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 5am instead of 4am.
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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