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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)
245 Tips and reviews
  • commute
  • mountain views
  • clipper card
  • baby bullet
  • biking
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  • Tantek Ç.
    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!
    Tantek Çelik · March 5, 2012
  • Michael G.
    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.
    Michael Geer · July 25, 2014
  • William D.
    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
    William Diaz · July 21, 2010
  • Jon S.
    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.
    Jon Sanchez · May 30, 2013
  • Nick P.
    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.
    Nick Perry · June 8, 2012
  • Jon S.
    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!
    Jon Sanchez · May 30, 2013
  • Leanne W.
    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
    Leanne Waldal · July 27, 2012
  • Jesse A.
    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.
    Jesse Atkinson · January 10, 2014
  • Tobi W.
    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.
    Tobi Whaley · November 23, 2013
  • Monica Uthappa M.
    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. .
    Monica Uthappa Maleyanda · September 10, 2013
  • Tantek Ç.
    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
    Tantek Çelik · March 19, 2012
  • Aki Y.
    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
    Aki Yamakawa · June 13, 2013
  • Jon S.
    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 Sanchez · May 30, 2013
  • Jon S.
    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 Sanchez · July 3, 2013
  • Cody T.
    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.
    Cody Tolmasoff · February 4, 2014
  • Jon S.
    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.
    Jon Sanchez · April 28, 2014
  • Ari C.
    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.
    Ari C · February 9, 2011
  • Jon S.
    When sitting in the double facing seats. The person there first gets first right to sit the way they want.
    Jon Sanchez · December 11, 2013
  • Katie W.
    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.”
    Katie White · June 11, 2012
  • Kathy 🎉 L.
    If you get the Caltrain monthly pass on a Clipper Card you only have to tag on / off once a month.
    Kathy 🎉 Lin · August 8, 2014
  • GG
    The seats up top directly behind the double seat have the least amount of leg room on the train!
    GG · March 7, 2013
  • Ari C.
    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.
    Ari C · March 3, 2011
  • Cuba D.
    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.
    Cuba Dubois · December 8, 2011
  • Claire W.
    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.
    Claire White · March 5, 2015
  • Jon S.
    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 Sanchez · July 25, 2013
  • Stephen F.
    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.
    Stephen Fox · August 7, 2014
  • Jon S.
    No feet on the seats please;( you walk in dirty places and no matter how clean you think they are, they are still dirty.
    Jon Sanchez · May 2, 2014
  • Zach C.
    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.
    Zach Cole · March 28, 2012
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  • jaireh t.
    The bombardier trains have outlets for your laptop usually the 8.59 southbound trains have them. On 4th and king there is free wifi
    jaireh t · February 3, 2010
  • Tiffany
    There are quite a few bike placement micromanagers. Remember to smile when they provide guidance on where to place your bike.
    Tiffany · August 9, 2012
  • Kevin M.
    The bike car in the new trains has power outlets and enough space between seats to sit opposite someone you aren't dating #progress
    Kevin Marks · September 15, 2011
  • Amy A.
    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
    Amy Arambulo Negrette · August 7, 2010
  • Jon S.
    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....
    Jon Sanchez · March 17, 2014
  • Neil M.
    Check out the opera singers that song for money sometimes during the morning commute. Also, don't sleep on the breakfast at Subway!
    Neil McCarthy · November 10, 2010
  • Michelle N.
    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.
    Michelle Nguyen · April 3, 2012
  • Emmanuel Q.
    Ticket dispenser only takes cash and credit cards - no debit cards - but there's an ATM.
    Emmanuel Quartey · April 5, 2015
  • Michael U.
    The Caltrain staff is super nice! They are very good at informing passengers about the stops they're taking and times.
    Michael Ulrich · April 16, 2012
  • Christina C.
    For a charge while cruising the peninsula, look for outlets on the second story of the old trains near the middle of each car.
    Christina C. · September 25, 2012
  • Ashley M.
    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.
    Ashley Mowrey · March 17, 2015
  • Erik C.
    If you miss your train don't fret. Walk a block down Berry St. to Philz & get an awesome cup of coffee.
    Erik Cox · December 30, 2010
  • Alex B.
    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
    Alex Bortok · June 29, 2013
  • Martyn H.
    I love your accents, you lovely American people. You make even mundane things, like train service announcements, awesome.
    Martyn Haigh · July 12, 2013
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Steak Tartare With Quail Egg - The only thing better than steak is raw beef! Very flavorful and spicy.
  • Neil M.
    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.
    Neil Mansilla · June 26, 2012
  • William D.
    Riding bike on Townsend to/from Caltrain? Stop at the 5th Street Stop Sign! Cops on motorcycles WILL ticket you for failure.
    William Diaz · September 1, 2010
  • Kevin S.
    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
    Kevin Stube · February 2, 2015
  • Eli R.
    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.
    Eli Reyes · May 25, 2010
  • Brian B.
    Citybike share has a huge rack right outside, grab a bike to anywhere in soma or fidi instead of fighting the bike crowd
    Brian Bulkowski · June 11, 2015
  • Marlon E.
    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.
    Marlon E · April 30, 2013
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