If you're planning to dance in the streets on Halloween to celebrate the Giants' stunning World Series victory, we recommend you leave your keys at home.
Mass transit is going to be your key into San Francisco Wednesday morning. The route starts at foot of Market Streets next to Justin Herman Plaza. It will move up Market Street, then west to the Civic Center Plaza.
There are three important BART/Muni Metro stations which have exits along the Market Street portion of the parade route:
- Embarcadero Station
- Powell Station
- Civic Center Station
The Muni Metro will take you to those stations via basically any of their underground lines -- the J, K, L, M, N or T lines. You’ll need to use these instead of the buses because all surface street traffic will be jammed up, rerouted and confused due to the parade route closures and crowds.
From the Peninsula/South Bay:
- Take Caltrain or drive to the Millbrae Intermodal Terminal where you can take BART. Both available lines will take you to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station. (Trains in the afternoon will leave when full instead of on a timed schedule)
- Take Caltrain all the way into SF, to the end of the line at 4th and King (near AT&T Park) then take the Muni Metro (T Line) to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Ctr Station.
Another option from the East Bay or the North Bay is to take a ferry.
From the North Bay:
- Take the ferry (Larkspur, Sausalito or Tiburon) to the SF Ferry Building. From there, take the Muni Metro or BART to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station
From the East Bay:
- BART – All of your BART lines take you to the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station.
- Ferry – Take the Alameda/Oakland or the Alameda Harbor Bay ferry to the SF Ferry Building. Catch the Muni Metro or BART from the Embarcadero Station, Powell Station or Civic Center Station
If you will be driving to San Francisco via the Bay Bridge, do not take the 9th Street/Civic Center or 4th Street exits. They will jammed up and you won’t be able to cross Market St. either.
You should opt for the Mission/Duboce exits. You’ll need to find parking, of course, and the Civic Center Garage is the closest to City Hall where the parade ends and the ceremonies take place.
It will likely be packed. You can look for other public parking lots online.
Again, my advice is to park well out of the area and take one of the mass transit options into the area.
With all of that said, getting into the area may be less of an issue than getting OUT of there.
Just like when you go to the movies or a concert, the crowd arrives over time but everyone tries to leave in one big rush. Bring your Clipper card if you have one to speed your access across transit agencies. Bring your patience because with big crowds come big delays. Most importantly bring your Orange and Black and focus on the occasion. Everything’s much easier to deal with when it comes with a side of Championship!