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A few San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies offer overnight bus services linking San Francisco, the East Bay, the Peninsula, and the South Bay. The All-Nighter bus network primarily serve BART stations, Caltrain stations, and a few VTA light rail stations, allowing graveyard shift workers and early-morning commuters to travel using public transportation in the region. Overnight buses generally operate between midnight and the opening of BART stations and Muni Metro stations (5am weekdays, 6am Saturdays, 8am Sundays and holidays). All-Nighter routes serve the most popular corridors, including El Camino Real in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, Mission Street and Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, San Pablo Avenue in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, MacArthur Boulevard and International Boulevard through East Oakland, and many others.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several service adjustments have been made:

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

San Francisco Muni operates twelve bus lines between 1am and 5am, with two of them using trolleybuses and the rest using motor coaches. It also operates two overnight-only bus services: the 90-Owl which primarily serves Van Ness Avenue, Potrero Avenue, and San Bruno Avenue; and the 91-Owl which is a combination of multiple daytime bus and Muni Metro lines around San Francisco, linking West Portal Station and San Francisco State via Geneva Avenue, Third Street, Downtown, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Marina District, the Richmond District, Golden Gate Park, and 19th Avenue. The table below describes Muni's All-Nighter network, with timed transfers available at many points along their routes:

Line Name

Northern/Eastern Terminal

Southern/Western Terminal

Neighborhoods Served

Equivalent Daytime Lines

L-Owl

Fisherman’s Wharf

(Jones & Beach)

SF Zoo

(47th Ave & Wawona)

Fisherman’s Wharf, The Embarcadero, Financial District, Downtown, South of Market, Civic Center, Duboce Triangle, Castro, Twin Peaks, Forest Hill, West Portal, Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset

F-Market & Wharves

L-Taraval

N-Owl

Caltrain Depot

(Townsend & 4th St)

Ocean Beach

(Judah & Great Highway)

The Embarcadero, South of Market, Financial District, Downtown, Civic Center, Lower Haight, Buena Vista Park, Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley, UCSF Parnassus, Inner Sunset, Outer Sunset

N-Judah

NX-Judah Express

T-Third Street

6-Haight/Parnassus

7-Haight/Noriega

37-Corbett

43-Masonic

5-Fulton

Transbay Terminal

(Fremont & Mission)

Ocean Beach

(Cabrillo & La Playa)

South of Market, Financial District, Downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, North of the Panhandle, Golden Gate Park, Inner Richmond, Outer Richmond

5-Fulton

5R-Fulton Rapid

14-Mission

Ferry Plaza

(Steuart & Mission)

Daly City

(San Jose & Mission)

South of Market, Downtown, Civic Center, Mission District, Outer Mission, Bernal Heights, Excelsior District, Balboa Park, Crocker-Amazon

14-Mission

14R-Mission Rapid

14X-Mission Express

22-Fillmore

Marina District

(Bay & Fillmore)

UCSF Mission Bay

(3rd St & Gene Friend)

Marina District, Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, Japantown, Western Addition, Alamo Square, Lower Haight, Duboce Triangle, Mission Dolores, Mission District, Potrero Hill

22-Fillmore

33-Ashbury/18th Street

55-Dogpatch

24-Divisadero

UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center

(Sutter & Divisadero)

Bayshore & Cortland

Lower Pacific Heights, Alamo Square, NoPa (North of the Panhandle), Lower Haight, Duboce Triangle, Castro District, Dolores Heights, Noe Valley, Outer Mission, Bernal Heights

24-Divisadero

37-Corbett

25-Treasure Island

Transbay Terminal

(Fremont & Mission)

Treasure Island

(Avenue H & 9th St)

South of Market, Treasure Island

25-Treasure Island

38-Geary

Transbay Terminal

(Fremont & Mission)

Land’s End

(48th Ave & Point Lobos)

South of Market, Financial District, Downtown, Tenderloin, Russian Hill, Western Addition, Japantown, Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, Outer Richmond

38-Geary

38R-Geary Rapid

38AX-Geary A Express

38BX-Geary B Express

44-O’Shaughnessy

Glen Park BART

(Diamond & Bosworth)

Bayview District

(Third & Palou)

Glen Park, Excelsior District, Portola, Bayview/Hunters Point

44-O’Shaughnessy

48-Quintara/24th St

Noe Valley

(24th St & Castro)

Dogpatch

(3rd St & 20th St)

Castro District, Noe Valley, Mission District, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch

48-Quintara/24th Street

90-Owl

Fort Mason

(Van Ness & North Point)

Visitacion Valley

(Bayshore & Arleta)

Marina District, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Western Addition, Civic Center, South of Market, Mission District, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights, Portola District, Visitacion Valley

8-Bayshore

8AX-Bayshore A Express

9-San Bruno

9R-San Bruno Rapid

47-Van Ness

49-Van Ness/Mission

91-Owl

West Portal Station

(West Portal & Ulloa)

SF State University

(19th Ave & Holloway)

West Portal, St. Francis Wood, Ingleside, Balboa Park, Outer Mission, Excelsior, Crocker-Amazon, Sunnydale, Visitacion Valley, Bayview/Hunters Point, India Basin, Dogpatch, South of Market, Downtown, Chinatown, Little Italy, Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, Marina District, Cow Hollow, Richmond District, Golden Gate Park, Sunset District, Parkside, Parkmerced

