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San Francisco Caltrain Station

Train Station
Mission Bay, San Francisco
  • 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."(15 Tips)
    Dj Slick D
    "This is the best way to get to the SF Giants game."(6 Tips)
244 Tips and reviews
  • commute
  • mountain views
  • baby bullet
  • clipper card
  • biking
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  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikMarch 5, 2012
    Pedestrians: please walk to the 2nd or further train car to give bicyclists room to get onto the bike car. The 4th car is often for bikes as well; please only use it if you're bringing your bicycle!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Michael G.
    Michael GeerJuly 25, 2014
    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.
  • William D.
    William DiazJuly 21, 2010
    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
    Upvoted Jun 21
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2013
    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.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PerryJune 8, 2012
    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.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2013
    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!
  • 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
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AtkinsonJanuary 10, 2014
    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.
  • Tobi W.
    Tobi WhaleyNovember 23, 2013
    If you don't have a bike please don't sit in the bike car. There's not enough room a lot of time for this of us that have bikes, and we'd like to keep an eye on them.
  • Monica Uthappa M.
    Monica Uthappa MaleyandaSeptember 10, 2013
    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. .
  • Aki Y.
    Aki YamakawaJune 13, 2013
    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
  • Tantek Ç.
    Tantek ÇelikMarch 19, 2012
    Please don't merge individual trains into this venue. Individual trains are legitimate venues per - "Ok: ... Subways, buses, and trains ...". Safe travels! -Tantek Read more
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2013
    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
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 3, 2013
    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
    Upvoted Jun 9
  • Cody T.
    Cody TolmasoffFebruary 4, 2014
    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.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezApril 28, 2014
    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.
  • Ari C.
    Ari CFebruary 9, 2011
    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.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezDecember 11, 2013
    When sitting in the double facing seats. The person there first gets first right to sit the way they want.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WhiteJune 11, 2012
    Being a jerk doesn't earn karma points. Be courteous. Don't sit in the bike car without a bike. Certainly don't do it then argue that it's a ”free country.”
  • Kathy 🎉 L.
    Kathy 🎉 LinAugust 8, 2014
    If you get the Caltrain monthly pass on a Clipper Card you only have to tag on / off once a month.
  • GG
    GGMarch 7, 2013
    The seats up top directly behind the double seat have the least amount of leg room on the train!
  • Ari C.
    Ari CMarch 3, 2011
    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.
  • Cuba D.
    Cuba DuboisDecember 8, 2011
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 25, 2013
    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.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 2, 2014
    No feet on the seats please;( you walk in dirty places and no matter how clean you think they are, they are still dirty.
    Upvoted Jun 8
  • Zach C.
    Zach ColeMarch 28, 2012
    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.
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FoxAugust 7, 2014
    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.
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    General ElectricNovember 28, 2012
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  • Tiffany
    TiffanyAugust 9, 2012
    There are quite a few bike placement micromanagers. Remember to smile when they provide guidance on where to place your bike.
  • jaireh t.
    jaireh tFebruary 3, 2010
    The bombardier trains have outlets for your laptop usually the 8.59 southbound trains have them. On 4th and king there is free wifi
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksSeptember 15, 2011
    The bike car in the new trains has power outlets and enough space between seats to sit opposite someone you aren't dating #progress
  • Amy A.
    Amy Arambulo NegretteAugust 7, 2010
    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
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMarch 17, 2014
    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....
  • 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!
  • Michelle N.
    Michelle NguyenApril 3, 2012
    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
    The Caltrain staff is super nice! They are very good at informing passengers about the stops they're taking and times.
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.September 25, 2012
    For a charge while cruising the peninsula, look for outlets on the second story of the old trains near the middle of each car.
  • Emmanuel Q.
    Emmanuel QuarteyApril 5, 2015
    Ticket dispenser only takes cash and credit cards - no debit cards - but there's an ATM.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyMarch 17, 2015
    Just hold out your elbows and push through. Every man for themselves. Nothing's taken personally during rush hour and no one wants to stand during a commute.
  • Martyn H.
    Martyn HaighJuly 12, 2013
    I love your accents, you lovely American people. You make even mundane things, like train service announcements, awesome.
  • 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
  • Erik C.
    Erik CoxDecember 30, 2010
    If you miss your train don't fret. Walk a block down Berry St. to Philz & get an awesome cup of coffee.
  • Neil M.
    Neil MansillaJune 26, 2012
    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 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
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • William D.
    William DiazSeptember 1, 2010
    Riding bike on Townsend to/from Caltrain? Stop at the 5th Street Stop Sign! Cops on motorcycles WILL ticket you for failure.
  • 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
  • Eli R.
    Eli ReyesMay 25, 2010
    Take this train if you work in Redwood City or any other city south of downtown SF, you'll save yourself some time and gas money.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezOctober 18, 2013
    The coveted power supply seat in the old train! upper level between 6-7 seat!
  • Marlon E.
    Marlon EApril 30, 2013
    If you're in a hurry and need to make a Clipper Card transaction, go to the Walgreens across the street. The machines at the station are super slow.
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