Travel & Lodging Information

The San Francisco Marathon has partnered with San Francisco hotel and transportation authorities to help you plan an outstanding race weekend, stress-free, whether you’re traveling across the city or across the globe.

Race Start Times and Locations

Runners are encouraged to review their race start info below and then plan transportation options to make sure they get there on time.

Full Marathon
Waves begin at 5:30am at our Main Start Line (Mission St. and the Embarcadero)
1st Half Marathon Marathon
Waves begin at 5:32am at our Main Start Line (Mission St. and the Embarcadero)
2nd Half Marathon Marathon
Waves begin at 7:30am at our 2nd Half Start Line (John F. Kennedy Dr. and 47th Ave.)
5K Race
Waves begin at 7:45am at our Main Start Line (Mission St. and the Embarcadero)

Visit our Race Weekend overview page for more detailed information on wave start times, wave maps and how to enter your specific wave.

Race Morning Runner Shuttles in San Francisco

Free shuttles are provided to take our 2nd Half Marathon runners to their Start Line and 1st Half Marathon runners back to the Finish Line Festival.

1st Half Marathon: Shuttles are provided for 1st Half Marathon runners from the finish line in Golden Gate Park back to the main finish line festival. Shuttles leave from Fulton St. and 10th St. periodically between 7:00AM and 10:30 AM.

2nd Half Marathon: Shuttles are provided for 2nd Half Marathon runners from the main start line area at the Embarcadero to the 2nd Half Marathon Start Line located in Golden Gate Park. Shuttles will pick up runners from Howard and Spear from 6 AM to 7 AM and drop off at Fulton St. and the Great Highway, one block from the 2nd Half Start Line.

Race Morning BART Busing

BART doesn’t run early enough to get you to The San Francisco Marathon Embarcadero Start Line, but don’t fret! The San Francisco Marathon offers early morning bus service from six Bay Area BART stations, so you can forget the hassle of driving and focus on the race.

Buses transport runners from the following BART stations at the following times on Race Morning and arrive by 4:45am at the Main Start Line on the Embarcadero:

  • Walnut Creek: 4:10am
  • El Cerrito Plaza: 4:20am
  • MacArthur: 4:20am
  • Bay Fair: 4:05am
  • Daly City: 4:20am
  • Millbrae: 4:15am

Plenty of free parking is available at each location. 2nd Half Marathon runners may use the BART Buses to get to the Embarcadero Start Line, and then take the free runner shuttles to the 2nd Half Marathon Start Line. BART will be running normally after you cross the Finish line, so just buy a BART ticket, hop on, and head home. The BART Station Bus Ticket does not include return BART Ticket Fare. BART Bus tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so secure your spot today!


Race Weekend Parking

To make parking easy and stress free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations. Compare real-time availability and pricing near the start/finish area of the marathon and book your guaranteed parking space.

Simply compare parking options, reserve, and use your confirmation to access the facility. We strongly recommend runners and spectators book parking in advance, if driving.

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Public Transportation

All public transit systems will be running as regularly scheduled on Race Day. We encourage all runners to drive or carpool, have a friend or family member drop them off, or taxi in to make it to the start on time. Expand the tabs below to learn more about your public transportation options.

  • MUNI • Travel in and to San Francisco
    Plan your trip with The San Francisco Trip Planner – an easy to use site that allows you to put in your starting point and destination and then gives you the easiest option to arrive at your destination using public transportation. 
  • AC Transit • Travel between San Francisco and the East Bay
    AC Transit operates service between San Francisco and the East Bay along the Richmond and Fremont BART lines.
    From the East Bay: Route 800 West, AC Transit, runs from Richmond BART Station to Market and Van Ness in San Francisco, making stops along the way in Berkeley and Oakland. Transfers from Routes 801, 802, 805, 820, 840, and 851 to Route 800 can be made at 14th Street and Broadway. A Sunday/Holiday timetable for Route 800 West can be found HERE.
  • SamTrans • Travel between the Peninsula and San Francisco
    From the Peninsula: SamTrans 397 North OWL services the South Bay to San Francisco, beginning at the Palo Alto CalTrain Station and ending at Mission and Transbay in San Francisco, making stops in Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Burlingame, South San Francisco, and San Francisco International Airport. A Sunday timetable for can be found here.

Our Partner Hotels

We have partnered with local hotels to make your race weekend planning easier.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111
Reservations: 1-415-788-1234

Hilton San Francisco
750 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Reservations: 1-800-424-8292


Hotel Griffon
155 Stuart St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Reservations: 1-415-495-2100



InterContinental Mark Hopkins
999 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Reservations: 1-415-392-3434

Le Meridian
333 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Reservations: 1-415-296-2900



Omni Hotels San Francisco
500 California Street (at Montgomery)
San Francisco, CA 94104
Reservations: 1-888-444-OMNI

Hotel Shattuck Plaza Berkeley
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Reservations: 1-510-845-7300



King George Hotel
334 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Reservations: 1-415-781-5050


The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Westin is fully booked race weekend. Please reserve with another official hotel partner.

Race Expo Transportation

To learn more about transportation options to our Race Expo, please visit our Race Expo page.


Race Day Spectator Transportation

To learn more about Race Day spectator information and busing, please visit our Spectator Information page.