Getting Home on 4th of July: Muni/BART/Caltrain Schedules | 2023
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Getting To and From the Fireworks
Extra Late Night Southbound Trains
Caltrain will provide weekend schedule service on Tuesday, July 4, for Independence Day, including two southbound local trains leaving after the end of the San Francisco waterfront fireworks.
Riders planning to attend the festivities in San Francisco can ride Caltrain to the San Francisco Station and either walk or connect to MUNI for service to and from the waterfront. The special event trains will depart after the end of the fireworks show, as soon as they become full. The last train departs San Francisco Station at 12:05 a.m.
Given the large crowds expected, riders are encouraged to use Clipper or purchase a Day Pass through the Caltrain mobile app to avoid lines at ticket vending machines. Riders using the mobile app must purchase their ticket on July 4 for it to be valid. Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at station ticket machines.
Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased using the Caltrain mobile app or through ticket machines onsite. The mobile app can be used immediately after parking, as it requires a space number. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.
Caltrain reminds customers that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the trains beginning at 9 p.m. on special event days and nights.
Starting at 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Muni will provide extra service to connect people from Muni Metro Subway, BART, Ferries and Caltrain to both viewing area along The Embarcadero, from Caltrain Station to the Pier 39.
Before the show, from 3 to 9 p.m., Muni will provide extra service to connect people from the Muni Metro Subway, BART, Ferries and Caltrain to the fireworks viewing area. Along the Embarcadero, Muni will have two shuttle routes to Pier 39.
- From the Ferry Building, board at Sutter & Sansome and at historic streetcar stops along Market Street and the Embarcadero.
- From the Caltrain Depot, board at Townsend & 4th St and at historic streetcar stops along the Embarcadero.
After the show, from 9 to 11:30 p.m., Muni will have three express shuttles providing express service to the Ferry Building, Civic Center and Caltrain. These buses will use transit-only lanes to avoid traffic wherever possible.
July 4th Express Service Locations
Destination Connections Boarding Location Drop Off Location Ferry Building Express BART, Ferries On Kearny, at North Point Market & Battery Civic Center Express Muni Metro, BART Bay, between Polk & Van Ness Hyde & Grove Caltrain Express Caltrain On Kearny, at North Point Caltrain Station
BART will run a Sunday schedule for 4th of July 2023 with extra trains for fireworks
On Tuesday, July 4th, 2023, BART will be running a Sunday schedule (8am-midnight). We will run five-line service until 8pm and then three-line service after 8pm.
Five-line service means all lines will be running including the Green and Red lines which provide direct service into San Francisco. Extra trains will be added to help people get home from fireworks.
Parking will be free at all BART stations, except Milpitas and Berryessa/North San Jose stations, which are operated by VTA.
When is the last BART from San Francisco after the fireworks?
Other than saying generically there will be “extra trains” for fireworks, BART hasn’t been specific. In the past (as of 2019) the last northbound train to Pittsburg / Bay Point was 12:26 from Embarcadero and the last Southbound train to SFO was 1:02am. We’ll let you know when 2023 is updated.
There used to be great free cab rides home deals all over the Bay Area, but now it’s only in Solano County since Wells Call Injury Lawyers of Vallejo are footing the bill. Rides must be taken between 5pm and 10am the next morning for one way rides to a safe destination with a maxiumum of $25.
- Enforced – Parking meters, posted time limit zones and seven day street sweeping will be enforced citywide on the holiday. We know this sucks.
- Not Enforced – Commuter tow away, residential parking permits and Monday-Friday daytime street sweeping will not be enforced.
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