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Powell St. BART Station

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Downtown San Francisco-Union Square, San Francisco
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  • Angela
    "You then link the car tag to your Clipper card."(5 Tips)
    Chris 🍻 M.
    "broken escalators is a fun game"(2 Tips)
    Marc E.
    "There's only 1 BART entrance now because of upgrades."(2 Tips)
    Bianca H.
    "Westfield basement."(2 Tips)
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  • specktro z.
    Bad service and bad instructions for non-local people...
  • Island Bruin
    Island BruinOctober 5, 2016
    Starbucks outside BART entrance.
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnJuly 23, 2016
    The elevator has been out of service for so long, I can't remember WHEN it was actually working!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SandbergJuly 2, 2016
    Escalators are like streets; if you want to be slow and enjoy the urine smell, stand on the right, and let other people pass on the left
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongApril 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Westfield San Francisco Centre? Union Square? This is your stop!
  • sabler
    sablerDecember 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Keep walking, just keep walking. No, trust me, just *keep* *walking*.
  • Ellen M.
    Ellen McGrodyMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Escalators being down breaks my heart. Never enough places to sit even though there is more room for benches.
  • Karla
    KarlaMarch 5, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Hold your nose.
  • Brett W.
    Brett WFebruary 26, 2015
    Don't awaken the sleeping homeless.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanJanuary 17, 2015
    It's white inside, except for the dirt.
  • Chrisanna J.
    Chrisanna JohnsonMarch 22, 2014
    Elevator out by the Visitor's center (!)) ...by report for some time. FYI for those others w luggage.
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is the station to get most easily to/from the Union Square located hotels from/to SFO or connecting Amtrak services to/from Richmond BART Station
  • Jeffrey-Ryan B.
    Jeffrey-Ryan B.October 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Often platform is packed to get on a train so try walking to embarcadero station to get on before the people in the financial stop all get on and crowd the trains during peak hours xx
  • hill b.
    hill billyOctober 15, 2013
    stranger danger
  • lynn f.
    lynn friedmanSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    if the weather sucks you can enter Bart or muni via sf shopping center basement
  • Jerrie U.
    Jerrie UriasAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There's some shady people here... Watch ur back!
  • Kat C.
    Kat ChenJuly 27, 2013
    The nicest information people!
  • Chris 🍻 M.
    Chris 🍻 MakarskyJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    avoiding the poop from homeless people as you walk up the broken escalators is a fun game you can play by yourself in the mornings!
  • Bray L.
    Bray LoveJuly 16, 2013
    It would be nice if people would wait for you to exit the train before trying to get on...
    Upvoted Jul 17
  • Andrea L.
    Andrea LukeJune 3, 2013
    Of course this guy was ready to help for my change.lol.I was glad to do it
  • Rafael O.
    Rafael OchoaMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Save $1.75! Don't take the train if your destination is Embarcadero, Montgomery St. or Civic Center/UN Plaza. Those stations are a short walk away.
  • Angela
    AngelaFebruary 26, 2013
    To pay for parking with a Clipper card you need to order online a hanging tag for your car. You then link the car tag to your Clipper card.
  • Angela
    AngelaFebruary 26, 2013
    Seniors get a discount with a Clipper card.
  • Yaroslav S.
    Yaroslav ShirokovJanuary 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you arrive right as your train pulls out so you enjoy this station for as long as possible!
  • Len L.
    Len LovingJanuary 7, 2013
    THIS is where you must go FIRST of you've never been to San Francisco. All the crazies, riff raff, street "artists", and anyone else gathers. It sets the tone for a fun visit!
  • Tiff T.
    Tiff TingDecember 4, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Elevator from street level to concourse located at the northwest corner of Powell and Ellis
  • Andrew
    AndrewDecember 2, 2012
    Mario on accordion...it doesn't get much better than that!
  • Eli F.
    Eli FreyNovember 21, 2012
    The cars with new seats smell fresher.
  • Bianca H.
