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San Francisco is made up of 49 square miles of long boulevards, curvy streets, hidden alleyways and lots of hills. You'll find zipping around the city without a car is not only easy and affordable, it's actually more convenient 99% of the time. Driving in the city can be challenging and parking fees are costly. Details on public transportation, ride-sharing and taxi cabs are below.



By Plane: 

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the Bay Area’s airport of choice. Home to more than 50 airlines with nonstop service to more 125 destinations, SFO connects the city of San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Northern California to the world. United Airlines is the leading carrier into SFO, with the most domestic and international flights serving the airport annually.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Owned and operated by the Port of Oakland, OAK is California’s fourth largest airport, with more than 13 million passengers passing through our gates every year. We’re the closest airport to the region’s top tourism and entertainment venues and the closest airport for most local residents.

Ground Transportation from SFO and OAK

BART

Bay Area Rapid Transit's, or BART's, all-electric trains are a fast, inexpensive, and dependable way to get from SFO/OAK to San Francisco easily and avoiding traffic. BART trains depart every six minutes and fares are based on distance traveled, the greater the distance, the higher the fare. A round-trip fare from SFO to downtown San Francisco is $19.30 ($9.65 one-way).

Please note: BART is working to move toward a Clipper-only fare payment system. Select stations will only offer the Clipper Card option for fare purchase. These stations include Embarcadero and Powell Street in downtown San Francisco, 19th Street in Oakland, Downtown Berkeley, and, beginning April, 20 2020, San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Clipper Cards ($3 initial purchase surcharge) are reusable and re-loadable and offer savings with a $.50 discount on one-way fares compared to paper ticket use. For more information on the conversion to Clipper Card, visit BART online.

Ride-Sharing Apps

With app-based transportation services, including Lyft and Uber, you can arrange to ride with drivers using their personal, non-commercial vehicles via smartphone. These services pick up passengers at the curb on the Departures/Ticketing Level of all terminals. Fares and travel times vary according to demand and traffic, but it typically takes 30 minutes and costs $30-40 to get from SFO and/or OAK to popular San Francisco neighborhoods like Union Square.

Shared Van & Shuttle Service

Several privately-owned, shared-ride vans provide service between SFO and passenger-specified locations. The one-way rate from SFO to the city center is approximately $17. Depending on the number of passengers, shared ride vans may make multiple stops, so the travel time can vary from 35-90 minutes. In the Domestic Terminals, shuttles pick up passengers curbside on the Arrivals Level terminal. In the International Terminal, passenger pick-up is on the Arrivals Level roadway center island.

Taxis & Limousines

SFO and OAK are served by several taxi and limousine companies. Taxis depart from roadway islands on the lower level outside the Arrivals/Baggage Claims area in all terminals. Uniformed taxi coordinators work from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. to ensure a smooth process for travelers. All cabs are metered. The travel time to popular drop-off points in downtown San Francisco is usually around 30 minutes (depending on traffic) and fares range from $45-60.

For a limousine, arrange service in advance with your company of choice or upon arrival via the Lodging, Transportation and Attraction Boards, which provide free phone connections to participating limousine operators. These boards are located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals. Contact the service provider for pricing and availability.


Muni

Muni is San Francisco’s bus and metro system that runs throughout the city, operating buses, trains, cable cars and the F-line heritage streetcar. Muni buses remain above ground and on streets while Muni Metro runs on rails and sometimes go underground. Bus stops come in many forms: small bus shelters, yellow paint on street poles, and white paint on streets. Metro stops can be found on an island in the middle of the street and in underground stations. Using the Metro Map, find the nearest Metro to your location. Find more information on how to use Muni and Muni Metro.

For all Muni routes and times, you can call 511. There are also many smartphone apps, including the 511 SF Bay Transit Trip Planner app, that provides maps, routes and times.

Cable Cars and Street Cars

Cable cars and street cars are San Francisco’s historic public transit cars. Cable cars are located downtown and run on three lines: Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California Street. The F-Line streetcar runs up and down Market Street all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. Pay the conductor onboard or purchase tickets in advance at multiple locations or via smartphone using the MuniMobile app. Exact change is your only option when you are onboard the vehicles.

PresidiGo Shuttle

The PresidiGo Shuttle system provides free and accessible transportation to an​d around the Presidio from three routes in the city, seven days a week. Many stops are within a short walking distance from Muni or Golden Gate Transit bus lines.

Ride Sharing

There are a few on-demand car services to choose from, most of them started by San Francisco locals. To use them, you must first download the app, register, and set up a credit card payment system. Uber and Lyft both offer options to request a private car service as well as shared car options for a discounted rate, such as Lyft Line and uberPOOL. To use these services, set a pick-up location and destination in the app. Within minutes, you will be matched with a driver. Make sure to communicate with your driver; call, text, or wave down their car and always confirm that you are getting in the correct vehicle. Get more ride sharing tips.

Taxi

As is customary in most U.S. cities, visitors may hail a taxi directly or use a smartphone app.

Clipper Card

The Clipper Card is an easy way to use the various modes of public transportation throughout San Francisco. Purchasing this pre-loaded card gives you access to BART, Muni buses, Muni Metro, and cable cars. When you board, hold the card over a scanner and listen for the beep to make sure that you have an adequate balance on your card for your fare. Be warned: fines are steep and Muni personnel check frequently for fare evasion. Cards can be bought at multiple locations and refilled at Muni/BART stations.

RENTAL CAR

A number of car rental facilities are conveniently located at Philadelphia International Airport. Rental agencies provide frequent free shuttles between all bag claims and their rental car facility. All rental car shuttles pick-up from Zone 9 on the South Commercial Road.

HERTZ CAR RENTAL

Hertz is the official car rental company for the ATS 2022 International Conference. To reserve special meeting rates call 800-654-2240 or 405-749-4434, or visit hertz.com. Please include promo code CV#04AC0010 when making reservations. At the time of reservation, meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and the best rate will apply.

Meeting rates include unlimited mileage and are subject to availability. Advance reservations are recommended, blackout dates may apply. Government surcharges, taxes, tax reimbursement, airport related fees, vehicle licensing fees and optional items, such as refueling or additional driver fees, are extra. Minimum rental age is 20 (age differential charge for 20-24 applies). Standard rental conditions and qualifications apply. Vehicles can be returned to most Southern California locations. In the continental U.S. and Canada, weekend rentals are available for pick-up between noon Thursday and noon Sunday and must be returned no later than Monday at 11:59 p.m. Thursday pick-up requires a minimum three-day keep. Friday pick-up requires a minimum two day keep, and Saturday and Sunday pick-up require a minimum one-day keep. Weekly rentals are from five to seven days. Extra day rate for weekly rentals will be 1/5 of the weekly rate.

REAL ID Information

As of October 1, 2021, the federal government requires your driver's license or ID card to be Real ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board an aircraft or enter federal facilities where ID is required. Click here for more information.