First things first.
SFO is the airport, not the city of San Francisco. An important distinct since the airport is not in the city of San Francisco.
In fact neither of our international airports, San Francisco International or Oakland International, are located in San Francisco proper. Good news is, getting to SF from SFO and Oakland is super easy!
Of course ride-sharing into the city is an option. But if you really want to travel like a local (and save some money) you’ll want to catch a ride on Bay Area Rapid Transit — aka BART.
Take a peek at our video below to see just how easy it is to take BART from SFO to SF!
OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE:
You can take almost any line from Oakland Airport to San Francisco. Almost.
Whatever you do, avoid the orange line to the city of Richmond! The Orange Richmond line will take you farther into the East Bay. If you’re trying to get to San Francisco from Oakland — then you’ll want to go West towards the Pacific Ocean — on either the blue or green line to Daly City.
To get from Oakland Airport to San Francisco’s Union Square take: the BLUE or GREEN line towards Daly City.
Do not take: the ORANGE line towards Richmond — that’s the opposite direct of SF.
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE:
Since SFO is the end of the line, getting to San Francisco from SFO is a cinch. There’s only one line, going in one direction! Just hop on the YELLOW line and you’ll be in SF in no time 🙂