Burlingame

Mon, 2014-02-10 20:29

Photo by Koshy Koshy from Faridabad, Haryana, India (Burlingame Train Station Uploaded by jkadavoor) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

You probably know that FOSS4G is at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (SFO), and it's a quick and convenient shuttle ride from SFO to the conference.

But you may not know that Burlingame, a leafy suburb of San Francisco, is just a few minutes away. Burlingame is a small but lovely city, full of interesting restaurants and shops (including an Apple store). If you enjoy unusual sites, don't miss the museum of Pez!

The best way to check out Burlingame's offerings is this interactive map of downtown.

We have organized the schedule to make it easy for you to have dinner in Burlingame between the early-evening activities (receptions or BoFs), and the start of Late Night in the hotel bar.

Getting to Burlingame from the Hyatt

  • Quickest way: grab a taxi, and you're there in five minutes
  • Most circuitous way: take the free Burlingame shuttle, and be prepared to spend an hour on it!
  • Healthiest way: walk the 1.8 miles, taking the pedestrian footbridge that connects the Bayshore area to Broadway

Into the City

If your plans include an excursion into San Francisco, here are your transportation options.

  • Taxi - ~20-30 minutes and ~$50 each way
  • BART from the airport station or Millbrae station - ~30 minutes and $4.50 each way; see more below
  • CalTrain from downtown Burlingame - ~30 minutes and $5 each way
More about BART

BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value. All BART stations have automatic ticket vending machines that accept cash and credit cards. BART's fare structure is built on a mileage-based formula and passes are not available.

When you enter BART, insert your ticket into the fare gate and it will be returned to you. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be automatically deducted and tickets with remaining value will be returned. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will read "Underpaid: Go to Addfare." A nearby Addfare vending machine will tell you how much additional fare you must add to your ticket to exit the BART system.