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Caltrain

San Francisco Caltrain Station

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Mission Bay, San Francisco
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  • Pat H.
    "Commute hour service isn't local, just express or bullet stops!"(9 Tips)
    Salvador T.
    "Come early if you need to do anything with your clipper card"(17 Tips)
    Colin T.
    "There are way more seats in the bike car than capacity for bikes."(13 Tips)
    Dj Slick D
    "This is the best way to get to the SF Giants game."(6 Tips)
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  • Michael G.
    Michael GeerJuly 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The guy who runs the concession stand at this station exudes so much positivity that everyone goes away smiling. Quite a cool example of how we all can be and the effect it would have on the world.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    What to do on new train: 1. Exit window 2. Power outlet 3. Table for laptop 4. Shade side to avoid sun left side south bound in evenings and left side north bound in mornings
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Monthly clipper card people! Don't forget to tag on and off at the beginning of the month. They do give two refunds back every six months but it is much it is much easier to tag.
    Upvoted May 16
  • GG
    GGMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The seats up top directly behind the double seat have the least amount of leg room on the train!
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Spatial awareness, people!! Please watch where you tote your oversized backpack, lest you slam it into a sitting passenger's face!
    Upvoted May 16
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The side where you don't see people going is typically less full, more comfortable, and more pleasant. Don't be a sheep, try something different and move away from the pack!
  • Monica Uthappa M.
    Monica Uthappa MaleyandaSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try and get here atleast 10 mins early during game day....or u will definitely miss the train..esp ppl who have to take the baby bullet..!!it gets crazy crowded. .
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezApril 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to Tag off. It could cost you a lot more to travel if you have the Monthly Pass or the 8-Ride...One of these days, Clipper will come up with a better way.
  • Leanne W.
    Leanne WaldalJuly 27, 2012
    if you miss the train, panera has faster free WiFi and more comfy seating and is quieter than the creamery, but if you want tech gossip, wait for the next train at the creamery
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyAugust 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There are quite a few bike placement micromanagers. Remember to smile when they provide guidance on where to place your bike.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Monthly clipper card people! Don't forget to tag on and off at the beginning of the month. They do give two refunds back every six months but it is much
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    In the mornings sit on the west side of the train and when coming back in the evenings sit on the east side. Otherwise you risk being sweaty and blind when you arrive.
  • Aki Y.
    Aki YamakawaJune 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Use a coat hook to hang your bag - no more heavy bag sitting on your lap or putting it on the rack - easier to manage your stuff
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezDecember 11, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    When sitting in the double facing seats. The person there first gets first right to sit the way they want.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin StubeFebruary 2, 2015
    Don't be an ass. If you are alone, don't take the two seats facing each other and put your feet up on the other seat
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Please don't merge individual trains into this venue. Individual trains are legitimate venues per foursquare.com/info/venueguidelines - "Ok: ... Subways, buses, and trains ...". Safe travels! -Tantek Read more
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.
    Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 LinAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you get the Caltrain monthly pass on a Clipper Card you only have to tag on / off once a month.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PerryJune 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cyclists: If you don't have a destination tag, ask other cyclists where they are getting off the train and position your bike with other bikes that are going to or near your destination.
  • Martyn H.
    Martyn HaighJuly 12, 2013
    I love your accents, you lovely American people. You make even mundane things, like train service announcements, awesome.
  • Zach C.
    Zach ColeMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Commuter tip: if you sit on the top level in the morning heading south, sit on the right side to avoid being blinded by the sunrise.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Put a tag on your bike and try and put it in the crate that is going where you are going or begins those getting off before you.
  • General Electric
    General ElectricNovember 28, 2012
    Train on time? The Industrial Internet connects intelligent data to locomotives, jet engines, and other machines, helping customers cut costs, save fuel, and boost efficiency. Read more
  • Michelle N.
    Michelle NguyenApril 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    All the trains leave on time, exactly as scheduled. That extra ten minutes of sleep is NEVER worth running after and jumping onto the train Indiana Jones style. Especially in heels.
  • Michael U.
    Michael UlrichApril 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Caltrain staff is super nice! They are very good at informing passengers about the stops they're taking and times.
  • Claire W.
    Claire WhiteMarch 5, 2015
    If you're not familiar with Caltrain, don't worry. It's simple. It will tell you what zone you're in and zone of your destination. Simply pay for what zone you're going to.
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FoxAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    I think the machine that reloads Clipper Cards runs on a landline with a dial-up connection. If you’re planning on reloading your Card before a trip, leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Neil M.
    Neil MansillaJune 26, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Share my aversion for the droves of drunk dudes? Ride in the bike car. Seating is sparse and too spread out for bro-borg collective.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The bike car in the new trains has power outlets and enough space between seats to sit opposite someone you aren't dating #progress
  • Brian B.
