Sacramento to San Francisco for a $ 1? Or Sacramento to Reno, Nevada for the same price? Are you kidding? Not only are these fares available daily on Megabus but the bus is clean and on-time. What's more is that the bus leaves from and goes to convenient locations in all three of the above cities.
Back in November of last year, Megabus announced a big expansion in the West Coast. Since that time it has been providing fares for as low as $ 1 to not only Sacramento, San Francisco, and Reno but too several cities in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas. While not all tickets are $ 1, if you book your ticket at megabus.com a month in advance or on an off day your ticket will be anywhere from $ 1 to $ 5. The bus adds on a modest fifty cent booking fee.
The buses themselves are pretty cool. Two story double decker buses with free wi-fi on board. There is a bathroom on board but it tends to be just a little should we say, "sketchy." While you can't reserve a specific seat if you want to occupy a whole row you can buy two bus tickets and stretch out.
Megabus leaves from Front Street in Sacramento by the old Southern Pacific Depot and just south of the California Railway Museum. The bus arrives in San Francisco at the Caltrain station in downtown San Francisco.
For fares as low as $ 1 you can't beat Megabus.
Here's a map of the SACRT and i should have known +52 have senior fare of 1.25 or $3 for the day,
so for the first half day, with a map, just ride the trams and discover downtown from the comfort of seat and get familiar with landmarks and streets. A fine investment of time
The Sacramento Light Rail is the fastest moving part of Sacramento's bus/rail infrastructure. The system began operation in 1987 and today has expanded to just over 37 miles of track. It connects downtown with South Sacramento, eastern Sacramento, and Folsom. It does not to the Natomas or International Airport. It is generally a reliable form of transportation and alternative to the regional transit bus system. The main problem with the light rail is that some of the City's main attractions like the Sacramento Zoo, Cal Expo and the ARCO arena are not served by Light Rail.
The system operates seven days a week from morning hours to late evening hours. Current fares are $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for seniors. You buy the tickets from a machine right along side the individual station. Sometimes the sun prevents you from easily seeing the menu on the ticket purchase machine. Be prepared to go to another machine if this happens. Not having a ticket on board if you are checking by an RT employee will result in a rather large fine.
It is possible on most routes to bring your bike on board the train. If you do so try and stay out of the way of other folks without bikes.
The River Otter Water Taxi, based in Old Sacramento, plies a short stretch of the Sacramento River. It stops at three marinas before returning to Old Sacramento. You may use the water taxi to cruise the river. Just tell the captain that you are staying on board.
Fare is only $6. A round trip takes approximately 50 minutes.
Best way for public transportation to go to San Francisco consider Limosine service no sharing your ride.
SMF Sacramento CA Airport Transportation Rates
FROM/TO SMF - SACRAMENTO CA AIRPORT SEDAN TOWN CAR TRANSPORTATION RATES
Sacramento to/from San Francisco $195.00
Sacramento to/from San Jose $245.00
Sacramento to/from Oakland $175.00
The best way to get around Sacramento is to rent a car. Sacramento does not have the extensive network of public transportation that a big city would, but it is improving. Most destinations in Sacramento are not quite within walking distance and you will probably be better accomodated by driving yourself. Driving in Sacramento is not as bad as San Francisco or New York but you still have the occasional aggressive driver. If you do have to take Regional Transit most busses and light rail connect on K street in front of the mall.
The free DASH Trolley travels in a loop and stops at Old Sacramento and the Convention Center, among others. It traverses the K Street Mall from 13th Street to 7th Street. Near its many stops are hotels, shops, restaurants, and museums. For its complete schedule and route, check out the web site below.
The DASH Trolley operates from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. The interval between rides during weekdays is 15 minutes; during weekends, it's 30 minutes.
You really need a car to visit Sacramento.
There is a light rail system which is used by commuters but it would not be practical for tourists.
Public buses are also available but not too convenient for visitors.
Payless Car Rental serves as a low-cost alternative to major, higher-priced car rental providers in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, Europe, and Australia and you can get rates on their website (we got a mid-sized car for $21.99/day).
Since this office is located off the airport, you have to call them to come and pick you up. Shuttle service is provided to and from the airport, so once you arrive, use the courtesy phone in rental area for pickup.
Sacramento International Airport is the gateway to Northern California destinations (e.g., Napa, Stockton, Sonoma, Lake Tahoe) as well as major cities across the U.S. (e.g., all major California cities, New York City, Newark, Washington D.C.) and around the world (e.g., Guadalajara).
Located 12 miles northwest of downtown Sacramento (and conveniently located off I-5), Sacramento International Airport is serviced by thirteen major carriers and one commuter airline (also has seven on-airport auto rental companies).
Sacramento lacks an all-around lightrail system. So far, our system accommodates mostly the daily commute traffic into and out of the downtown area. Our bus system is ok but runs less frequently on the weekends. I would recommend renting a car if you really want to see the area.
It's best to have your own car in Sacramento....lots of day trips easily accesible from town....the Bay Area...Stateline/Tahoe Gambling...Mt. Shasta...The Gold Country...all within a couple hours...
Picture is Hwy 49 just before Amador City...and Sutter Creek....
There's no shortage of taxis in Sacramento. I enquired of one, about the fare from the City centre to the airport, only about 10-15 minutes drive. The usual fare is about $28. Jas (Jaswimder) the cab driver I spoke to, said he could do a special 'deal'. As it turned out, the car rental company (Senator) run a free shuttle service to and from the airport, so just remember that. It's almost the saving of on day's car rental!
As for rental cars. Well, there are several companies in Sacramento, including Hertz, Avis and Enterprise, and these three are all located on 16th Street. Unfortuantely for me, none of them had vehicles available at that time, and I could see me staying in Sacramento for the next 2 days. fortunately I had previously looked up some rental companies on the internet, but only written down one name and telephone number - Senator/New Frontier. I found a phone booth, and gave them a ring, and was very pleased when they said they could provide me with a vehicle immediately. I eventually found their offices, which are located some distance from the town centre, and really I should have taken a taxi. I was very pleased with the vehicle they supplied, which was a Ford Focus Station Wagon (what we in England would call an Estate Car). They weren't able to provide me with the budget/economy car that I had asked for on the 'phone, but I got the Focus at the same rate of $32 a day, with unlimited mileage. I also paid $12 a day for full accidental damage cover, although this was optional. As far as the rental paperwork went, I just had to produce my UK driving licence (which is the older type without a photo), and my Passport. They also asked for a contact telephone number in the States, and I gave them the number of a VT friend where I was going to be after Sacramento. A bonus of walking to the rental company was that I found it easy to drive back to the city the way I had walked! Two or three times around the blocks, trying to locate the train station, where I had left my suitcase, and I felt quite 'at home'!
Senator Rent-a-Car, 200 Jibboom Street.
Main Office: 3565 Florin Road, Sacramento. Tel: 916-392-4225
I knew that when I arrived in Sacramento I would have to rent (hire) a car for the two days. I suppose this was perhaps the most apprehensive part of my trip, as I had never driven in the States, nor driven a left-hand drive car. I had, of course, driven in Europe, on the 'wrong side', but with a right-hand drive car. and what about the different traffic rules? In england we have traffic roundabouts at major junctions, or traffic lights, where all traffic stops, unless there is a filter lane which has a green light. Well, having been with Phil and been driven many hundreds of miles, I quickly adapted to the different driving conditions. I still felt I was 'doing wrong' by turning right at junctions when the lights were red. But what a sensible thing to do to help ease traffic congestion. The other thing I liked was the speed restriction signs, especially those on the 'grades' and curves. I soon got to appreciate those when driving through the mountail passes!