Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects San Francisco with Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin / Pleasanton and other cities in East Bay. It’s a bit like our Parisian RER.

Good to know
– You can use the Clipper card or pick up your tickets at the station.
– You can download an app that will allow you to have real-time information on schedules, calculate ticket prices and more…
– An app (BART to airport) allows you since the end of 2018, to buy your tickets and store them on your phone.

From February 2019 and for a period of 3.5 years, the first morning BART will leave at 5 am instead of 4 am.
This link will give you the means of alternative transportation and other details. We recommend you look at a map of the BART below that gives an idea of the extent of the network.

Ferries
Look carefully at the map of the bay and you’ll see why a ferry system makes sense; who has never faced the morning traffic on one of the bridges of the bay does not know what we are talking about!

Good to know
– Clipper card is accepted
– Ferries are all equipped with Wi-Fi
– Pets must be in a carry-on, no dog on a leash or under the arm
– Bicycles and electric bicycles accepted
– Check schedules

Caltrain
The bay is equipped with a regional train service that runs from San Francisco to Gilroy, south of San Jose. Beware, this is a line in full transformation whose reliability is sometimes questioned by users. However, it’s a way to avoid Highway 101 traffic and access, for example Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View and San Jose when you do not have a car or you do not want to drive.

There are three types of services in the Caltrain
– Baby Bullet Express Service which runs between San Francisco and San Jose in about an hour, stopping at the most popular stations.
– Limited-Stop service with trains that do not stop at all stations but at more stations than the Baby Bullet Express Service.
– Local-stop Service serves ALL stations…

Good to know
– Clipper card works in the Caltrain
– You can board the train with your bike. Spaces are provided for this purpose.
– Each train (no car) has at least one toilet.
– Visit the Caltrain website for details on tickets, schedules and routes.

Buses
There are many bus networks throughout the peninsula that serve a large number of cities. To discover the main ones, visit the websites whose logos are below:
– AC Transit: http://www.actransit.org/
– Golden Gate transit: http://goldengatetransit.org/schedules/current/
– Marin transit: https://marintransit.org/
– SamTrans: http://www.samtrans.com/

and finally, the Sonoma County transit whose map below will allow you to decide if you want to try the adventure and always with the Clipper card.

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