San Francisco BART

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akronflyer

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Member since 29 Jul 2014

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My Daughter and wife are flying to SFO on QF so landing 9-15am
I've read that Powell St Station has the most crime incidents
They are staying in Union Square , any comments on getting from SFO to Union Square most welcome
Also can anyone recommend a good town car service from SFO into the city

jch

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Member since 15 Nov 2017

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I used uber pool a lot when I was last there to get around town. Regular uber from airport.

PB57

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Member since 08 Nov 2014

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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.

John Phelan

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Member since 28 Oct 2011

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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.

markpk

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Member since 29 Nov 2013

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Powell St is within the Tenderloin district of SF - Tenderloin makes Redfern look like Vaucluse!


I'd recommend an Uber service direct from SFO to Union Sq...

Himeno

Member since 12 Dec 2012

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Only time I've used Uber in SF was for a return trip across the Golden Gate to the north bay.

I've used the blue van super shuttles a few times, but I mostly use BART to/from SFO. When I'm in SF, I normally stay somewhere within walking distance of one of the downtown BART stations. Never had a problem.

mcglynp

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Member since 20 Jan 2016

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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.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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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.

silentiger86

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Member since 23 Dec 2017

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Use the BART frequently without issues! You will be fine!

Mjkcan

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Member since 14 Jun 2017

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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.


Exercise ordinary precautions and let life happen.

Greg84

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.

sgb

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Book a Super Shuttle and enjoy the tour and safety.

Mjkcan

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Member since 14 Jun 2017

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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.

I imagine that his wife, a grown woman, is perfectly capable of taking care of herself.

Greg84

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.
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.

andyf

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Member since 07 Dec 2014

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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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