Caltrain Offers Additional Service for Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers, the beloved San Francisco tradition celebrated by revelers from throughout the Bay Area, returns this year and Caltrain will be running extra service this coming Sunday, May 15, so Peninsula and South Bay residents can make it to the starting line.

Caltrain will run two northbound special event trains with limited stops to the race. Two trains will depart from San Jose Diridon Station at 5:50 a.m. and 6:02 a.m., and arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7:17 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., respectively. Trains will be single-tracking at the Burlingame, Broadway, San Mateo, Hayward Park, Hillsdale, Palo Alto and California Avenue stations, so riders should pay attention to signs and announcements to be sure they are on the correct platform. Alcohol will be prohibited on the pre-event special trains and Bay to Breakers prohibits both alcohol and floats.

The race begins at 8 a.m. and the starting line is about 1.4 miles from the San Francisco Caltrain Station. Participants can walk to the starting line or take Muni’s T-Third light-rail service. Masks are recommended on board for both Caltrain and Muni.

Following the race, Caltrain will also provide extra post-event capacity, as needed.

To avoid long lines, passengers are encouraged to pre-purchase a Bay to Breakers Day Pass on the Caltrain Mobile Ticket App. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off. 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 through ticket machines onsite or through the Caltrain Mobile Ticket App. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad has provided the community with more than 150 years of continuous passenger service. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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