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San Francisco Caltrain Station

Train Station
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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.
    Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 LinAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    If you get the Caltrain monthly pass on a Clipper Card you only have to tag on / off once a month.
  • 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
  • Martyn H.
    Martyn HaighJuly 12, 2013
    I love your accents, you lovely American people. You make even mundane things, like train service announcements, awesome.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Peggy L.
    Peggy LiJuly 23, 2017
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Kiran B.
    Kiran BhattaramOctober 26, 2013
    Be on time. Watching the train pull out as you arrive is heartwrenching
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralOctober 21, 2013
    Free wifi and you can find power outlets on the top cars about 5-6 rows in.
  • Nick D.
    Nick D'AmbrosiMarch 13, 2013
    One seat on each side of the upper level has power outlets!
  • Graham H.
    Graham HarbisonOctober 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    #protip Power outlets in middle of upper level.
  • 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!!
  • Helio M.
    Helio MedeirosApril 30, 2017
    Pay attention because there's a different schedule for weekends
  • 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.
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