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By Bus


Greyhound Bus Line is the only major intercity bus company in the US. Despite the fact that intercity bus travel is often the lowest priced travel option, it is not very popular in the US. Bus stations often resemble homeless shelters and people who have used buses often use metaphors such as “zoo”, “mental ward” and “prison yard” to communicate their opinion of their fellow travelers. And for long distances, flying is much quicker and, at certain times, less expensive. Yet with that said, if you are reading this section you most likely are considering going to San Francisco via bus. Or you have already booked a trip.  So rather than dissuading you from the idea, let me just tell you that Greyhound has only one station in San Francisco and that is in the South Of Market district near downtown. From there, you can easily pick up the city’s public transportation to your hostel.


So you really are thinking about taking a bus? Well, I guess travel is supposed to be an adventure. Right?


Of course, there are charter tourist buses operating out of San Francisco. These bear no resemblances to intercity common carriers (Greyhound) and then you will be in the good hands of the operators whose advice on the matter will exceed anything we can provide on these pages. 


Greyhound Bus Station
Neighborhood: SOMA
425 Mission Street
Suite 3
(between 1st St & Fremont St)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 495-1555 / Greyhound.com


By Train

Amtrak at the station


Amtrak is a government owned company that operates the nation’s (money losing) interstate passenger rail service. Though it does not have a rail station in San Francisco, it does offer service there via a shuttle bus that carries passengers between the rail stations in the East Bay and pick-up and drop-off points in San Francisco.  The East Bay stations are in Emeryville and Oakland.

There are four Amtrak routes that run out of the Bay Area:


  • The California Zephyr, which connects Emeryville with Chicago. From there one can link up with the rest of the East Coast.
  • The Coast Starlight runs between Los Angles and Seattle, with stops in Emeryville and Portland.
  • The Capitol Corridor connects Sacramento with Emeryville, with some trains going on to San Jose. . It runs 16 times daily (11 on weekends and holidays).
  • The San Joaquin runs four times daily between Emeryville and the San Joaquin Valley town of Bakersfield with stops in such valley towns as Fresno and Stockton.


The Amtrak shuttle bus drop-off and pick-up stops in San Francisco are:


Shopping Center Bus Stop
835 Market Street

Westfield San Francisco Center
San Francisco, CA 94103


Convention Center
747 Howard St.
4th & Howard Streets - Moscone Convention Ctr.
San Francisco, CA 94103


Civic Center
1139 Market Street
North side, between 7th and 8th Streets
San Francisco, CA 94102


Ferry Building
Station Building
101 The Embarcadero
at Mission St. and The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105


Howard and Beale Streets
Courtesy drop-only AM bus stop for commuters
San Francisco, CA 94105


Caltrain Station Bus Stop
700 4th St.
Fourth and Townsend Streets
San Francisco, CA 94107


Financial District Bus Stop
5 Embarcadero Center
Corner of California & Drumm Streets
San Francisco, CA 94111


Pier 39 - Fisherman's Wharf
Beach St. & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133


Details can be had at Amtrak.com


View Amtrak Shuttle Stops in a larger map



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