Capitol Corridor makes traveling to San Francisco easy with a comfortable, convenient, and traffic-free travel option.

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March 7, 2019

Travel to San Francisco With Ease on the Capitol Corridor

The Capitol Corridor makes traveling to San Francisco easy and fun. With 18 stops along a beautiful, 170-mile route between Auburn/Sacramento and San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, the Capitol Corridor, operated by Amtrak, is a comfortable, convenient, and traffic-free way to reach San Francisco from either the capitol region or the South Bay.

Getting to San Francisco

There are a number of ways to get to San Francisco with the Capitol Corridor:

  1. Dedicated Bus Connection: Take Capitol Corridor to Emeryville in the East Bay. From there, a bus connection links travelers to San Francisco's Transbay Terminal* in approximately 30 minutes. Located in the SoMa neighborhood, the Transbay Terminal is a central location to reach key attractions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Moscone Center, and Oracle Park. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Muni options are nearby to help reach destinations further out.
  2. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): Take the Capitol Corridor to Richmond or Oakland Coliseum Station and transfer to BART, which offers fast and frequent service to San Francisco. Please note that BART is not part of the Capitol Corridor and passengers must purchase a separate fare for BART trips. Clipper payment cards, which are accepted on BART and other transit agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area (but not the Capitol Corridor), are available for purchase in the Café Car of Capitol Corridor trains. Clipper cards or paper BART tickets can also be purchased at any BART station. Read more about the Capitol Corridor’s connections to other transit providers.
  3. San Francisco Bay Ferry: Take the Capitol Corridor to the Oakland Jack London Square Station and connect to the San Francisco Bay Ferry for a more leisurely and relaxing ride into San Francisco, including special ferry service to Oracle Park for San Francisco Giants games. The ferry dock is a pleasant 10-minute walk from the train station along the Jack London Square waterfront. Like BART, the ferry is not part of the Capitol Corridor system, so you’ll need to purchase your ticket separately. Be sure to check the ferry schedule to ensure your connection.

*At peak times, the bus connection provides service to/from additional city locations, including the Financial District, PIER 39, and the Westfield Shopping Centre. Please check the Capitol Corridor timetable for details.

Capitol Corridor tickets can be purchased online, via Amtrak's mobile app, or at the station from a ticket agent or self-service kiosk. Tickets purchased online are issued as electronic tickets (eTickets), accessible as a printable PDF, or viewable on your mobile device. Paper tickets are issued when purchasing from a station agent or kiosk. After boarding the train, present your eTicket or paper ticket to the conductor once seated, or show to the bus driver upon boarding a bus connection.

One-way and round-trip tickets are available, as well as discounted 10-ride and monthly tickets for more frequent riders. Dedicated bus connections between Emeryville and San Francisco can be purchased as part of the overall journey.

Read more about ticket options, fares, and ticket policies here. To save money, be sure to check out the Capitol Corridor’s Deals & Promotions page for seasonal and everyday discounts.

On-Board Amenities

Travel on the Capitol Corridor is comfortable and worry-free, with free Wi-Fi, spacious single or group seating options, electrical outlets, and restrooms on all coach cars.

Most trains feature a Café Car, offering a selection of premium sandwiches, fresh salads, snacks, beverages, and more. A wide selection of alcoholic beverages, including local beers, are also available. Read more about food & beverage options on the Capitol Corridor here.

Bicycles and Baggage

Bicyclists love the Capitol Corridor and the Capitol Corridor loves bicycles! Trains have lower level bike racks and designated bike cars available on a first-come, first-served basis. Connecting buses also provide bike storage either in the luggage compartment underneath or on front-end bike racks. Please read more about bikes on board here.

For weekend getaways, passengers are allowed to bring two pieces of luggage up to 50lbs each, along with two personal carry-on items. Read more about baggage policies here.

The Green Way to Go

In addition to being an enjoyable and convenient travel option, the Capitol Corridor is a win for the environment. When more people take trains and buses, fewer cars are on the road, which contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Visit the Capitol Corridor's Green Travel page to learn more.

For more information about the Capitol Corridor’s train and dedicated connecting bus service, please visit www.capitolcorridor.org, where you'll find schedules and fares, along with a First-Time Rider Guide, FAQ, destination guide, and more.

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