    Brian BulkowskiJune 11, 2015
    Citybike share has a huge rack right outside, grab a bike to anywhere in soma or fidi instead of fighting the bike crowd
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The coveted power supply seat in the old train! upper level between 6-7 seat!
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy Li5 days ago
    Been here 50+ times
    If you have some time to kill, grab snacks at Safeway across the street or Philz Coffee a couple of blocks away.
  • Cody T.
    Cody TolmasoffFebruary 4, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you purchase your monthly pass from the clipper card machine at this station, you don't have to tag on and off on the first day of the month.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Pretty sure this station was designed and is run by a bunch of toddlers. It's the most disorganized big city train/subway station I've experienced.
  • Cuba D.
    Cuba DuboisDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    They need to add a third bike car for limited-stop trains. Caltrain won't let your bike on if the two bike cars are full and there is plenty of standing room for non-bicyclists.
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.September 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    For a charge while cruising the peninsula, look for outlets on the second story of the old trains near the middle of each car.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LewisSeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't sit on the right side of the train going southbound. It gets pretty hot sitting in the sun for an hour.
  • Neil M.
    Neil McCarthyNovember 10, 2010
    Check out the opera singers that song for money sometimes during the morning commute. Also, don't sleep on the breakfast at Subway!
  • Michael M.
    Michael M.February 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Clipper users: if you are using eCash or an 8-ride ticket, always tag off at your arrival station.
  • Emily T.
    Emily T.August 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't forget to tag on and off! Otherwise you'll be charged for the entire ride!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMarch 17, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are using your ClipperCard to start here, make sure you tag off, for heaven sakes, because it is a very expensive charge from this location $12.75....
  • Wilson F.
    Wilson Favre-DelerueAugust 31, 2016
    Home of creaky, loud and, particularly egregiously, slow trains. If you've ever enjoyed (proper) train service in Europe or Asia, give up hope. Or lobby your government.
  • Kiran B.
    Kiran BhattaramOctober 26, 2013
    Be on time. Watching the train pull out as you arrive is heartwrenching
  • Alex B.
    Alex BortokJune 29, 2013
    Need a car for a day or a couple of hours down the way? Go to @getaround to rent one of those waiting next to every Caltrain station. You'll have wheels in 5 min
  • Nick D.
    Nick D'AmbrosiMarch 13, 2013
    One seat on each side of the upper level has power outlets!
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Sit and enjoy a bottle of wine with a friend! It's almost like a "happy hour" type of commute!
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralOctober 21, 2013
    Free wifi and you can find power outlets on the top cars about 5-6 rows in.
  • Jarrett W.
    Jarrett WMay 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Subway is open late in the station in case youre hungry. Food and drink are allowed on CalTrain!!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CoxDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you miss your train don't fret. Walk a block down Berry St. to Philz & get an awesome cup of coffee.
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    #protip Power outlets in middle of upper level.
  • Helio M.
    Pay attention because there's a different schedule for weekends
  • @Roem
    @RoemJuly 26, 2011
    Grab a drink or sandwich before you board the train. Makes the ride much nicer. Don't forget to tag off at your destination with your Clipper Card! Read more
  • William D.
    William DiazJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Do the bicyclists a favor, DO NOT SIT IN THE BIKE CAR unless you are transporting a bike with you! There are 3 dedicated cars for non-bikers which have plenty of seats. Please respect your fellow pass
  • Duane S.
    Duane SoubirousAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Safeway's always a good place to wander to when you've missed your train and have to wait an hour for the next local.
  • Pat H.
    Pat HealyAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you check to ensure that you're on the right train. Commute hour service isn't local, just express or bullet stops!
  • Lizzie N.
    Lizzie NgoFebruary 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The upper level seats have outlets somewhere in the middle seats (:
  • Paulina
    PaulinaAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Get here with some time to spare. Caltrain people always check Clipper Cards when there's only a minute before train departure.
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to leave a long time to use the Clipper machine because it is slow and may have a line
  • Suko Q.
    Suko QJune 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    only sit in the bike car if you have a bike, bikers need to be close by to move their bikes
  • David ☕️ K.
    David ☕️ KleinFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Buy a beer to get a free bottle opener
  • Candice D.
    Candice DayoanJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get on your train before you check in on Foursquare...don't want to miss it!
  • Emmanuel Q.
    Emmanuel QuarteyApril 5, 2015
    Ticket dispenser only takes cash and credit cards - no debit cards - but there's an ATM.
  • GG
    GGOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Take note of where the sun is before hopping on the train. Sit on the other side. Nothing worse than the sun in your eyes the whole trip.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezSeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Toilet cars stink especial in the older trains. They are nearly unbearable when hot!
