Sacramento Transportation

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    Cheap Transportation To and From the Airport: WIP

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Mar 17, 2014

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    Sacramento has a reputation for being a fairly progressive City. However when it comes to certain aspects of public transportation it is a disaster. Take the example of how to get from the Sacramento International Airport to downtown. The Sacramento International Airport is located approximately twelve miles north of downtown Sacramento. It recently added a new terminal despite the fact that short term projections really didn't justify such an enormous expense.

    Primary transportation from the airport to downtown is limited to three main choices; taking a shuttle, getting a taxi or renting a car. A Super Shuttle ride to a downtown hotel can be as little as $13.00 or more. A taxi from one of the areas outside of the primary terminals will run $ 27.00 to $ 30.00. Renting a car will be at least as expensive as taking a taxi and likely twice as much or more.

    A fourth option has been the emergence over the past ten years of Yolo Bus. This bus company, based in Woodland, provides service from communities in Yolo County in and and out of Sacramento. For years they have been operating an inexpensive and extremely reliable bus service from the Sacramento International Airport to downtown Sacramento. Fares are $ 2.00 for adults and $ 1.00 for those 62 or over. Service which is approximately once an hour usually leaves outside of the downstairs baggage area on twenty to twenty five after the hour. The trip downtown takes 15 minutes only. Service begins at approximately 5;30 a.m. and runs to just after 10:00 p.m. Here is the schedule link from the airport to downtown;

    http://yolobus.com/routes/index.php/42A

    The bus from the airport to downtown is the 42 A
    The bus back from downtown to the airport is the 42B. Buses leave downtown at either 6th and L Streets or 13th and L Streets.

    Save a few bucks if the time is convenient and take the Yolo Bus.

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    Cheap Inter City Bus TravelLUpdate 2014

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    Megabus in Sacramento- New Stop is on 65th Street
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    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 the 65th Street RT Light Rail Station as of late 2013. While this makes it a little less convenient for me to use it is now directly accessible by Regional Transit buses and light rail.

    For fares as low as $ 1 you can't beat Megabus.

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    Sacramento Regional Transport

    by kenHuocj Written Nov 5, 2012

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    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

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    Light Rail

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated Aug 24, 2012

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    Sacramento RT Light Rail Cars
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    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.

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    River Otter Water Taxi

    by cheap_tourist Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    River Otter Water Taxi

    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.

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    Limosine Service Sacramento between SFO airport

    by limorider Written Mar 5, 2009
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    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
    limoservicesacramento.com

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    Rent a car

    by lovestotravel01 Written Nov 29, 2005

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    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.

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    DASH Trolley

    by cheap_tourist Updated Jul 7, 2005

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    DASH Trolley

    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.

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    The "Light Rail" system

    by Jeannette1 Written Apr 19, 2005

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    Public transportation

    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.

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    Payless Car Rental

    by BLewJay Written Dec 13, 2004

    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.

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    Sacramento International Airport

    by BLewJay Updated Dec 13, 2004

    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).

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    Limited "lightrail" in Sacramento

    by msaardvark Written Nov 27, 2004

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    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.

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    It's best to have your own car...

    by califdweller Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Gold Country

    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....

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    Taxi anyone?

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    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!

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    Senator Rent-a-car

    by Geoff_Wright Updated Jan 16, 2004

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    my hire car

    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

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