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How Much Does a SuperShuttle Cost?

March 20th, 2019

Looking to get a quote for your next trip? Simply hop into our booking tool online, enter your pickup and drop off locations, along with your travel date and passenger count, and you can explore your ride options and their respective costs!

SuperShuttle has been serving airport travelers for over 35 years, centered on reliable and affordable airport transportation services. Our pricing is designed to fall between that of public transit (such as bus and rail lines) and taxi cabs.

While prices vary from city to city and can fluctuate based on travel demand and service type (similar to airline tickets) we want to offer an example of the typical cost for a ride to the airport in one of our most highly traveled-through cities: San Francisco.

To keep things fair, we’ve selected a location at random, and we’ll run the cost of a trip for a solo traveler. The pickup location in this example is the popular Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel and the major airport drop off will be San Francisco International Airport.

At a glance, here’s how pricing breaks down. Read on for more details on fare quotes and variations.

Public Transit

Using the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is the most cost-effective route for many visitors, but might take the longest. Travel time between SFO and the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel is estimated at 55 minutes. Not to mention, once near the Wharf you have a two-mile walk from the nearest BART stop, Embarcadero Station. TripAdvisor forums recommend calling a cab from this point to help with luggage.

According to The BART Fare Calculator, this will run approximately $9.65 per person. If you opt for a taxi to get you the final two miles from the station, Taxi Fare Finder reports that this two-mile trip averages $12.66 before tip.

Estimated One Way Cost: $22.31 USD without tip. (add 18-20% for total with driver tip)

Pros: Affordable, eco-friendly.

Cons: Traveling with luggage on public transit, navigating local public transit systems, wait time for trains, more cushion time is needed to arrive at the airport on time; multiple modes of transit required.


You have two standard shuttle options when traveling to or from SFO; shared-ride or non-stop. With shared-ride, you will be grouped with travelers heading in the same direction as you. With non-stop, you can reserve a direct shuttle all to yourself. By entering the pick-up and drop-off points into our booking tool, the estimated cost for shared-ride from the airport is $19.00 before tip. If you are traveling with lots of luggage, prefer your own shuttle, or plan to travel with companions, a non-stop shuttle runs at approximately $77.

Estimated Shared-Ride Cost: $19 USD without tip.

Estimated Non-Stop Shuttle Cost: $77 USD without tip.

Pros: Shared-ride is the most affordable option and eco-friendly. Non-stop offers curbside airport service, spacious seating, and room for luggage. Only one transportation mode needed for both.

Cons: Shared-ride will require an extra ‘buffer’ built into pick-up times to ensure timely arrival at the airport for all passengers. A few stops along the way may extend your ride time by a few minutes. Non-stop shuttle service will be more expensive than public transit.

Taxi Cab or Rideshare

According to Taxi Fare Finder, the estimated cost for this 15-mile trek is $58.69 with moderate traffic, but can jump up to $95 if traffic is heavy. On the flip side, On-Demand rideshare services are reported to run between $30-73, depending on the ride type selected and whether surge prices are in effect.

All estimates vary by the time of day, traffic, and demand. If you expect traffic to be heavy upon arrival into San Francisco, it may be a better option to go with black car service (see more info below) where you can book ahead at a set price, regardless of traffic conditions.

Estimated Taxi Cab Cost: $58.69 USD without tip.

Estimated Rideshare Cost: $30-$73 without tip.

Pros: Direct transportation to and from the airport, on demand service.

Cons: Higher cost, cost variability, and reliance on car or cab availability.

SuperShuttle’s Black Car Service

Using the booking tool online you may discover that black car private transportation is surprising affordable for a luxury transportation option. The black car sedan service starts at $67 one-way but ranges up to $117 for a black SUV plus Meet and Greet service. Depending on the ride type and whether you opt for a driver to meet you in baggage claim holding a sign, the price can vary.

Estimated Cost: $67 USD without tip.

Pros: Direct transportation to and from the airport, driver waiting curbside or in baggage claim depending on service selection, assistance with your luggage, and flat rate that is not dependent on traffic conditions.

Cons: While value-priced compared with other town car companies and luxury rideshare options, runs more expensive than the other listed options.

In summary, while we used San Francisco as an example, there are many transportation options available both big cities and small. Depending on your timeline, budget, group size, and luggage amount, each transportation option offers unique benefits to every traveler.

For more information on cities and airports that SuperShuttle services, visit www.supershuttle.com/locations.

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