BART Station Bus Tickets

Did you know that BART doesn’t run early enough to get you to The San Francisco Marathon Embarcadero Start Line*? Don’t fret! The San Francisco Marathon is offering early morning bus service from six BART stations around the Bay Area so you can focus on the race and forget the hassle of driving and finding a parking spot on race day. Plentiful free parking is available at each busing location.

Our buses will transport runners from the following BART stations on Race Morning to the Start Line of the Race at Embarcadero: Walnut Creek, El Cerrito Plaza, MacArthur, Bay Fair, Daly City, and Millbrae. Buses will arrive at the Start Line by 4:45am. After you cross the finish line, BART will be running normally. Buy a BART ticket, hop on and head home.

Bus Departure Schedule:

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

    Please note: The BART Station Bus Ticket does not include return BART Ticket Fare.

    *Second Half Marathon runners may use the Bart Shuttles to get to the Embarcadero Start Line  and then take the runner shuttles (6:35am-7:45am and leave from Howard and Spear)  to the Second Half Start Line.

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Spectator Bus Tickets

One Way Bus Ticket to Golden Gate Park (1st Half Finish Line)

There is no return service with this bus, spectators must find their own transportation back to the Main Finish Line. Buses leave from the corner of Mission and Spear Streets (near the Start Line) beginning at 5:45 am.


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Hop-on, Hop-off Spectator Bus Ticket

This service stops along the waterfront at Marina Green (Stop #1), in beautiful Golden Gate Park (Stop #2), where you will have multiple opportunities to watch your runner, and the eclectic Dog Patch area of Potrero Hill (Stop #3). Friends and family can see their runners in many different parts of the City by the Bay! Buses leave from the corner of Mission and Spear Streets (near the Start Line) beginning at 5:15 am.

Please note that the time slot you choose indicates your departure time from The Embarcadero. Depending on the time slot you choose, your bus may not go to all spectator locations. Please refer to the schedule below when choosing your timeslot.

5:15am – 6:40am goes to Mile 3, Mile 12.5 and Mile 22
7:00am – 9:00am only goes to Mile 12.5 and Mile 22
9:20am – 11:00am only goes to Mile 22


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Please note: You must pick  up your wristband at the Runner Expo on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th to reserve your seat selection. No wristbands will be available for pick-up on race morning.