Leave the Car, It’s Not that Far

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Get around South San Francisco without driving alone. Try one or all of these alternative transportation options.

Ride a Bike

Bicycling is an easy and inexpensive way to make exercise part of your daily commute. All bay area public buses have bike racks and bikes are allowed on the San Francisco Bay Ferry, Caltrain and BART. With more bike lanes and bike paths being added each year, South San Francisco is an excellent place to ride a bicycle, whether for leisure or work.

For help navigating the Peninsula by bicycle, check out these resources:

Bike Share

South San Francisco is piloting a bike share program with two bike share companies. Both companies offer dock-less bike sharing. Find a bike on the app, reserve and unlock all from your smart phone. When done with the ride, park the bike in a designated areas or near a bike rack. Cost is $1 for 30 minutes.

Spin - download the app, pick up and park these orange bikes in any responsible legal parking spot; $1 for 30 mins, South San Francisco residents get 10 free bike rides. Use promo code: LEAVETHECAR. Find out more and sign up at www.spin.pm

LimeBike - download the app to find a bike nearby, pick up and ride, and park by any bike rack or in designated areas; South San Francisco residents get 10 free bike rides, $1 for 30 mins, plus half price for students! Use promo code: LIMESSF. Find out more at www.limebike.com


Scoop - The City of South San Francisco has partnered with Scoop to offer carpool matching. Find commuters who share a similar commute to yours! Use the Scoop app on your phone when you want, with no commitments or fixed carpools. Plus there’s a guaranteed ride home. Find out more at takescoop.com. Get $5 for signing up, plus City discounts for riders and incentives for drivers.

Waze – The County of San Mateo has partnered with Waze to offer discounted carpool matching to everyone living and/or working in San Mateo County. Download the Waze app, schedule a ride, and Waze Carpool will look for the closest Wazer already planning a drive on your route. Find out more at waze.com/carpool

My.Commute.org – provides a carpool matching options.

511.org – provides traffic information, interactive trip planning, mass transit schedules, information on FasTrak and Clipper Card, plus alternate commute options like bicycling and ridesharing.

Public Transportation

Free South City Shuttle - The South City Shuttle provides free service around South San Francisco, with trips to local stores, senior center, libraries, City Hall and parks. The shuttle provides transit connections with SamTrans and BART. For a map and timetable, please click here

SamTrans – There are several SamTrans bus lines in South San Francisco including: 

  • ECR, that runs from Daly City to Palo Alto on the El Camino Real, 
  • 292 running down Airport Boulevard from San Francisco to Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, 
  • 133 running from San Bruno BART up Spruce Avenue to Airport Boulevard, 
  • 131 from Downtown South San Francisco to Serramonte Shopping Center,
  • 122 starting from South San Francisco BART to Stonestown Shopping Center in San Francisco. 

Go to SamTrans.com for more information on routes and timetables.

Caltrain- Caltrain is the regional commuter rail line that runs from San Francisco to San Jose with a stop in South San Francisco. Caltrain offers employees and residents a stress-free alternative to driving.

Go to Caltrain.com for schedules and routes.

Ferry – The San Francisco Bay Ferry connects South San Francisco to Alameda, Oakland, and San Francisco. For fares and timetable, please click here.

BART – The BART connects South San Francisco to 46 stations throughout the Bay Area including downtown San Francisco, airports, and cities in the Peninsula and the East Bay. For a map and fares, please see www.bart.gov


My.commute.org – register or log in and use your trip planner to discover your commuting options -including commute.org shuttles from transit hubs. Log trips for a chance to win prizes!

Try Transit program – if you live or work in San Mateo County, are over 18, and haven’t yet participated in the program, you can sign up for free tickets to try BART, SamTrans, Caltrain, or the San Francisco Bay Ferry. http://commute.org/get-rewarded/free-transit-tickets