There are a variety of very wheelchair friendly transportation options in and around San Francisco. Whether you are looking to get to or from the SFO Airport, visit wine country, our tour the fabulous Bay Area - your guaranteed an accessible, comfortable transportation experience. Below you will find the information you need to make San Francisco easily accessible.
San Francisco Taxis
San Francisco Metro Buses
Phone: (415) 923-6142
Nearly all of Muni's diesel buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts and can "kneel" (lower the front of the bus) if you have trouble negotiating stairs. The driver makes space for wheelchairs by folding up several seats near the front of the bus, and can assist passengers a wheelchair to fasten the required safety straps or wheel lock. Wheelchair users may also transfer to a fixed seat and keep their wheelchair folded in the adjacent aisle.
The big trolley buses on the 14 Mission, 31 Balboa, and weekend 30 Stockton lines accommodate wheelchairs similar to the diesel buses. The smaller trolley buses that serve the rest of the city are not currently accessible - seek out adjacent diesel bus lines if necessary.
Muni Light Rail
Phone: (415) 923-6142
Muni's Metro light rail lines are accessible at eight subway stops between Embarcadero and West Portal stations. In outlying neighborhoods, some two dozen "key stops" have wheelchair-accessible boarding ramps (intermediate stops are not accessible). When boarding, watch the gap between the platform and the door! Wheelchair users may prefer to back on to the train and/or at a slight angle. Park in one of the opposite doorways, crosswise to the direction of travel. Muni's historic F line streetcars on Market Street are also accessible - the driver lays a bridge between the train and the wheelchair ramp to provide access to the train. Watch for the collapsing stairs.
Phone: (510) 464-7134
BART provides fast, frequent rail service between San Francisco, Oakland, and outlying East Bay cities and suburbs. Opened in 1971, the trains and stations were designed to be accessible. Recent renovations have improved accessibility. Typically, elevators and escalators descend from the street level to the concourse level, and from there to the train platform. Elevators downtown are at either end of the station. As on Muni Metro, be careful crossing the gap between the platform and the train doors. Discount tickets are available for seniors and people with disabilities.
Super Shuttle (SFO Airport)
Phone: (800) 435-9736
SuperShuttle passengers share the ride with others going in their direction in one of our comfortable blue vans. Advanced reservations and pre-payment for your SFO airport ride take the time and hassle out of getting to and from the airport.
Email to WJC from wheelchair traveler Karin:
Hello Wheelchair Jimmy! I wanted to let you know that every time I have booked (always MONTHS in advance) the Super Shuttle there have been delays in arrival on pick up - all the travelers on my plane who booked Super Shuttle were long gone before the accessible van showed up. However most significantly, as I can only afford the red eye flights, the accessible shuttles are NOT available at night. The driver's themselves are excellent, however at two in the morning to be informed that an accessible van is not available for my pickup at 2:30 and they would not pick me up was stunning. As well, they offered to pick me up if I would let the driver "assist" me into a regular van.. I am lucky to have the upper body capacity to haul my butt into the van, but on debarkation the driver dragged me out and lifted me into my chair. Okay it worked, but not what I paid for.They sent me a voucher for a free pick up with them... but really it may be worth paying the big bucks for a taxi instead.
Accessible Van Rentals
Accessible van rentals are expensive and cost $100-$150 per day plus mileage. Many charge an additional $50-$90 for delivery and pick-up services. Some rental companies will not add hand controls or provide transfer/swivel seats, preferring to rent to able bodied persons who drive persons confined to wheelchairs.
114 Center Avenue. Pacheco, CA 94553
Access Options (Wheelers)
1253 Birchwood Drive. Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Phone: (408) 734-5438
Phone: (800) 638-1912
MobilityWorks of Oakland
1822 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: (510) 927-2860