On BART during
commute hours seats are usually taken so you can not sit and read a
paper but must stand and hold on. No coffee, no views. BART is also
not terrifically reliable. A rodent chews through a cable and the
system goes down. A car catches on fire from a sticking brake and an
entire line stops. Software hangs up and the cars slow to manual
BART from Alameda to SF
is $5.80 round trip from the Oakland 12th street station but you have to
pay for parking. The bus to the BART station costs $3.50 round trip. So
total cost is going to be $9.30 round-trip without parking.
The Alameda to San Francisco ferry (see the schedule)
is $8.50 round-trip when you buy a commute book of tickets, and INCLUDES
a transfer to the bus to and from the ferry in BOTH San Francisco and
Alameda, or park for free at the Alameda terminal!
We have not had a ferry
adrift yet. Live on an island 20
min. from San Francisco. Take the ferry to the City!
Why commute? If you will be working in SF you
might take a look at some past San Francisco newspaper articles.
Why commute? If you
will be working in SF you might take a look at some past San
Francisco newspaper articles. To show how serious the locals take
the subject, all are front page articles. The San Francisco Examiner looks at
the rental market in the Bay Area. The San Francisco
Chronicle's "Desperately Seeking 2 Bedrooms" compare rental markets
in SF, Alameda, the Peninsula, Marin, etc. They chose Alameda over
the others. Bottom line? The SF rental market is just not as
The San Francisco
Chronicle "Smooth Sailing to the Office" front-page article shows the
fastest ferry ride on the bay to SF is from Alameda. It is quoted as
twenty minutes in the ferry schedule, but can be faster.
Coffee and the Chronicle on the
way to work, a glass of Chardonnay and a sunset on the way home.
Very civilized compared to BART's standing room only cheek to jowl,
haunch to paunch, environment.
Alameda Ferry is a terrific way to get to San Francisco. For an
afternoon of fun or a day of work. AC Transit bus service to and from
the Alameda Ferry is free. And if you prefer to drive, parking is
free at the 2990 Main Street ferry terminal in Alameda. Just park
and get on. You buy tickets on board. When you get off the ferry in
San Francisco you can use your ticket for free Muni travel both to
and from the ferry. The ferry terminal is much quicker to get to
than a BART station. You can ride your bike to the ferry and take it
on board with you. The ferry is easier, faster, and lot more fun
the Chronicle on the way to work, a glass of Chardonnay and a sunset
on the way home.
A.C. transit TransBay
bus takes approximately thirty minutes from Alameda to the San Francisco
bus terminal downtown. The TransBay bus leaves from directly in front of
some of our locations. A one
month pass which gives you unlimited travel on all AC Transit buses for
San Francisco Bay Ferry
see the schedule
San Francisco bus service
Bay Area rail service
East bay bus service to SF
Alameda is the
quickest commute to SF when you take the ferry. It is also the most for
your money. Great views, coffee in the morning, a newspaper, and perhaps
a glass of wine while you watch the sunset on the way home. You arrive
at the gorgeous, historic, Ferry Building (upper right on map below).
1) Transbay Bus
2) Justin Herman Plaza
3) Embarcadero Center
4) Transamerica Building
5) Golden Gate University
6) Crocker Galleria
7) St. Marys Square
8) The Chinatown Dragon Gate
9) Union Square
See the Ferry Terminal on a
down Main Street one mile to the water.
It is fun: On the water with spectacular views
It is fast: The quickest way to get to SF
Bikes: Ride your bike and take it on board
Free bus: Your ferry ticket is good on the bus
It is cheap: You save over BART or the Bus
It goes other places: Angel Island, Oakland,
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