San Carlos (also known as “the city of good living”) boasts a rich history. From Native American Lamchin inhabitants to Spanish invaders and those foolhardy “panners” during the California Gold Rush, this small city has played host to a whole series of characters. Now, it’s still about embracing opposites—with a bustling downtown area, several museums, and a homey, small-town feel.
Caltrain picks up in China Basin or Dogpatch in the city and speeds down the peninsula to San Carlos. It is also possible to take BART to Millbrae and transfer to Caltrain (although this is a slightly longer journey).
Stop: San Carlos Station
Duration: 37 minutes
Departures: 4:55 a.m. – 12:01 a.m. weekdays; 8:15 a.m – 9:15 p.m. weekends
SamTrans connects various destinations along the peninsula. San Francisco buses depart from the Transbay Terminal (Howard and Beale).
Bus: KX towards Palo Alto
Stop: El Camino and Ralston
Duration: 55 minutes
Departures: Runs regularly between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, between 6:35 a.m. and 9:35 p.m. on weekends