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Press Release: Free Muni on New Year’s Eve


Free Muni New Year’s Eve 2022

For the 23rd consecutive year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will offer free rides on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 through 5 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Extra Muni Metro Subway Service will be provided from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2:15 a.m. Sunday. Extra Owl Service will be provided from 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday.

“New Year’s Eve is a great chance for residents and visitors to enjoy and celebrate the City during our economic recovery,” said Julie Kirschbaum, SFMTA Director of Transit. “In our ongoing efforts to carry out San Francisco’s Vision Zero goals, we are happy to offer free Muni service on New Year’s Eve so everyone can safely enjoy their New Year’s celebration.”

This program supports San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic fatalities.

Ride Muni Free New Year’s Eve includes all Muni lines and routes. Clipper Card customers should NOT tap their cards to make sure they don’t get charged a fare. Muni Mobile passes will not be necessary. Metro fare gates will be open that night. All information, including schedules and stops, will be posted on New Year’s Eve Free Muni and Extra Service or . Clipper Card customers should NOT tap their cards to make sure they don’t get charged a fare.

Don’t drink and drive, let Muni do the driving.

New Year’s Eve Muni Service

  • Complimentary Muni service from 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.
  • Please do not tag your Clipper® card. If you tag it, you will be charged.
  • Please do not activate a MuniMobile ticket. Metro fare gates will be open.
  • Extra Muni Metro service:
    • Trains between West Portal Station and 4th & King from 8 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.
    • Additional trains between West Portal and Embarcadero Station from 8 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.
    • Transfer at West Portal Station to OWL bus lines.
  • Extra service on the OWL Network, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.:

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, a city-sponsored fireworks show from a barge off The Embarcadero, south of the Ferry Building, will take place. Motorists should anticipate delays in the area from approximately 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and pedestrians are advised to use caution when traveling.

Note: Central Subway will provide free rail shuttle service from Chinatown Rose-Pak to 4th / Brannan St on Saturday, Dec. 31 and Sunday, Jan. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., instead of midnight. We encourage those planning to use the Central Subway after 5 p.m. this weekend to use the 30 Stockton and 45 Union/Stockton which are scheduled to come every 15-20 minutes. For further information on our staffing & service plans, please visit  Central Subway Will Close Early On The Holiday Weekends.

Regional Transit Connections for New Year’s Eve

  • BART will provide additional service on January 1.
    • Full fare pricing will be in effect.
    • The last East Bay bound train running through Downtown San Francisco will be at around 1:30am and the last Southbound train heading toward Millbrae will run through Downtown San Francisco at 2:10am.
    • For more details & trip times, please visit BART’s New Year’s Eve service article.
  • Caltrain service will be running on a Weekend Schedule. For more details, please visit
  • SamTrans service will be from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 1. For more details, please visit 

1 reply »

  1. While this is a nice gesture, I see 9 out of 10 riders don’t pay when they get on muni anyway. Don’t understand why muni is doing absolutely nothing about it.

    So, what is the point to publish something that is free every day???


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