Caltrain Offers Early Morning Service to Bay to Breakers


For over a century, runners, cosplayers and springtime revelers have made Bay to Breakers a distinctively San Francisco institution. Caltrain will be running extra service this coming Sunday, May 19, so Peninsula and South Bay residents can make it to the starting line of the 2019 Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers before the starter pistol goes off.

Caltrain will run four northbound special event trains with limited stops to the race. Three trains will depart from San Jose Diridon Station at 5:50 a.m., 6 a.m. and 6:25 a.m., and arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7:10 a.m., 7:25 a.m., and 7:49 a.m. respectively. An additional train will depart the Palo Alto Caltrain Station from the southbound platform at 6:10 a.m. and will arrive at the San Francisco Caltrain Station at 7 a.m. 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.

Following the race, one additional train will depart the San Francisco station at 1:22 p.m. making regular local weekend stops to San Jose Diridon. Caltrain will also provide extra post-event capacity.

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. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

To help make it a pleasant trip for all, Caltrain reminds fans to drink responsibly and to remember that open alcoholic beverages are prohibited on regular service trains beginning at 9 p.m.

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 limited 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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