We'd tried to find reviews describing the Amtrak bus service using the Coast Starlight going northbound and couldn't find any recent info. We had concerns about available, affordable taxi service from Oakland or Emeryville. Loved the first 9 hours on the train but had to stop 7 times to make sure crossing gates were working correctly on Union Pacific tracks.With the train arriving more than an hour late into Oakland (10 PM?), the trip was dragging on a little too long. We just wanted to get to our hotel in San Francisco ASAP. Did not see any taxis outside the rather dark station and there was no signage how to find the Thruway bus from Oakland Station. We finally spotted the bus sitting in the lot beside the train- of course. Happy to say that we got efficient bus service into San Fran, well worth the additional few dollars fare. We did take a taxi the from the Financial District bus stop for the last 4 blocks of the journey, but the cost was minimal, we were tired and it was dark and cold. Hope this helps the next nervous travelers. Book the the Thruway bus!!
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