San Francisco Pier 35 Transportation Question
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Getting to the BART maybe a time issue as in getting off the ship with all your stuff then making it before a 1pm flight. It might be a little tricky if anything goes haywire. Just my humble opinion.
Need assistance with a transportation question from San Francisco Pier 35 to SFO. Arriving on the Dawn Princess May 14th. and have a 1 pm flight. Are taxi's or airporter bus service readily available at the pier? Yes, I know that Princess offers shuttle service but I personally feel the cost is too high.I would just walk outside and take a taxi. In San Francisco, the immigration officials will board the ship and everyone on board will have to go through customs before anyone leaves the ship. Remember, San Francisco only does a few ships a month and so their embarkation, disembarkation process is not as smooth as most ports. We were on the Mercury last week and the ship docked at 7:00am; the first passengers leaving the ship occured at 9:35am. It took over an hour and half to run everyone through customs onboard. The day we boarded the ship, it was late into port (arrived at 9:30am), the first passengers were let off at 11:00am and many were in panic mode! Keep it simple!! The taxi drivers will have been in line for over an hour as the passengers leave the terminal; they won't be happy with just taking you to the BART station near by. It's always worth an extra $25 to keep the stress level low at the end of a wonderful vacation!
There is also a good distance between the BART station and the domestic terminals. Lastly, BART trains do experience regular delays from equipment problems, crazy people on the tracks, and other unpredictable factors.
As someone who lives in San Francisco, I would take BART to the airport from the pier area only if it were the afternoon commute period (3-7 P.M.). Street traffic in the downtown area to the freeway during the afternoon commute can be slower than walking.
Since you are going on a Saturday morning, there will also be fewer BART trains. There should be very little auto traffic once you pass by the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market down the Embarcadero near Pier 1 (the piers are odd-numbered, so that would be 17 piers to the south).
A taxi is really better for peace of mind and efficiency. It will cost you $20-30 more than a taxi and then BART, but it would be a foolish savings if you miss your air connection.