How to ride BART to the airport

It’s easy to ride BART to the airport. You can take the train directly to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). Plan your trip and find fares by using BART’s online QuickPlanner.

San Francisco International Airport

The BART station is located in the International Terminal, a short walk from Terminals 1 and 3.

You can also take the free SFO AirTrain from all terminals directly to the BART station. Follow the signs upstairs to AirTrain and board the train to the BART station.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) BART map

If you fly into the International Terminal, turn right when leaving customs, and take the escalator up to the departures level. Walk straight ahead and turn left at the art exhibit and you’ll see the station entrance

To Downtown San Francisco

  • Board an Antioch train to one of the four downtown San Francisco BART stations. From there, it’s an easy walk or short cab ride to most San Francisco hotels and the Moscone Convention Center.
  • Find your hotel on this map of downtown San Francisco.

To Downtown Oakland

  • Board an Antioch 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.
  • Returning to SFO
  • Take any SFO-bound train from any downtown San Francisco BART station. If you are going to SFO from another city it may be necessary to transfer to an SFO-bound train. Check the BART System Map for transfer points.
  • Upon arriving at SFO, walk, or take the AirTrain Line from BART to Terminal 1, 2 or 3 for domestic flights. The International Terminal check-in counters are a short walk from the BART station main entrance.

BART Tickets

  • Children 4 and under ride free. All other passengers must have a BART ticket or regional Clipper card. BART tickets and Clipper cards are like debit cards with stored value.
  • Are you visiting the Bay Area?  If so, buy a BART SFO Ticket Voucher in advance, or use vending machines at the BART station to purchase a BART ticket or regional Clipper card.

All BART stations have ticket vending machines that accept cash or credit cards. BART's fare structure is built on a mileage-based formula.  To find your fare, click here or check the chart posted on the ticket vending machine. Weekly or monthly passes are not available.

To enter the BART system, insert your ticket into the fare gate and it will be returned to you, or tap your Clipper card on the top of the fare gate. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be deducted automatically and tickets with remaining value will be returned. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will tell you to go to a nearby Addfare vending machine where you can add enough value to your ticket to exit the BART system.

BART Schedule

Use the BART QuickPlanner to look up BART departure and arrival times.

BART Weekday Airport Service Hours

  • 5am to 11:53pm

BART Weekend Airport Service Hours

  • Sat: 6:30am to 11:53pm
  • Sun: 8am. to 11:53pm

Sunday morning, SFO Airport trains from downtown San Francisco start at 8:45am. Please make alternative airport travel plans if you need to catch an early morning Sunday flight.

 

Oakland International Airport

The Oakland Airport BART station is located just across from the Terminal 1 baggage claim area and a short walk from Terminal 2.

BART OAK Oakland International Airport

 

To/from Downtown Oakland 
Take BART from OAK to Coliseum Station. From Coliseum Station, transfer to a Richmond-bound train. It takes about 12 minutes to get to the 12th Street/Oakland City Center station, right downtown, a few blocks from Oakland Chinatown and Jack London Square. To return to OAK, take a Warm Springs-bound train to the Coliseum station and go upstairs to transfer to an OAK train at Platform 3.

To/from Downtown San Francisco
Take BART from OAK to Coliseum Station, then board a San Francisco/Daly City-bound train to one of the four downtown San Francisco BART stations. From there, it’s an easy walk or short cab ride to most San Francisco hotels and the Moscone Convention Center.

To return to OAK, take a Warm Springs/South Fremont or Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train to the Coliseum station and go upstairs to transfer to an OAK train at Platform 3.

Find your hotel on this map of downtown San Francisco.

BART Tickets

  • Children 4 and under ride free. All other passengers must have a BART ticket or Clipper card. BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value.
  • For travelers landing at OAK, there is no need to purchase a BART ticket or Clipper card until after you arrive at the Coliseum BART station Platform 3, where you can buy a BART ticket or regional Clipper card from vending machines.
  • All BART stations have ticket vending machines that accept cash or credit cards. BART's fare structure is built on a mileage-based formula.  To find your fare, click here.  Weekly or monthly passes are not available.

To enter the BART system, insert your ticket into the fare gate and it will be returned to you, or tap your Clipper card on the top of the fare gate. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be deducted automatically and tickets with remaining value will be returned. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will tell you to go to a nearby Addfare vending machine where you can add enough value to your ticket to exit the BART system.

Learn more about taking BART after you arrive at Oakland International Airport with this “How-to” video below. 

Luggage and Accessibility

Luggage may be stowed under your seat or held in your lap. Please keep the doorways clear. Some cars have space near 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 under your control at all times.

All BART stations have elevators and extra wide faregates for large luggage and for use by people with disabilities.

Airport/Long Term Parking 

Airport parking can be a hassle and is always expensive, except at BART stations. We offer inexpensive long-term parking at many stations with easy online reservations. Visit the Long-term Parking section for more information

 

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