Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 29 Jul 2014
Total posts 145
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 15 Nov 2017
Total posts 143
I used uber pool a lot when I was last there to get around town. Regular uber from airport.
Member since 08 Nov 2014
Total posts 22
My wife and I used BART between SFO and Powell St and return last year. Our flights were during daylight and we didn’t feel threatened at any time. We travel a lot and exercise common sense wherever we go, including being alert to unfamiliar surroundings any irregular behaviour by those around us. If your wife and daughter choose this transport option they won’t be alone. On our trips there many others travelling to and from the airport.
Member since 28 Oct 2011
Total posts 220
I was there earlier this year and used the Powell St BART station on multiple occasions. As always, you just need to keep an eye on what's going on around you. There's a few homeless people, but I never saw any trouble.
Member since 29 Nov 2013
Total posts 436
Powell St is within the Tenderloin district of SF - Tenderloin makes Redfern look like Vaucluse!
Member since 12 Dec 2012
Total posts 290
Member since 20 Jan 2016
Total posts 47
Used the BART last week from SFO to Powell St for a union sq hotel. Was perfectly fine. Thats said, if there was two of us I would have used uber which is always a great option in San Francisco. Just make sure you check for the correct pick up point at the airport which for international is at departures.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
Total posts 992
I regularly use the BART to Powell Street without drama – it's not as bad as some people make out – but for peace of mind then Uber or Lyft from SFO will do fine.
Member since 23 Dec 2017
Total posts 90
Use the BART frequently without issues! You will be fine!
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 14 Jun 2017
Total posts 50
Just did this last week. It’s totally fine and not any less safe than any other part of any transit system. They will be walking among hundreds of other transit users around the area basically constantly.
Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 127
There's plenty of homeless people hanging around the station & it's a bit off putting, but I didn't feel unsafe. As per the other posters, I'd suggest Uber/Cab if you're concerned. If it was my wife alone I'd probably tell her to get a cab.
Emirates Airlines - Skywards
Member since 30 Nov 2015
Total posts 419
Book a Super Shuttle and enjoy the tour and safety.
I imagine that his wife, a grown woman, is perfectly capable of taking care of herself.
I didn't say anything about his wife - I said my wife. Whilst she's a grown woman & is capable of taking care of herself, based on my experience when travelling overseas with her many times. she can become anxious about new surroundings & it becomes stressful & not enjoyable for her. So maybe before getting on your high horse realise everyone may not be as comfortable as you in new surroundings.
Member since 07 Dec 2014
SF is a beautiful city ... however its homeless and drug addict problems are well beyond anything I've ever experienced in Australia or even elsewhere in the US.
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