Public Transportation

Visit www.511.org to find complete information on all of the public transportation options, traffic alerts, and green transportation alternatives in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.

Buses

MUNI

MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway) operates San Francisco's buses, subways, streetcars, and historic cable cars. Undergraduate students have a semester pass for all SF Muni lines incorporated into their tuition. Undergraduate students may pick up the SF Muni pass beginning the first day of the fall and spring semesters in the University Center building. Muni passes are only available during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students must have their USF One Card in order to pick up their SF Muni pass.

Muni offers a discounted monthly pass for individuals on a limited income. The Lifeline Pass is offered at a 50% discount off the standard adult monthly pass price. To find out more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the SFMTA website

Popular bus routes for USF include:

  • Stops within 1 block of USF: 5/5R Fulton (runs 24/7), 31 Balboa, 43 Masonic.
  • Stops within 1-3 blocks of USF: 38 Geary (runs 24/7), 21 Hayes, 33 Stanyan.

Wheelchair access varies per route, but all Metro (underground) stations are fully accessible.

Check Muni times at NextBus

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Phone: (415) 673-6864
Web: www.sfmuni.com

AC Transit

AC Transit buses connect San Francisco with East Bay cities in the counties of Alameda and west Contra Costa, including the cities of Oakland and Berkeley. In San Francisco, AC Transit buses depart daily from Transbay Terminal located at First and Mission Streets.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (510) 817-1717
Web: www.actransit.org

Golden Gate Bus

Golden Gate Bus transit serves San Francisco and North Bay communities including Sausalito, Mill Valley, and other towns as far north as Santa Rosa.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 455-2000
Web: www.goldengatetransit.org

SAMTRANS

SamTrans transit serves San Francisco and San Mateo County communities including Daly City, San Bruno, and other towns as far south as Palo Alto.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: 1-800-660-4287
Web: http://www.samtrans.com/

Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits for Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff are eligible to set aside pre-tax dollars for qualified commuting expenses up to the monthly IRS limit. Additionally, full-time faculty and staff who do not have a university parking permit and who are not listed on a carpool parking permit may qualify for a USF commuter subsidy contribution of up to $78 per month. For more information, please visit Human Resources' Commuter Benefits web page.

Guaranteed Trip Home Program

The Guaranteed Trip Home Program is available to faculty and staff whom either carpool or take public transit to work. The program is intended for those employees who live within the Bay Area and are forced with an emergency that requires an immediate departure from campus to home.

Learn more about this program at https://sfenvironment.org/emergency-ride-home.

Trains

BART

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) rail lines link San Francisco with the East Bay and Colma. In San Francisco, trains run under Market Street with stops at the Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street, and the Civic Center Stations.

TRAIN HOURS:

  • Monday-Friday, 4:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Saturday, 6:00 a.m. - midnight
  • Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - midnight

All BART stations and cars are wheelchair accessible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 989-2278
Web: www.bart.gov

Caltrain

Caltrain provides rail service daily between San Francisco and San Jose. Trains are scheduled to accommodate commuter travel.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (800) 660-4287
Web: www.caltrain.com

Amtrak

Amtrak provides train service throughout California. USF students are eligible for a 15% student discount

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL
Web: www.amtrak.com/san-joaquins

FERRIES

Golden Gate Ferry

Golden Gate Ferry Service provides daily service between the San Francisco Ferry Building and terminals in Larkspur and Sausalito.

Ferries are wheelchair accessible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 455-2000
Web: www.goldengateferry.org

TIDELINE

Tideline Ferry Services provide daily services between San Francisco Pier 1.5 and terminals in Berkeley.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (415) 339-0196
Web: https://www.tidelinetickets.com/

SAN FRANCISCO BAY FERRY

The San Francisco Bay Ferry Services provide services all around the Bay Area harbors including San Francisco, Alameda, Oakland, Harbor Bay, Richmond, and as north as Vallejo.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Phone: (707) 643-3779
Web: https://sanfranciscobayferry.com/