How to get from San Francisco airport to downtown


This guide on how to get from San Francisco airport to downtown It will help you to solve all the doubts on this subject and to carry out the transfer to your hotel in the best way.
The San Francisco International Airport, located 20 kilometers south of the city, has 4 terminals connected to each other by a free train called Air Train and is also well connected to the center, so you will not have problems or have to use Long time on this transfer.

Based on the experience of our trip through the National Parks of the Western United States in which we landed in this city, we tell you all the options of transfer from the airport to San Francisco, so that you choose the one that best suits your needs. We start!


The yellow BART subway / train line will take you from the International Terminal to downtown San Francisco in half an hour for about $ 9. This line that operates between 04h and 00h, Saturday and Sunday starts two hours later and stops at several downtown stations such as Civic Center / UN Plaza, Powell Street, Montgomery Street and Embarcadero.
You can buy tickets at the terminal's automatic vending machines, in cash or by card.
If you want to pay in cash, we do not recommend changing euros to dollars at the airport offices for your high commission. We use the BNEXT card and the N26 card, to get money from ATMs and get the current exchange, without commission.
You can find all the information in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.


The SamTrans bus is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco airport to downtown. Lines 292, 398, KX and 397 (night) run from the ground floor of the International Terminal to Transbay Terminal in one hour for $ 2.25 making numerous stops in downtown including Union Square.
You have to take into account that the ticket can only be paid in cash and it is advisable to discuss your destination with the driver so that he can inform you of the best stop to get off.

A good option to stay with good communication with the airport and the main points of interest is the Grant Hotel, located 5 minutes walk from Union Square and with a tram stop a few meters away. In addition to its magnificent location, the hotel has parking and one of the best quality / price ratios in the city.

Tram in San Francisco

Private transfer, one of the options to go from San Francisco airport to downtown

A more convenient and quick way is to book this direct transfer, in which the driver will wait for you at the exit of your arrivals terminal by raising a sign with your name and will take you directly to the door of your hotel in less than half an hour, without intermediate stops
The price in a 3-seater tourism is 89 euros and the 6-seater price is 133 euros.


The taxi, with a price of around 55 dollars, is also a means of transport that can be profitable if you are several people. It is also very common in the big cities of the United States to use Uber, which makes the transfer from San Francisco airport to downtown for about $ 30.

Once you have clear the transfer and accommodation, you can prepare the itineraries around the city with this list of things to see and do in San Francisco and these personalized guides for days: