A Capitol Corridor Riders Guide to Getting to the Chase Center

October 22, 2019

The Chase Center opened its doors in early September and is already being called an astonishing and extraordinary sports and entertainment venue. The new home of the Golden State Warriors is also drawing big name musical acts and stars like Oprah. For our loyal riders who are wondering how they can ride the Capitol Corridor to get to the Chase Center, don’t worry, we’ve put our travel planner hats on and routed the best ways for you to get from the Capitol Corridor to the Chase Center in San Francisco. All of our recommended transfer options accept the Clipper Card for fare payment, so be sure to bring your own or purchase one on board the train in the Café Car.

Option 1: Capitol Corridor Train + BART + Muni

Take the Capitol Corridor and transfer to BART at our shared  Richmond or  Oakland Coliseum station and board any San Francisco bound train. Depart at Embarcadero and transfer to SF Muni. We recommend taking the Muni KT Line, which stops at the Embarcadero Station every 10 minutes and drops you off just three minutes from the Chase Center. The S Shuttle also runs above and below ground along a similar route to help with the increased demand.

Travel time: Approximately one hour from the Richmond and Oakland Coliseum stations.

Option 2: Capitol Corridor + Capitol Corridor Emeryville Connecting Bus + Muni

The Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus service picks passengers up from the Emeryville Station and takes them to San Francisco. After getting off the train, walk to the other side of the station to board a bus that is heading to the Salesforce Plaza stop (Service Begins 10/28). From Salesforce Plaza, you can walk eight minutes to the Embarcadero Muni Station. From Embarcadero, board the KT line to get dropped off just three minutes away from the Chase Center.=

For more information on the Emeryville bus connection, check our San Francisco Connecting Bus schedules here.

Travel Time: Approximately 35 minutes from the Emeryville Station to the entrance of the Chase Center.

Option 3: Capitol Corridor Train + Ferry

The SF Bay Ferry in Jack London Square is about a 10-minute walk from the Capitol Corridor’s Oakland Jack London Square Station and makes for a relaxing and scenic ride into San Francisco. Once in San Francisco, it is about a 15-minute walk to the Chase Center.

The ferry does offer adjusted schedules for special events at the Chase Center, so check their site for the current schedule. Note: The ferry schedule may not work for return trips as the final Capitol Corridor train may have already departed by the time the ferry arrives in Oakland. In these instances, passengers can purchase a multi-city train ticket and use another Capitol Corridor station for the return portion of the trip.

Travel Time: Approximately 45 minutes from the Oakland Jack London Square Ferry Terminal.

Option 4: Last-Mile Solutions

Sometimes, a last-mile solution can be faster and cheaper. If you feel comfortable ridesharing, we recommend using Lyft to carpool from either one of the Capitol Corridor’s East Bay train stations or the Embarcadero BART Station to get to the Chase Center. San Francisco BART stations have a number of scooter and bike-sharing options such as, but not limited to, Bird, Jump, and Lime.

Option 5: Your Own Two Feet and Wheels

Finally, if you’re in need of some exercise and really want to save money, there’s nothing better than your own two feet or wheels! The Chase center is just a 36-minute walk from the Montgomery BART Station. You’ll enjoy the event knowing you got your step count in for the day! Biking to the Chase Center is also a great option, as the Chase Center has Valet Biking for up to 300 bikes.

 

So, as you can see, there are plenty of ways to ditch your car, avoid traffic, and support public transportation!

October Picks: Fall Fun, Halloween Treats, Music & Brews

September 26, 2019

While best associated with Halloween, corn mazes, and pumpkin spice, October also brings some of the best outdoor festivals and celebrations. All along the Capitol Corridor, you’ll find family-friendly festivals like Dia de los Muertos; Halloween-inspired fun; and celebrations of art, wine, music, and beer.

More October Picks: Fall Fun, Halloween Treats, Music & Brews

Grandparents Day: Multigenerational Fun Along the Capitol Corridor

August 30, 2019

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National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 8, and what better way to celebrate than with a fun train journey to visit some of Northern California’s most family-friendly destinations! During the ride, you’ll have time to relax and spend quality time with the grandkids.

Along the way, everyone will enjoy the Capitol Corridor’s beautiful scenery, free Wi-Fi, electric charging outlets, and of course snacks and drinks available in the Cafe Car. Unlike being in a car with the grandkids, restless little ones will be able to walk about and stretch their legs, and on-board bathrooms mean there’s no need for emergency potty breaks at the random roadside gas station. Table seating for four is the perfect spot for enjoying board games, cards, coloring, and storytelling together. The Café Car even sells decks of cards if you forget to bring along the entertainment!

Check out our suggestions of favorite family destinations along the Capitol Corridor and book your trip today using one of our California Everyday Discounts or seasonal promotions.

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Chiu AP

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Batter up to a day of baseball, hot dogs, and peanuts (and for the foodies, there are many trendy eats now offered at the Oakland Coliseum!). Don your green and gold to support the Oakland A’s and enjoy one of the most classic American family pastimes. Luckily, this year’s National Grandparents Day 2019 weekend has the A’s hosting two home games against the Detroit Tigers. On Saturday, September 7, the 6:05pm evening match up includes a fireworks show, while first pitch for Sunday’s day game is at 1:05pm. Be sure to book online to save 25% on train tickets to A’s games at the Coliseum!

Getting there: Take the Capitol Corridor to the Oakland Coliseum Station and walk 5 minutes to the stadium.

Photo Courtesy of Michael Halberstadt

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
A longtime San Jose must-visit for school groups, local families, and tourists alike, the Children’s Discovery Museum never disappoints with its changing and insightful rotation of exhibits. Whether you are 8 or 80 – you’ll enjoy the creative and awe-inspiring science experiments, art projects, and outdoor nature exhibits that keep guests hungry to learn more. Want more? The museum is across the street from The Tech Interactive Museum, where you can further explore contemporary science and technology.

Getting There: Take the Capitol Corridor train to the San Jose Diridon Station and walk 6 minutes to the museum.

Photo Courtesy of California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento
Bring the grandkids to one of the world’s most renowned railroad museums located in the state capital of Sacramento. At the California State Railroad Museum, you’ll step back in time to the early days of American train travel and learn about its history, from the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, to current day plans for high speed service. The little ones will be awestruck by the giant steam engines and locomotives on display, and the adults will love stepping inside an old-time dining car complete with table settings of ornate china. After visiting this capital city highlight, be sure to check out Old Sacramento with its Gold Rush experiences, unique gift stores, and old-time candy shops that will delight (and re-energize!) the kiddos.

Getting there: Take the Capitol Corridor to the Sacramento Station and walk 5 minutes to the museum.

Photo Courtesy of Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf
Clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, arts ‘n’ crafts-lined streets, waterfront bay views, and of course the celebrity sea lions of Pier 39 make up the world-class walk along San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Take in postcard-perfect scenes of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, while street performers and souvenir shops try to lure your attention their way. After your Capitol Corridor ride and connection to SF, hop on one of the vintage streetcars that run along the Embarcadero to complete your family outing in the City by the Bay.

Getting There: Take the Capitol Corridor train to the Emeryville Station and connect to the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated bus, which has multiple stops in downtown San Francisco, including Pier 39/Fisherman’s Wharf. Another option is to connect with BART at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station. BART provides fast and frequent service to Downtown San Francisco’s Market Street, where you can hop on SF Muni’s F-line light rail to Fisherman’s Wharf or enjoy a lovely walk of about a mile along the Embarcadero.

        Photo Courtesy of Sean Teegarden Photography

California’s Great America in Santa Clara
Always a natural choice for the young at heart, California’s Great America is the Northern California epicenter for roller coaster rides and steep water slides. When you want a thrilling adrenaline rush, high-flying picks like the Tiki Twirl or Drop Tower will get your head spinning. If a calmer experience is what you’re after, hop on one of of kiddie rides, including the Character Carousel or Snoopie’s Space Race.

Getting There: Take the Capitol Corridor to the Santa Clara-Great America Station and walk approximately 15 minutes or take a 5-minute rideshare to the park entrance.

Learn more about how to use the Capitol Corridor to travel to San Francisco in our blog.