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Caltrain is Free on New Year’s Eve 2021/22

Special late night service returns with trains as late as 1:30am departing San Francisco. Free rides starting at 8pm.
By - posted 12/22/2021 No Comment

In order to ensure that those needing a safe ride home at the end of their evening will have one, Caltrain will provide free rides starting at 8 p.m. on December 31, 2021 until the end of service as it has in years past.

SamTrans also finally announced that they will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve 2021/22 as well.

Friday, December 31, 2021 – New Year’s Eve

Caltrain will be operating their regular weekday service, with free fares after 8 p.m. The last southbound train departs San Francisco no later than 1:30 a.m.

  • Caltrain will provide special post-event trains after the last regularly scheduled train at 12:05 a.m. The first special southbound train will depart San Francisco at 12:30 a.m. or when full and the last train will depart no later than 1:30 a.m. Trains will make all weekday local stops from San Francisco to San Jose Diridon.
  • FIREWORKS UPDATE now that the San Francisco midnight fireworks show has been canceled, we don’t yet know if Caltrain will continue its special late night trains from San Francisco. Please check Caltrain for updates.
  • Caltrain will provide FREE service beginning at 8 p.m. until the last special post-event train departs San Francisco.
  • SamTrans resumes collecting fares at 5am on January 1st. 

Caltrain Schedule | SamTrans Schedule

Saturday, January 1, 2022 – New Year’s Day

Caltrain and SamTrans will operate a Sunday schedule. SamTrans will resume collecting fares at 5 a.m., Caltrain will be collecting fares when service begins

Both agencies advise that everyone respect public health orders and avoid large gatherings in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Caltrain does not allow open alcohol containers on trains after 9 p.m. Disruptive passengers will be asked to leave the train.

Not yet updated for 2021/22


  • Free Caltrain / AC Transit / VTA / SamTrans on New Year’s Eve 2020/2021 – updated 12/29/20
  • Muni – No announcement yet whether they are offering free rides or special NYE service.
  • BART – No free rides, and no special late night service
  • AC Transit Free rides from 8pm to 5am
  • VTA Free rides starting at 8pm
  • SamTransFree rides from 8pm to 5am
  • Caltrain Free rides from 8pm (last train departs SF at 12:02am)
  • Golden Gate Transit Bus – No free rides. Running normal weekday service
  • Golden Gate Ferry – No free rides. Running limited service on New Year’s Eve

The administrative offices of the San Mateo County Transit District, which manages Caltrain and SamTrans, will be closed on New Year’s Day. Caltrain customer service is available on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, January 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 1.800.660.4287.