    Bianca HNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab free chocolate samples by gliding by Ghirardelli in the Westfield basement.
  • Jake K.
    Jake KaufmanOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the "stress test" guys. They are Scientologists hungry for your money!
  • Sally S.
    Sally SteinerOctober 15, 2012
    Watch out for the woman trying to scam for a bart ticket in return for giving you "directions" on the easiest mode of transportation available. Just say no.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissSeptember 29, 2012
    Free ice cream today! Happy 40th, BART!
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FryAugust 25, 2012
    I'm indifferent
  • Ira S.
    Ira SerkesAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Richmond should be the lowest map but it's better than map
  • Lindsay P.
    Lindsay PJune 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for guys who bug you when you're buying your tickets- even if it seems like they're trying to help, they're really just trying to get your PIN or scam you out of money.
  • Mollena W.
    Mollena WilliamsJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    At least 50% of th time I'm lured into the mall when I just wanna escape into the street. Damn you, Mrs. Field's Cookies!!
  • Sonja H.
    Sonja HirasunaMay 28, 2012
    The escalators never work.
  • Josef C.
    Josef CasimiroMay 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Once you step in the train, either sit or stand. Don't think about what your going to do and hold up people going in or walking on the isle. So annoying. Thanks!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarrettoMay 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Take it down. Down towwwwwwwn!
  • Ray S.
    Ray SApril 25, 2012
    Don't take the elevator here unless you have to, smells like strong urine.
  • Jordan W.
    Jordan WalkerApril 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Still the worst fucking Bart station in existence
  • Jordan W.
    Jordan WalkerApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Hands down. The worst fucking Bart station.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarrettoMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you aren't walking on the escalator, keep right
  • 811417 ..
    811417 .March 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use the bart rider app (android) to get arrival times.
  • Spencer S.
    Spencer StrikerMarch 4, 2012
    Don't put 2 ppl on 1 ticket or you'll get a noob fail voucher SS
  • Marc E.
    Marc EscuroMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    There's only 1 BART entrance now because of upgrades. It's... Very inconvenient.
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah Alvarez NeffFebruary 15, 2012
    Pay attention to the car length markers. A 5 car train can slip right by.....
  • Kellen F.
    Kellen FreemanFebruary 2, 2012
    They're playing Big Pimpin'. That's how you know it's good.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BalcedaJanuary 16, 2012
    Watch out for confused tourists
  • gDuranAguirre
    gDuranAguirreDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Be mindful of the people on the escalators. Stay to the right if you aren't moving, there's probably an angry mob behind you, cursing and screaming for you to get outta the way.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WeaverDecember 18, 2011
    Here comes the train again...proving that my life is a tragedy, slogging me back to my destination...
  • Quinton W.
    Quinton WallNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't get on. Just walk instead
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestNovember 10, 2011
    Good cell reception here=you can enjoy my sweet tunes!
  • Eric S.
    Eric StegemannNovember 6, 2011
    Welcome or Goodbye from SF - BART got me to love public transportation
  • Chris C.
    Chris CNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid the Elevator - its a urinal for homeless folk
  • John B.
    John BerrangNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Only 3G service but its something.
  • Irik
    IrikOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    You cannot add a monthly Adult Fast Pass onto your Clipper card. You have to go to a Muni Clipper machine.
  • Tiana M.
    Tiana MooreSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Stay home today!!
  • RJ
    RJSeptember 9, 2011
    The target of many a protest and station shutdown.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TillmanSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    When waiting in line for a train and a train you don't want to get on comes into the station please step away and let others get past you. Blocking the entrance to the train doors is just rude.
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PosadasSeptember 2, 2011
    Watch out for scammers at the bart ticket machines!
  • Angel V.
    Angel VueAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you'd like a seat, usually the first and couple last Bart trains are the way to go. Otherwise you'll be shoulder to shoulder.
  • candice b.
    candice bellAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy a youth pass, they'll never know the difference.
  • Barbara S.
