underpaid: Go to Addfare." A nearby Addfare vending machine will tell you how much additional fare you must add to your ticket to exit the BART system.

BART Schedule
BART has one of the highest on-time performance records in the nation, but to be prudent you should give yourself a little extra time in case you miss a transfer or an unanticipated delay occurs. Visit the BART QuickPlanner to look up BART times and use the convenient printable schedule version to take a copy with you.

BART Weekday Airport Service Hours
5:00 a.m. to 11:53 p.m.

BART Weekend Airport Service Hours
Sat: 6:30 a.m. to 11:53 p.m.
Sun: 8:00 a.m. to 11:53 p.m.

Trains operate 3-4 times per hour during these times. Sunday morning SFO Airport trains from downtown start at 8:45 a.m.

Please make alternative airport travel plans if this schedule conflicts with early morning weekend flights.

Please keep the aisles clear by storing your luggage under your seat or holding it on your lap. Some cars have space cleared by the doors to accommodate wheelchairs, bikes or strollers. If the space is not being used by a person with a disability, you may store your luggage there, but please keep it within your control at all times.

BART Accessibility
All BART stations are accessible to persons with disabilities. Elevators and fare gates designated for persons with disabilities may also be used by airline passengers with luggage.