On BART during commute hours seats are usually taken so you can not sit and read a
paper but must stand and hold on. No coffee, no views. BART is also not terrifically
reliable. A rodent chews through a cable and the system goes down. A car catches on fire
from a sticking brake and an entire line stops. Software hangs up and the cars slow to
manual speed. BART from Alameda to SF is $4.40 round trip from the Oakland 11th
street station but you have to pay for parking. The bus to the BART station costs
round trip. So total cost is going to be $7.10 round-trip plus parking.
The ferry is $6.25 when you buy a commute book of tickets. Parking is
free. We have not had a ferry adrift yet. Live on
an island 20 min. from San Francisco. Take the ferry to the City!
See the schedule
Why commute? The rental
market in "Bay Area: Renters Hell". And Desperately Seeking 2 Bedrooms"
compares rental markets in SF and Alameda.
||Why commute? If you will be working in SF you might take a look at some
past San Francisco newspaper articles. To show how serious the locals take the subject, all are
front page articles. The San Francisco Examiner looks at the rental market in
"Bay Area: Renters Hell". The San Francisco Chronicle's "Desperately
Seeking 2 Bedrooms" compare rental markets in SF, Alameda, the Peninsula, Marin, etc.
They chose Alameda over the others. Bottom line? The SF market makes Manhattan
look easy. Very tough. In San Francisco an ordinary one bedroom in the Marina
or the South Of Market districts can
be well over $2,600.
The San Francisco Chronicle "Smooth Sailing to the Office"
front-page article shows the fastest ferry ride on the bay to SF is from Alameda. It is
quoted as twenty minutes in the ferry schedule, but can be faster. Coffee and the Chronicle on the way to work, a glass of Chardonnay and a sunset
on the way home. Very civilized compared to BART's standing room only cheek to
jowl, haunch to paunch, environment.
The Alameda Ferry is a terrific way to get
to San Francisco. For an afternoon of fun or a day of work. The San Francisco
Chronicle "Smooth Sailing to the Office" front-page article shows
the fastest ferry ride on the bay to SF is from Alameda. It is quoted as twenty minutes in
the ferry schedule, but can be faster. Coffee and the
Chronicle on the way to work, a glass of Chardonnay and a sunset on the way home. Very
civilized compared to BART's standing room only cheek to jowl, haunch to paunch,
the Chronicle on the way to work, a glass of Chardonnay
and a sunset on the way home.
Alameda Ferry Service fares: One-way fares $4.75
for adults, $3.00 for seniors/disabled, and $2.00 for children. Ticket books are
$125 for 20 round trips, a months worth. So the ferry is $6.25 round trip
if you buy a 20 trip commute book. AC Transit bus service to and from the Alameda Ferry is free. And if
you prefer to drive, parking is free at the 2990 Main Street ferry terminal in Alameda.
Just park and get on. You buy tickets on board. When you get off the ferry in San
Francisco you can use your ticket for free Muni travel both to and from the ferry. The
ferry terminal is much quicker to get to than a BART station. You can ride your bike to
the ferry and take it on board with you. The ferry is easier, faster, and lot more fun
A.C. transit TransBay bus takes approximately thirty minutes from Alameda to the San
Francisco bus terminal downtown. The TransBay bus leaves from directly in front of some of
our locations. It is $4.00 each way, or $75.00 for a one month pass which gives you
unlimited travel on all AC Transit buses for the month.
|Ferry: San Francisco Bay Ferry see the schedule
Francisco bus service
|BART: Bay Area rail service
|AC Transit: East bay bus service to SF
Alameda is the quickest commute to SF when you take the ferry. It is also the
most for your money. Great views, coffee in the morning, a newspaper, and perhaps a glass
of wine while you watch the sunset on the way home. You arrive at the gorgeous, historic,
Ferry Building (upper right on map below).
1) Transbay Bus terminal
2) Justin Herman Plaza
3) Embarcadero Center
4) Transamerica Building
5) Golden Gate University
6) Crocker Galleria
7) St. Marys Square
8) The Chinatown Dragon Gate
9) Union Square
See the Ferry Terminal on a map:
Directions: Straight down
Main Street one mile to the water.
It is fun: On
the water with spectacular views
It is fast: The quickest way to get to SF
Bikes: Ride your bike and take it on board
Free bus: Your ferry ticket is good on the bus
It is cheap: You save over BART or the Bus
It goes other places: Angel Island,
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