    Barbara SilvermanAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    No Civic Center stop today. There's a Civil Disturbance.
  • Wendell S.
    Wendell SolivenJuly 28, 2011
    Be leary with the people around you.
  • Elvin M.
    Elvin MatosJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't sit anywhere. Don't touch anything. Matter of fact, you should wear a hazmat suit.
  • Anthony N.
    Anthony NachorJune 21, 2011
    So many passages available to use, especially when the streets are packed.
  • Walgreens
    WalgreensJune 17, 2011
    Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using public transportation. Especially during flu season. There’s a way to stay well.
  • Rod S.
    Rod SFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The downtown CCSF campus is one block away at the corner of Mission and 4th. Get yourself to class.
  • Yosun C.
    Yosun ChangFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    THE ESCALATOR FINALLY WORKS!
  • Kenya W.
    Kenya WheelerJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are heading to the East Bay, walk towards the west (5th Street) end of the platform to board a train. There are often seats towards the rear of the train after commute hours.
  • αηηῘє 
    αηηῘє January 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Just passed by (⌒-⌒; )
  • Jennie B.
    Jennie B!January 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The strip at the top of the wall is orange so you can quickly know you're at Powell & not Montgomery which is purple.
  • Sara
    SaraDecember 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Green Day's music video for "When I Come Around" was filmed here! Don't run your fingers along the walls like they did, its nasty.
  • shihab n.
    shihab nNovember 29, 2010
    Halo
  • Laurent G.
    Laurent GodetNovember 7, 2010
    Civic Center & Powell : the 2 Main Stations for Union Square
  • Yosun C.
    Yosun ChangOctober 14, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    They are still working on the broken escalator on north 4th st exit...
  • Christian L.
    Christian L.October 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    There's free wi fi that seems to go till the end of the tunnel. Hope it stays free for a while.
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥September 25, 2010
    Don't forget to get your clipper card for free online! It makes everything so much easier.
  • Bobby M.
    Bobby MSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    I recently spotted the homeless woman who begs at the bottom of the outside escalator exiting her home in SoMa eating food. WTF
  • Lil M.
    Lil MikeAugust 18, 2010
    Avoid the cranky panhandler, but check out the phat ladies who each take up a whole seat talking about their self induced diabetes...
  • Pla V.
    Pla ValashJuly 28, 2010
    just right to the nordstorm!
  • Wilman A.
    Wilman AnugrahJuly 21, 2010
    touch down ,,, finally @ powell st bart.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LeeJuly 13, 2010
    I love how I can get reception in BART, finally.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CopelandJuly 10, 2010
    The hotel for Inman #ICSF is up the hill 2-3 blocks. Left on O'Farrell at 333 O'Farrell. Read more
  • Mike N.
    Mike NguyenJune 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Oh, the smell of coffee and urine in the morning! The hub BART station for downtown San Francisco, yet be careful of homeless beggers and a variety of performers. No bathrooms.
  • SFBART
    SFBARTMarch 5, 2010
    A popular station for buskers and performers like the Victorian mime lady: http://sfbart.posterous.com/victorian-mime-lady-who-are-you
  • antuan g.
    antuan goodwinFebruary 15, 2010
    wow, this is one of the few Bart stations that has good cellular reception!
  • Lisa X.
    Lisa XuFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Can be used to go from one side of the street to the other (via underground) when there's a parade or if it's raining
  • J S.
    J StromJanuary 13, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Careful about snacking on the platform, BART cops do enforce the no food and drink policy strictly!
  • Ramon S.
    Ramon SandinoDecember 7, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    if you're not going to walk up the escalator, stay on the right so you don't get trampled or hold anyone up.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LoftusOctober 24, 2009
    THX 1138
  • Ian M.
    Ian MacBeanJune 24, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    stay towards the outer entrances. tourists abound and most are lost.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CoronaDecember 2, 2015
    Para los extrangeros: cuesta aprox 7 dls ida y vuelta, pero vale la pena si vas a hacer una distancia larga
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