a VirtualTourist member asked on Apr 6, 2013
best way to commute to sf
Stockton is about 1,30hrs drive from SF.
There is rapid metro trains going to the suburbs / satellite towns like San Jose, Daily City,Livermore..
Probably best option is to drive o the nearest to Stockton rapid metro station, park your car and take ride to SF. That will also save you $ 6 every day crossing the Bay bridge.
SF has surprisingly good public transport, for smallish USA city. ( less than 5 million ppl, Bay Area is more ) I used it very extensively on my visit ( just come home 2 days ago)
Just to let you know motorway 205 is busy, but 580 can be very busy during rush hour as the exit towards Berkerly get clogged.
We were stuck driving from Stockton in it or over 3 hrs.
BTW just to let you know that Stockton City declared bankruptcy and many public services are cut short.
Also take look on BART ( Bay Area Rapid Transport) map and so some calculations,choose what you need
Hope this helps
I live in Stockton. If you can't drive then take the Amtrak. It will be a mix of train and bus, but still the best way if you can't drive.
From Stockton, you can take ACE and then transfer to BART at Fremont: [original link]
A long, long ride...
AMTRAK is $10 and takes 2 1/2 hours. The train takes you to Emeryville and then the AMTRAK bus takes you into the several stops in San Francisco.
Looking at the AMTRAK site can be a little confusing as Stockton shows two stations, one being the ACE station. They are less than 1/2 mile apart and they bus you from one to the other. I would book the non-ACE station as it is staffed with an inside waiting room. The ACE station is not.
Taking ACE to any BART station would be a waste of time.
But the first Amtrak train leaves Stockton at 9am. The first ACE train leaves at something like 4:30am with several more before 9.
I'm not trying to sell ACE. It's just that it's a commuter rail line. I guess if you work an off schedule and can get to work at noon, then Amtrak may work.
Interesting! See our pages for Stockton. We are famous for more than bankrupt homes and city hall. As noted, a popular commuter route involves taking the ACE train (Not AMTRAK), which actually goes to San Jose. However, as noted you can transfer to a BART station, but no station has a cross dock transfer. You can wait until the Fremont station, most commuters get off in Pleasanton Station and get on Wheels, a local transit bus going directly to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station. You will see in the mornings hundreds of people getting off at this station and transfering immediately into several waiting Wheels buses. I forget what the fare requirements, but they aren't much--maybe a dollar. Then, you have to pay your regular fare at the BART station. But, it's also possible that ACE/Wheels/Bart have a monthy pass for you...With practice, this will be a lot easier than fighting the commuter traffic. ACE trains are clean, quiet, and comfortable, actually more so than BART, as I recall.
Your times are correct, but the closest ACE gets you to SF is either Pleasanton or Fremont and then you have to take BART into the city. The ACE stations are not co-located with the BART stations so you have to figure out how to get from the Fremont ACE to the Fremont BART (2 miles) and the Pleasanton ACE to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART (4 miles).
So, Stockton to SF either drive or take Amtrak or I guess Greyhound (no experience). I like Amtrak, bathrooms, food, and drinks. Get up walk around.