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SFMTA Encourages Fans to Take Muni to San Francisco 49ers Football Games

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), encourages fans to take Muni to this season’s San Francisco 49ers home games. The 49ers will play 10 home games this year at Candlestick Park between Thursday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 23. The San Francisco 49ers will host their first home pre-season game on Thursday, against the Denver Broncos starting at 6 p.m. at Candlestick Park.

Motorists should expect delays on all bridges and freeways leading into San Francisco for at least two hours before the start of the game and for at least two hours after the end of the game. The I-280 freeway may be preferable to U.S. 101 for those not attending the game. Traffic will be particularly heavy through downtown on Thursday due to the Giants game at AT&T Park that will start at 12:45 p.m. and end near the afternoon commute period. The 6 p.m. start time of the 49ers game will also coincide with the commute period. Fans attending the games are encouraged to take public transportation. For more information, please visit Tips on getting to 49ers games at Candlestick Park are available at:

On game days, Muni offers several ways to get to Candlestick Park from locations throughout San Francisco. There are four Muni Express routes and two Shuttles.

NEW NFL Bag Policy: Fans should be advised that there is a new NFL Bag Policy in effect at 49ers games. Only NFL-approved bags will be permitted inside Candlestick Park.  For more information, please visit

All service, including the express service, is regular fare service, $2 adult per trip and $.75 for youth/senior/disabled per trip.

For faster boarding, customers are encouraged to buy their fare prior to boarding the express service. Clipper cards with either a Fast Pass or pre-loaded cash can be purchased at your convenience. Customers can load their cards online at (please allow at least five days for processing), or at one of the participating Clipper vendors or ticket vending machines in a Muni Metro station. Please go to for fare details.

On game days, Muni customers may purchase their fare in advance. SFMTA staff will sell one-way and roundtrip Muni fares from 3 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Balboa Park BART Station
  • Sutter Street/Sansome Street

For service to and from the game, T Third customers should transfer at the Gilman/Paul station to the 87 Candlestick Shuttle, which operates directly between the station and Candlestick Park.

Pre-game Service:

  • 75X Candlestick Express – from Balboa Park BART
  • 77X Candlestick Express – from California and Van Ness
  • 78X Candlestick Express – from California and Funston
  • 79X Candlestick Express – from Sutter and Sansome
  • 86 Candlestick Shuttle – from Bacon and San Bruno
  • 87 Candlestick Shuttle – from Third Street and Gillman, T Third Station

Post-game Service:

  • 75X Candlestick Express –  to Balboa Park BART
  • 77X Candlestick Express – to Van Ness and North Point
  • 78X Candlestick Express – to California and Funston
  • 79X Candlestick Express – to Kearny and Sutter
  • 86 Candlestick Shuttle – to Bacon and San Bruno
  • 87 Candlestick Shuttle – to Third Street and Gillman, T Third Station

79X Candlestick Express Re-route

As of last year, the southbound 79X, which provides express service to the 49ers game from downtown, will be re-routed due to Central Subway construction on Stockton and 4th streets. Customers traveling to the game can board the 79X Candlestick Express at the following locations:

  • Sutter and Sansome
  • Sutter and Kearny
  • Mason and Geary
  • Cyril Magnin and Market
  • 5th Street and Mission
  • 5th Street and Howard
  • 5th Street and Folsom

The southbound buses will then travel express to Candlestick Park from 5th and Folsom streets. Northbound buses will remain on the regular route.