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How to get from Oakland Airport to San Francisco

San Francisco is the exciting commercial and cultural centre of Northern California. Known world-round for its impressive Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is filled with famous attractions. Be sure to take a ride on an iconic cable car, explore the Painted Ladies street and take a stroll along Fisherman’s Warf. 

There are two different modes of transportation from Oakland airport to San Francisco; taxi or train. Taking an Oakland airport taxi is the fastest transfer option, with a journey time of 40 minutes and a cost of around $90 (€92). Taking the BART train is the cheapest option, with a one-way ride costing just $11.80 (€12) and a journey time of 50 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €92 40min 24/7
Train €22 50min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Oakland Airport to San Francisco by Taxi

If traffic is light, taking a taxi from Oakland airport to San Francisco is the quickest way to travel. The journey time is just 40 minutes and the cost of an Oakland airport taxi is around $90 (€92).

Cost of a taxi from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco

The average cost of a taxi from Oakland airport to downtown San Francisco is $90 (€92). However, this isn’t a set-rate fare. The local drivers will charge you using a taximeter, so if you’d prefer a fixed rate fare, we recommend pre-booking your Oakland airport transfer with Welcome Pickups

Cost

$90 (€92)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from outside both terminals at Oakland Airport.

Where do I find taxi at Oakland Airport?

There are taxi stands located outside of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Oakland airport.

Convenience

The only direct way to get from Oakland airport to San Francisco is to take a taxi. You won’t have to worry about storing your personal belongings or navigating multiple train stations. Instead, you can make your way to the door of your hotel in San Francisco in just 40 minutes.

Editor’s Note

If you're landing early in the morning, taking a taxi will be the only available transportation option from Oakland Airport to San Francisco.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.
There's no extra charge for luggage items.
Tipping your driver 10-20% of your final fare is common.

How to get from Oakland Airport to San Francisco by Train

The BART train runs from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco Monday through Sunday. However, the train isn’t direct, you will need to take the BART from Oakland airport to Coliseum Station, then transfer to a San Francisco/Daly City-bound train to one of the four available BART stations in San Francisco. The total journey time will be around 50 minutes and the cost will be $11.80 (€12).

How much is the train from Oakland Airport to Downtown San Francisco?

The cost of a one-way trip on the BART train from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco will be $11.80 (€12). To ride the train you will need to use a Clipper Card, which can be topped up to this fare. 

Cost

$11.80 (€12)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 15 minutes for the BART train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The BART train runs from 05:00 to 24:00 during the week, 06:00 to 24:00 on Saturdays and 08:00 to 24:00 on Sundays.

Where do I find the train at Oakland Airport?

The BART station is located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Oakland airport. To get there, you will need to walk around 3-5 minutes from either terminal.

Convenience

Taking the BART train as your transportation from Oakland airport to San Francisco is a great budget option. However, as you will need to make two changes and navigate multiple stations with your luggage, it’s not the most convenient.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling from Oakland International Airport to San Francisco during rush hour, taking the BART train will actually be quicker than a taxi.

Useful Tips

Be sure to purchase a Clipper Card or download one to your phone before taking the BART train.
There's very little luggage storage on the train, be sure to travel light.
You won't need a Clipper Card until you reach Coliseum Station.

Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Oakland airport to San Francisco?

You have two options to get from Oakland airport to San Francisco; taxi or train. Using an Oakland airport taxi will take 40 minutes and cost approximately $90 (€92), while the BART train will take 50 minutes to reach San Francisco and will cost $11.80 (€12).

How far is Oakland airport from San Francisco?

The distance from Oakland International airport to San Francisco is 34 km. Taking an Oakland airport taxi will take around 40 minutes to get there and the BART train will take 50 minutes.

What’s the cost of a shuttle from Oakland Airport to San Francisco?

The cost of a taxi shuttle from Oakland airport to downtown San Francisco is around $90 (€92), based on a taximeter. If you’d prefer the peace of mind that comes with a fixed rate fare for your shuttle, we suggest pre-booking with Welcome Pickups.

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