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Transportation From OAK To San Francsico Downtown  
User currently offlineLahaina From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 261 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

I got a real cheap ticket price to OAK. However, I need to get to San Francisco for my meeting. Is there any public shuttles to take me to Union Square San Francisco? Does Super Shuttle serve this route?

Thank you for your help.

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User currently offlineFCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Hop an AirBART shuttle bus from the OAK terminal for $2, which will take you to the Oakland Airport BART station. The BART ticket will set you back $4 or $5... a steal compared to SuperShuttle. The trains will take you right into the heart of the city, just a brief walk from Union Square.

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User currently offlineUnmlobo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 210 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

I don't know about Super Shuttle or anything like that but when I flew into OAK and needed to get to San Francisco I took the shuttle bus that runs from OAK to the BART train station at the Oakland Coliseum. The BART (which stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit) train then takes you across the bay to San Francisco. I believe the shuttle bus charges $2.00 and the BART train is also about $2. Except for problems with the fare box on the bus leaving OAK the whole experience was easy and fast. Probably saves a lot of time during rush hour. Their should be a stop at Union Square.

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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

As others have posted AirBART (bus) to BART rail is your best bet at a total of less than $10 each way (or at least last time I did it, in any event much less expensive and quicker than other optionas).

I remember last time as I was riding the bus to OAK, I looked up and the name under "Your Driver Today"... "Akilla U."*

(*- At least the person I was traveling with pronounced it as "I'll kill you")

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User currently offlineDreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
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Do as the others say. Take the bus and then BART. Just make sure you are traveling when BART is operating. They stay open pretty late and start very early as well. Here is the website...


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5963 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2348 times:
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You can also get transfers to the San Francisco Muni system if you need to get other places in SF.

User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2963 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Quoting Unmlobo (Reply 2):
Their should be a stop at Union Square.

This is the Powell Street station. And yes BART is by far the easiest, least expensive and less stressful way to get from OAK (or SFO) to downtown.

User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2606 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

If you've not got a lot of luggage, then BART is definitely the way to go. The AirBART shuttle bus stops are well-marked (one in front of either terminal).

Put two bucks in the fare collector (just like a regular bus), and enjoy that 10 minute ride to the Coliseum/Airport Station. When you enter the station, to your immediate left are a row of BART ticket machines, which take currency or credit cards (however, if using a credit card, be aware that you will be charged for a $20 ticket). Don't let your luggage out of your sight...it's a dicey area at times, and thieves are on the lookout for newbies concentrating on the BART ticket machines.

You should go ahead and spring for a single ticket with enough fare for a round-trip back to OAK, that way you don't have to worry about getting a ticket when coming back. Any train will take you to SF EXCEPT the Richmond-bound trains, and the platforms are well-marked.

Get off at Powell Street Station. There should be signs denoting which station exit goes to Union Square (hint: Stockton Street is a closer walk than Powell Street, of course depending on where in Union Square your hotel is located).

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2231 times:

I agree with those above, when I lived in SFO, and flew out of OAK, I would take the BART, easier than driving my car over The Bay Bridge and deal with traffic!

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