San Mateo County Transit Agencies
Trains, buses, vans, subways, you name it, if you need to get around San Mateo County, there is a transit agency hard at work making it easy and affordable. 511 is a free phone and Web service that consolidates Bay Area transportation information into a one-stop resource. 511 provides up-to-the-minute information on traffic conditions, incidents and driving times, schedule, route and fare information for the Bay Area’s public transportation services, instant carpool and vanpool referrals, bicycling information and more. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call 511 or go to the website at www.511.org. Trains, buses, vans, subways, you name it, if you need to get around San Mateo County, there is a transit agency hard at work making it easy and affordable.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects the East Bay (Alameda and Contra Costa Counties) to San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Most BART stations offer free parking, and preferential parking is available for carpools and vanpools with a BARTPool sticker. Currently, stops in the San Mateo County include Daly City and Colma. SamTrans buses link both the Daly City and Colma BART stations to surrounding areas. Muni lines also serve the Daly City station. See the BART website
For easy trip planning and schedule information: www.bart.gov.
TTY 510 839-2278
For BARTPool Sticker Info 800-755-7665
Caltrain and Caltrain Shuttles
Caltrain runs from San Francisco through San Mateo County and Santa Clara County and as far south as Gilroy. San Mateo County stops include S. San Francisco, San Bruno, Millbrae (SFO), Broadway, Burlingame, San Mateo, Haywood Park, Bay Meadows, Hillsdale, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton, and Menlo Park. The 4th and Townsend station connects conveniently to San Francisco's Muni service. Most Stations have parking lots and SamTrans bus connections. 16 express trains offer faster, direct routes to major transportation hubs. Free shuttle buses connect selected stations to major employer parks.
The San Mateo County Transit Distirict provides SamTrans bus service to key destinations throughout San Mateo County and into portions of San Francisco and Palo Alto. The San Mateo County Transit District also offers Redi-Wheels paratransit service for persons with disabilities who are unable to ride SamTrans.
San Francisco Bay Ferry
The San Francisco Bay Ferry provides weekday, weekend, holiday and seasonal services to nine terminal locations around the bay.
This weekday express bus service across the Dumbarton Bridge connects the Union City BART station, Fremont, Newark, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. Dumbarton Express service is provided through a consortium of AC Transit, BART, Union City Transit and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
AC Transit Customer Feedback Form: Click here
511 - Say "Dumbarton Express"
San Francisco Muni
Primarily serving San Francisco with buses, streetcars, cable cars, and the Muni metro subway, Muni has six routes serving N. San Mateo County from the Caltrain station at 4th and Townsend.
311 - Within San Francisco
415-701-2311- Outside of SF
Santa Clara VTA
The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) runs buses, light rail lines, trains, and free shuttles throughout Santa Clara County. Several bus routes connect the Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties with stops at the Menlo Park and Palo Alto/California Ave Caltrain Stations and several connections along Dumbarton Express Routes.