San Francisco Airport Guide to San Francisco Airport (SFO)


If you are seeking for an economic and efficient way to get around San Francisco Airport, BART is without a doubt your option. It is fast, convenient and cheaper than other ground transportation options at SFO (taxis, shuttles, rental cars).

BART is a light rail which connects not only SFO Airport with downtown, also to other destinations within the city and its surroundings.


In order to get to the city centre, you may board the northbound direction to Pittsburgh /Bay Point. 

To get back to SFO Airport from the city centre, the southbound direction is the right choice (to SFIA/Millbrae).


Opening hours: See the opening hours from both Pittsburgh /Bay Point (northbound direction) and SFIA/Millbrae (southbound direction):

Southbound direction (SFIA/Millbrae): 

From 07:32 pm to 01:05 am (weekdays), from 07:06 am to 01:06 am (Saturday), from 09:07 am to 01:07 am (Sunday and public holidays). 

Northbound direction (Pittsburgh / Bay Point): 

From 04:11 am to 11:54 pm (weekdays), from 06:07 am to 11:54 pm (Saturday), from 08:07 am to 11:54 pm (Sunday and public holidays).

Get further details about BART schedule at SFO Airport.

If you wish to check for further BART schedules, please check the BART QuickPlanner.

Frequency: Every 15 minutes. The total trip to San Francisco takes around 25 up to 30 minutes.


BART Station can be found at the International Terminal at San Francisco Airport, in the G boarding area.

How to get to the BART Station?

You can get there within a short walk from the Domestic Terminals, even in case of carrying large baggage it is better to use the Air Train, since the station is located three minutes walking.


To ride a BART commuter train, first you need to purchase your ticket. 

The BART fares are calculated according to the mileage to your final destination. In that sense, you cannot purchase weekly or monthly passes since they aren’t available.

The average cost for one-way ticket to South San Francisco from SFO Airport is USD 7.85 (Clipper), USD 8.35 (BART Blue Ticket), USD 2.90 (Senior/Disabled Clipper), USD 3.90 (Youth Clipper). 

To calculate the fare of your trip, please check BART website

Children under 4 years travel for free.


You can purchase your ticket through the automatic ticket vending machines located at the BART Station.

Get your ticket in advance

Alternatively, you may purchase a BART SFO Ticket Voucher in advance, so in that sense, you’ll just need to print it and get to the BART Information booth located in the International Terminal boarding area G and, outside the BART Station, and retrieve the voucher for your ticket. Get your BART SFO Ticket Voucher here.