Caltrain Offers Additional Service for Bay to Breakers


Media Contact: Mahmoud Abunie, 650.730.6201 

Bay to Breakers, the beloved San Francisco tradition celebrated by revelers throughout the Bay Area, is fast approaching this year and Caltrain will be running extra service this coming Sunday, May 21, 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. One train will depart from San Jose Diridon Station at 6:02 a.m. and arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7:30 a.m., and the other train will depart from Palo Alto Station at 6:24 a.m. and arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7:17 a.m. At California Avenue and Palo Alto stations, riders will board trains on the southbound platform.

Alcohol will be prohibited on the pre-event special trains. Riders are encouraged to arrive early at each station. The race begins at 8 a.m. and the starting line is about 1.4 miles from the San Francisco Caltrain Station. 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 through Clipper or 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 rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with commute service to Gilroy. Serving the region since 1863, Caltrain is the oldest continually operating rail system west of the Mississippi. Looking to the future, Caltrain is set to electrify the corridor by 2024, which will reduce diesel emissions and add more service to more stations while advancing the agency’s equity goals.  

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