BARTable Holiday Airport Travel Guide

Photo courtesy of San Francisco International Airport. 

'Tis the season for holiday travel and we've got your BARTable guide to both Bay Area airports that have direct BART service. With access to world-class international airports, Bay Area travelers are lucky jet-setters. But, if you're not in the know, it's easy to miss out on the tips that could help you start your trip on the right leg. To help you travel like a first-class passenger—without spending first-class bucks—we’ve put together a complete airport guide to make your trip a seamless one.

Editor's note: Please wear a mask while riding the trains. BART will run its Saturday schedule on Christmas Day. Before you travel on BART, use our Trip Planner to get estimated arrival and departure times. Learn what to expect when you return to BART here.

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 Trip Planner.

Airport/Long-term Parking 

BART riders flying to and from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK) and are looking to pay for long-term parking at BART must use the official BART app to reserve a spot. 

Note: Parking at SFO has been filling to capacity during the holidays with few other parking options in the area. Consider purchasing multi-day parking at one of our stations and riding BART to SFO. Follow this guide to purchase long-term parking (now known as single/multi-day parking) on the official BART app. You can purchase multi-day parking (formerly known as long-term parking) in advance at all BART stations with parking, except Milpitas and Berryessa/North San Jose stations. (Milpitas and Berryessa stations are operated by Valley Transportation Authority.) 

To use the official BART app, download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and pay within the app using a credit card, debit card, Venmo, or PayPal.

The official BART app is a convenient way to purchase reserved parking without needing to print out paper permits in advance. Reserve parking is $6.00 per day.

Reserved parking may be purchased in advance for a single day, multiple days (up to twenty weekdays – weekends are free) or on a monthly basis. To pay for Reserved parking on the app, select either monthly or single/multi-day reserved parking, and add a license plate and phone number to your profile. Park in the Reserved or “Permit” area. There is no need to print anything in advance or display anything inside your car.  For more information, see the Reserved Parking FAQs

For step-by-step on how to purchase multi-day parking on the official BART app, follow this guide.

For more information on BART's parking options and FAQs, please visit our Parking page.

BART Fare

For ease and convenience, we recommend that passengers purchase a regional Clipper card on their phones. Clipper cards are like debit cards with stored value. Use the fare calculator to determine how much value to load onto your card. Clipper cards can be used on all major Bay Area transit systems. You also get discounts with other transit agencies. 

  • Children 4 and under ride free.

  • Find more information about paying your fare.

BART Schedule

Use the BART Trip Planner to look up BART departure and arrival times.

BART Weekday Airport Service Hours (approximate)

  • Mon-Fri: 5am-11:53pm

BART Weekend Airport Service Hours (approximate)

  • Sat: 6am-11:53pm

  • Sun: 8am-9pm*

*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.

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, 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.

San Francisco International Airport

The BART station is located outside 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 to the AirTrain and board the train to the BART station.

SFO 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 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 12th St/Oakland City Center station and you'll be right in downtown, a few blocks from Chinatown and Jack London Square.
Returning to SFO
  • If you are in San Francisco, take any SFO-bound train from any station. If you are in the East Bay, you may have to transfer to an SFO-bound train. Use BART’s online Trip Planner for more details.
  • Upon arriving at SFO, go upstairs to take the AirTrain to Terminal 1, 2 or 3 for domestic flights. You can also walk to your terminal without taking the AirTrain. The International Terminal entrance is on the platform level of the station.

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.

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/South Fremont-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.

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

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