Getting Around

Public Transportation

The Bay Area's has several public transportation networks. There are four independent rail systems (described below). Unfortunately, the systems are independently operated, so you may have to purchase separate tickets when you switch between the different systems. For a unified map of the rail systems, see

Google Maps allows you to find directions using public transportation mode around the Bay Area. It will tell you precisely which trains or buses to take for you to get to your destination.

Typically used for long commutes on the peninsula, primarily between San Francisco and San Jose. There are bullet train and express options.

The BART rail system is useful for East Bay commuters.

The VTA Light Rail is primarily used in the South Bay.

The Muni Metro system is focused in San Francisco.

Ride Sharing

Ride sharing allows you to very quickly request a ride from your mobile device and is a convenient alternative to a traditional taxi. Silicon Valley is home to the biggest ride sharing platforms Uber and Lyft.

Car Sharing

Zipcar provides automobile reservations to its members, billable by the hour or day.

Bike Sharing

Bay Area Bike Share is a public bicycle sharing system in Silicon Valley. See the station map for availability of the program.

Self-powered commuting

The Bay Area has many bike-friendly paths. People also use alternative forms of electric-powered transportation, such as electric unicycles, hoverboards, and electric skateboards.

Private shuttles

Company shuttles are also common to complement public transportation. Google has one of the largest private bus networks in the area. There are also several startups in the private shuttle market: