There are 4 ways to get from San Francisco to Alameda by subway, bus, taxi or car
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BART • 18 min
$3 - $4
Bus • 25 min
$2 - $5
2 alternative options
Taxi • 19 min
$80 - $100
Drive • 19 min
$1 - $2
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Questions & Answers
The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Alameda is to drive which costs $1 - $2 and takes 19 min.
The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Alameda is to BART which costs $3 - $4 and takes 18 min.
Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Salesforce Transit Center Bay 28 and arriving at Santa Clara Av & Stanton St. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 25 min.
Yes, there is a direct train departing from Civic Center / UN Plaza and arriving at Lake Merritt. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 18 min.
The distance between San Francisco and Alameda is 9 miles. The road distance is 14.3 miles.
The best way to get from San Francisco to Alameda without a car is to BART which takes 18 min and costs $3 - $4.
The BART from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Lake Merritt takes 18 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.
San Francisco to Alameda bus services, operated by AC Transit, depart from Salesforce Transit Center Bay 28 station.
San Francisco to Alameda train services, operated by BART, depart from Civic Center / UN Plaza station.
San Francisco to Alameda bus services, operated by AC Transit, arrive at Santa Clara Av & Stanton St station.
What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Alameda, Alameda County, CA, USA?
BART operates a vehicle from Civic Center / UN Plaza to Lake Merritt every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $3 - $4 and the journey takes 18 min. Alternatively, AC Transit operates a bus from Salesforce Transit Center Bay 28 to Santa Clara Av & Stanton St hourly. Tickets cost $2 - $5 and the journey takes 25 min. Amtrak also services this route 3 times a week.
Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.
Bus from San Francisco Salesforce Plaza to Oakland Jack London Square Station
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- 40 min
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San Francisco to Alameda train services, operated by BART, arrive at Lake Merritt station.
Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Alameda is 14 miles. It takes approximately 19 min to drive from San Francisco to Alameda.
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