  • Franz H.
    Franz HurtadoMay 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you plan to sleep, sit away from the front of the train. The horn will keep you up the whole trip.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    You can get a bottle of water at the small newsstand inside for $1
  • Dj Slick D
    Dj Slick DApril 8, 2011
    Coming from the Peninsula or South Bay? This is the best way to get to the SF Giants game.
  • Janet F.
    Janet FoutsFebruary 6
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a minute to look around inside before you rush to the trains. It's a beautiful station.
  • Hartej S.
    Hartej SinghSeptember 19, 2011
    At least its better than njtransit. Hopefully one day american mass transportation will catch up to the rest of the world.
  • Ari C.
    Ari CMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Remember what the roller coaster operator tells you, "stay seated until the train comes to a complete stop!" Unless you wanna throw your back or lose a tooth.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PerryJune 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Cyclists: Don't ride in the station or on the sidewalk. Wait till you are on the street.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Sometimes the SF Opera folks come and sing and it's absolutely amazing.
  • Teri T.
    Teri TemmeSeptember 21, 2012
    Sit in the upper seats if there is room - less people standing over you on busy trains
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Avoid sun-tan by taking the seat on opposite side to Sun... west side in morning and east side in evening
  • Amanda
    AmandaOctober 14, 2011
    Use the band of the day iPhone app to make your journey awesome
  • Ari C.
    Ari CFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you use clipper direct (clipper's version of commuter check), you can't do one time orders for caltrain monthly passes anymore. It has to be recurring every month.
  • James G.
    James GuigayomaMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Clipper Monthly Pass users: remember to tag on and off on your first ride of the month.
  • Amy A.
    Amy Arambulo NegretteAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    It doesn't matter how many Giants fans are clogging the platform out or how badass you think you are, the cops will catch you if you jump off the platform to leave through a different door. It will be
  • Pat H.
    Pat HealyAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The 10, 30, 45, 47, 82X, 83X, 91, and Amtrak shuttles stop on townsend St. N and K stop on king St!
  • Emily B.
    Emily BOctober 29, 2013
    Clipper reload machine on the right is broken. USE the reload machine on the LEFT!
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengJune 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    AT&T Park is really close by! Yas SF Giants!! ⚾️⚾️
  • Salvador T.
    Salvador TovarJanuary 8, 2013
    Come early if you need to do anything with your clipper card
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 25, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    There are no power crossing the lower level on the new cars.
  • Ali-John S.
    Ali-John SondossiApril 27, 2011
    7th seat back on either side of the top deck are power outlets. Secrets out sorry power hoarders >:D
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    No need to take your clipper card out of wallet. The readers on stations and on train can read it through the wallets.
  • Kelley Y.
    Kelley YJanuary 14, 2015
    Stop by the avenue for lunch or dinner spots
  • Jennifer E.
    Jennifer EvansFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty nice station with a subway and snack bar.
  • Mari H.
    Mari HanikatOctober 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    No drinking of alcoholic beverages after 9pm. if you're caught drinking, next stop will be your stop.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JohnsFebruary 25, 2012
    Good way to get from San Jose to SF. Not as confusing as some other mass transits
  • Amanda
    AmandaOctober 14, 2011
    Sit on the right side in the a.m if you don't want the sun blaring in your face
  • Eleanor E.
    Eleanor EApril 22, 2012
    Find a seat on the second level and take a nap.
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine SMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Check Twitter for latest updates on delays. #Caltrain and @Caltrain_News are helpful
  • William D.
    William DiazSeptember 1, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Riding bike on Townsend to/from Caltrain? Stop at the 5th Street Stop Sign! Cops on motorcycles WILL ticket you for failure.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Pay attention to the days that the Giants play home games. Avoid Caltrain accordingly. Read more
  • Ben D.
    Ben DruckerMarch 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy your ticket in the station. No mobile ticketing and no buying tickets on the train.
  • jaireh t.
    jaireh tFebruary 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The bombardier trains have outlets for your laptop usually the 8.59 southbound trains have them. On 4th and king there is free wifi
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongJuly 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A usual train station - a great way to travel between San Francisco, San Mateo and San Jose!
  • Xiulung
    XiulungFebruary 9, 2014
    Give yourself at least ten minutes to add value to your clipper card. Those machines take forever.
  • Nikhil C.
    Nikhil ChopraJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Regular old trains have power outlet on upper floor at 4th or 5th seat
  • Gilbert L.
    Gilbert LewDecember 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    There is a Subway sandwich here at this station. In the morning you are greeted to the smell of fresh baked bread in the air.
  • Kyle F.
    Kyle FowlerOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Taking anything but a bullet train can be torture if you live in San Jose
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