K-Ingleside

M-Ocean View

T-Third Street

8-Bayshore

8AX-Bayshore A Express

8BX-Bayshore B Express

9-San Bruno

9R-San Bruno Rapid

 

15-Bayview/Hunters Point Express

28-19th Avenue

28R-19th Avenue Rapid

30-Stockton

43-Masonic

45-Union/Stockton

47-Van Ness

49-Van Ness/Mission

54-Felton

AC Transit

AC Transit's All-Nighter network consists mostly of local services and one Transbay service linking San Francisco and Oakland via the Bay Bridge. At Uptown Transit Center next to 19th Street BART station (Broadway & 20th Street), most routes (except for the 376 and 801) have coordinated departures, leaving at :41 past the hour daily between 12:41am and 5:41am. On weekends, the 800 and 1T also have coordinated departures leaving at :11 past the hour between 12:11am and 5:11am.

AC Transit also operates a special, nighttime-only service, Route 376, linking El Cerrito Del Norte BART with Pinole Vista Shopping Center via Cutting Blvd., Harbour Way, MacDonald Avenue, 7th Street (Richmond), Market Street (Richmond), 

Line Northern/Eastern Terminal Southern/Western Terminal Cities and Attractions Served BART Stations Covered Equivalent Daytime Lines
1T

19th Street BART

(Broadway & 20th)

San Leandro BART Oakland, Fruitvale, East Oakland, San Leandro

19th Street, 12th Street, Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, San Leandro

1T, 12, 18, 33, 51A
73 Eastmont Transit Center Oakland International Airport East Oakland

Coliseum

73
376 Pinole Vista Shopping Center El Cerrito Del Norte BART El Cerrito, Richmond, North Richmond, San Pablo, Contra Costa College, Hilltop Mall, Richmond Parkway Transit Center, Parkchester Village

El Cerrito Del Norte, Richmond

70, 71, 72, 72M, 72R, 74, 76
800 Richmond BART

San Francisco

(24th Street & Mission BART)

Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Oakland, West Oakland (eastbound only), San Francisco

Richmond, El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, Downtown Berkeley, MacArthur, 19th Street, 12th Street

Eastbound Only: 24th Street/Mission, 16th Street/Mission, Van Ness (Muni Metro), Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery, Embarcadero (walk to Transbay Terminal), West Oakland

AC Transit: F, 6, 12, 18, 33, 51A, 51B, 52, 62, 72, 72M, 72R

Muni: F, J, K, L, M, N, T, 5, 5R, 7, 9, 9R,14, 14R, 31, 49

801 San Leandro BART Fremont BART San Leandro, Bay Fair Center, San Lorenzo, Hayward, Union City, Fremont San Leandro, Hayward, South Hayward, Union City, Fremont/Centerville (ACE/Amtrak), Fremont U, 10, 99, 210
802 Berkeley Marina

19th Street BART

(20th & Broadway)

Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland 19th Street 51B, 72, 72M, 72R
805

19th Street BART

(20th & Broadway)

Oakland International Airport Oakland, Lake Merritt, Grand Avenue, MacArthur Blvd, Eastmont Transit Center, East Oakland 19th Street, Coliseum NL, 33, 57, 73
840

19th Street BART

(20th & Broadway)

Eastmont Transit Center Oakland, East Oakland 19th Street, Lake Merritt 40
851

Berkeley BART

(Shattuck & Allston)

Fruitvale BART Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Rockridge, Broadway, Oakland, Alameda, Fruitvale Berkeley, Rockridge, 19th Street, 12th Street, Fruitvale O, 12, 18, 51A, 51B

SamTrans

SamTrans currently operates two All-Nighter services, primarily focused on the El Camino Real corridor, SFO Airport, and emulating Caltrain between Palo Alto and San Francisco. A third overnight service, Route 296, operates between Redwood City Caltrain and Palo Alto Transit Center via Middlefield Road during the shoulder hours while the 397 is not operating.

Line Northern Terminal Southern Terminal Cities Covered Train Stations Covered Daytime Line Equivalents
ECR Night

San Francisco

(Mission & Wellington)

San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno Daly City BART (walk to Mission & John Daly), Colma BART (walk to Mission & San Pedro), South San Francisco BART (walk to El Camino Real & McLellan), San Bruno BART (walk to El Camino Real & San Bruno), SFO Airport BART ECR, 120, 121, 140
296 Redwood City Caltrain Palo Alto Caltrain Redwood City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto Redwood City Caltrain, Menlo Park Caltrain (walk to Santa Cruz & Merrill), Palo Alto Caltrain 280, 281, 296
397

San Francisco

(Drumm & Clay)

Palo Alto Caltrain San Francisco, Daly City, Brisbane, South San Francisco, San Bruno, SFO Airport, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Palo Alto Embarcadero BART, Montgomery BART, Powell BART, Civic Center BART, Bayshore Caltrain,   

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Santa Clara VTA operates one All-Nighter bus service, the Line 22 between Palo Alto Caltrain and Eastridge Transit Center via El Camino Real, Downtown San Jose, Alum Rock Avenue, and King Road.

Former All-Nighter Services

Up until 2010, other transit agencies have also provided All-Nighter bus services but were discontinued due to declining ridership and increased operating costs. These included: