Directions to HI-San Francisco Downtown (Union Square)
Map & Directions
***Please note: There is another hostel that is also located on Mason Street, just 2 blocks south of us. We've had several guests mistakenly check in at the wrong hostel. Please be sure you're in the right place - 312 Mason Street (between Geary and O'Farrell). Look for the Hostelling International logos outside our entrance.
From the airport:
By BART: Take a BART train from the airport to the Powell station. (Trains run 4 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. to midnight on Sundays and holidays.) Walk two blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is on the right-hand side.
By Shuttle: Lorrie's Airport Service offers a discounted rate of $14 per person for shuttle service between San Francisco International Airport and HI-San Francisco hostels. Contact the hostel for more information and reservations.
By Taxi: There are usually plenty of private taxis available at the airport. Look for an official taxi stop outside the baggage claim. A ride from SFO to the hostel will set you back about $50.
From the Greyhound station:
From the Greyhound Station at San Francisco's Temporary Transbay Terminal, exit and turn right on Folsom. Take your first right onto Beale and walk 1 block. Cross Howard, and find the MUNI bus #38 stop at the northeast corner of Howard and Beale. Take the MUNI bus #38 to Geary and Powell. Continue walking west on Geary for 1 block, then turn left on Mason. The hostel is in the first block on your left.
The nearest Amtrak train station is in Emeryville, but Amtrak offers connecting bus service to San Francisco. When you purchase your train ticket, select 'San Francisco - Westfield Shopping Center' as your final destination. From the Shopping Center bus stop, walk two blocks north on Powell Street, turn left on O'Farrell Street, then turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is on the right-hand side.
From Van Ness Avenue (US 101), drive east on Post Street. Turn right on Mason Street. The hostel is two blocks down, on the left side of the street.
Park in the loading zone in front of the hostel; front-desk staff will direct you to permanent parking. Expect to pay around $20 per day in a nearby lot.