Union Square

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City: San Francisco 
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Union Square is a hotel and shopping district in San Francisco that spans several blocks from the Union Square Park. Union Square has numerous high-end retailers and provides a big-city downtown shopping experience. Parking in the area is not free, but is served by a number of transit routes.

Points of interest


BART, Muni Metro

BART (East Bay/SF Airport) and Muni Metro trains run under Market Street. Powell Station and Montgomery Station are the nearest stops for both systems.

Historic streetcars, Cable cars

F-Market & Wharves streetcar stops along on Market Street.

The nearest cable car stop for Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines is at Market and Powell, above BART and Muni Metro Powell Station.


The nearest Caltrain (Peninsula/San Jose) stop from Union Square is 4th & King Station. Muni bus 30 and 45 provide connection via 3rd/5th streets. Muni Metro N-Judah Judah and T-Third Street Third Street lines provide connection via stations under Market Street. To walk from Caltrain, proceed north along 4th Street toward Market Street (15 min - 20 min walk to Market).


From either the Ferry Building or Pier 41, transfer to F-Market & Wharves streetcar to reach Union Square.

Bus - Muni

Local, rapid, express routes

L-Owl All-nighter: San Francisco Zoo - Ferry Plaza

N-Owl All-nighter: Ocean Beach - 4th & King Caltrain

T-Owl Weekend early morning: Market & Van Ness - Sunnydale

2 Clement: Ferry Plaza - Richmond District (Clement & 15th Ave)

3 Jackson: Downtown - Presidio and California

5 Fulton: Transbay Terminal - Civic Center - 8th Ave (weekday daytime), Ocean Beach (night and weekend)

5R Fulton Rapid: Transbay Terminal - Civic Center - Ocean Beach (Richmond District)

6 Haight-Parnassus: Ferry Building - Inner Sunset District (Quintara and 14th Ave)

7 Haight-Noriega: Outer Sunset (Ortega and 48th Ave) - Transbay Terminal

7X Noriega Express: Ocean Beach (Ortega and 48th Ave) - Downtown SF

8 Bayshore: City College - Visitacion Valley - Chinatown - Fisherman's Wharf

8AX Bayshore 'A' Express: Visitacion Valley - Chinatown

8BX Bayshore 'B' Express: City College - Visitacion Valley - Chinatown - Fisherman's Wharf

9 San Bruno: Downtown - Arleta Station/Visitacion Valley (night and weekend)

9R San Bruno Rapid: Downtown - Visitacion Valley

14 Mission: Ferry Plaza - Daly City (Mission & San Jose)

14R Mission Rapid: Ferry Plaza - Daly City BART

14X Mission Express: Daly City (Mission and San Jose) - Ferry Plaza

21 Hayes: Ferry Plaza - Fulton & Shrader

27 Bryant: Cesar Chavez and Mission - Jackson and Van Ness

30 Stockton: The Marina (Broderick & Beach) - 4th & King Caltrain via North Beach and Chinatown

31 Balboa: Ocean Beach (Richmond District) - Ferry Plaza

38​​ Geary: Richmond District - Transbay Terminal

38​R Geary Rapid: Richmond District (Point Lobos) - Transbay Terminal

45 Union-Stockton: Lyon and Greenwich - 4th & King Caltrain via Chinatown

76X Marin Headlands Express: (Weekend) Downtown San Francisco - Marin Headlands

91-Owl All-Nighter: West Portal Station - San Francisco State University via Downtown

Regional/commuter bus

Downtown is served by various bus systems from the North Bay and the Peninsula. Golden Gate Transit and SamTrans buses stops along Mission St. Buses from the East Bay stop at the Transbay Transit Center further north.

Bike share

Bay Area Bike Share operates self-service bike share stations in the Downtown area.