3 days in San Fransisco-transportation??
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 12:31 PM Last Post By: SusieGirl7
Oct 7, 2012 1:07 PM
3 days in San Fransisco-transportation??I will be staying at the Days hotel in Oakland for 3 days,I will need transportation to go to SF and back every day.From what I can gather,BART doesnt have a day or multi day pass?I need to get a BART pass and add value?
Is there a one day or more pass that combines buses and Muni rides?
Oct 7, 2012 1:14 PM
Oct 7, 2012 2:06 PM
2Clipper card good on both BART & MUNI.
The only BART passes are for a month. MUNI has 1, 3, and 7 day passes, valid only on MUNI.
Not sure what you mean by "subway." Much of BART is underground. MUNI runs the MUNI Metro, which is a subway in part.
Oct 7, 2012 3:44 PM
3Is the Oakland Days Inn on the bus line? BART does not run late at night. There may be bus stops that have people queuing for carpool free rides into San Francisco during the rush hour -- I know that there were these queues in Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue/Dwight Way when I lived there years ago.
Oct 7, 2012 5:40 PM
4Thanks nutrax and trekker!!
I can see 2 maps,one of BART and the other of a "subway"!The 2 stations that I will go to are Powell and Dublin Pleasanton and both are on the BART maps but I can see other stations that are only on the subway map,eg,SF zoo,which I maybe will visit if I have time.
BART runs past midnight according to its websiteI wont be returning to the hotel that late so I guess I'll be good.
I will not be travelling THAT much around,is it worth it if I get a Cliiper card or a Muni pass?
What I abslolutely want to do are:the Golden gate bridge,Gloden gate park,Chinatown,Cable cars,Fisherman's wharf and maybe the zoo...all are within walking distances to subway/BART stations so i do not think I will need to take buses...am I right?
trekker502,what are carpool free rides???!!!
Oct 7, 2012 6:27 PM
5You will need to take a bus to the Golden Gate Bridge, unless you have really strong legs.
Oct 7, 2012 7:55 PM
Oct 7, 2012 7:55 PM
7This site is great for planning public transit trips in the SF area. 511.org
In many parts of California, there are highway lanes set aside for carpools, which, depending o the area, means that there are at least 2-3 people in a car. (It's 3 people in the SF area.) These lanes are usually faster and less congested than regular lanes. In addition, the toll to cross the Bay Bridge to SF is cheaper during commute hours if you have enough people in the car. So, there is a form of hitchhiking. You give me a ride and you will get there faster and save money.
Oct 7, 2012 10:03 PM
Oct 8, 2012 11:09 AM
9Where exactly in the Days Hotel in Oakland? RU referring to the Days Inn at the airport? Do they have shuttle to the BART station for you to take? NOT an area to be walking in at night fro any reason. Oh wait, I see you figured out u need to take a bus to the BART station. If this is the hotel you are staying at any chance you could move closer into the city center. Take a look here on the airbnb website for possible Berkeley accommodations. http://tinyurl.com/8w2zrwu Simply makes more sense to be closer to SF AND to have someone who can answer questions while you stay at their place. I've used airbnb internationally and nationally. Never a problem. Lovely places. Simply make certain when you email the owner that you get an exact address of the place so you can google map it satellite view to look at the neighborhood, (closest public transport, coffee shop, pharmacy, grocer, etc), that each spot ur are interested in has a minimum of 6 reviews AND that their is a picture of the owner. Have a lovely Bay Area sojourn. The N Juda line will take you out near Golden Gate park. Take if from downtown out to 9th street and hop off. Follow 9th into the Park. You'll be near the De Young, the Japanese Garden and the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Walk over to Fulton street and rent a bike: http://goldengateparkbikeandskate.com $25 for the whole day so you can explore the park, even down to the windmill at the end of MLK. Could even take the bike and use Muni ot get you over near the Golden Gate Bridge and then you could bike across it. http://www.sfbike.org/?transit
Just a thought. Enjoy you 3 days in the Bay Area
Oct 8, 2012 12:41 PM
10Is there a reason you're staying at the Days Inn by the Oakland Airport? I'm sure it's cheap but there is nothing to see there. And it's not all that convenient. It's not a horrible area but not great. I think you'll be fine walking to the BART station though you might be the only one walking. And it might be extra desolate at night.
FYI - the bus in Oakland that runs to and from BART is run by AC Transit which has nothing to do with SF Muni or BART, though the Clipper Card work on it as well.
Oct 9, 2012 11:34 AM
11You are correct that BART does not offer multi-day passes. They offer a small discount if you put at least $45 in cash value on a card at once, but only if you buy a conventional BART fare card at a retail vendor or you link your Clipper electronic pass to auto-load on a credit card. Annoyingly, you cannot get even that small discount at at a regular vending machine at the station.
Muni, which runs the local transit system in SF (buses, cable cars and light rail), does have a 3-day visitor pass. It is a paper "passport" and cannot be loaded onto a Clipper card. You cannot use cash in a Muni subway station turnstile; you will have to get a Clipper card or a ticket from a vending machine or use your passport. Trains do accept cash (or Clipper, or passport) when you board the front door at a surface stop, as do buses and cable cars.
If you need to get back to Oakland late at night, after BART stops running (the last train from SF to Oakland is just after midnight), you'll need to take the night bus -- two buses, actually, to get from SF to your hotel -- operated by AC Transit. Their buses take cash or Clipper cards.
Depending how many cable car rides you plan to take, the easiest thing may be to just load up a Clipper card, knowing that you're forgoing a potential discount. On the bright side, Clipper gives an automatic $0.25 discount when transferring between BART and Muni.
Or better yet, stay in SF.
Oct 13, 2012 1:20 AM
12Thanks so much for your help guys!!
It is a still abit confusing though...I think I need to be there to figure everything out!!
I already booked Days Hotel in Oakland because it was really cheaper than staying in SF.
So will I be correct if I do the following:but BART tickets every day to go to SF(at the BART station) and buy a 3 day MUNI passport(where?) to use in SF?
Also from the hotel to the BART station and back,do I buy tickets on the bus?Since it is operated by AC transit,will I be able to use the MUNI passport?If not,can I buy a 3 day pass or equivalent?
P.s I still cannot figure out what a clipper pass is!!
Oct 13, 2012 8:16 AM
Is it too late to change your booking? Maybe you could consider the Grant Hotel (near Union Square). Not much more, and you'll be right in the middles of everything.
However, you can use the Clipper card on all of the area systems. So you load money on that, and use it for both BART and AC.
Oct 16, 2012 11:11 AM
14Muni runs the SF buses, cable cars and local subway. BART runs the regional subway. AC Transit runs the Oakland buses. They're three different systems.
All three systems accept Clipper, because basically Clipper is an electronic purse that allows you to load cash onto it. You can buy a Clipper card at any BART or Muni subway station. You can use Clipper on board buses if you've already got a card in hand, but you can't buy the card on the bus.
The only pass that will be useful to you is the Muni passport, which can't be loaded onto Clipper. If you plan to use Muni enough to make it cost effective (for example, if you plan to ride the cable car more than once) here is where passports are sold. Probably the most convenient places for you will be by Powell BART/Muni station, either at the tourist info center on the sunken plaza just outside the main station entrance or at the kiosk at street level where cable car tickets are sold.
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