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Visiting YBCA


Ticket services
Phone: 415-978-ARTS (2787)
Counter: 701 Mission Street, Galleries and Forum Building


Sun: 12-6 PM
Mon: Closed
Tue–Sat: 12-6 PM

Our ticket counter is also open for screenings and programs outside our regular schedule, and for admission to our galleries.

YBCA Theater Box Office
700 Howard Street
Open for programs in the YBCA Theater ONLY

Ticket purchase and will call services are available 90 minutes prior to curtain. At other times, visit our main ticket counter located in the Galleries and Forum building.

Getting to YBCA

YBCA is at the heart of San Francisco's downtown area, and is convenient to many modes of transportation.

Taking Transit »

SF Muni Metro. Photo: Flickr user torbakhopper.The best way to get to YBCA is by public transit. And transit riders get discounted admission to our galleries!
SF Muni (within San Francisco)

Bus: Most downtown bus lines have stops on Market, Mission or 4th Streets within three blocks' walking distance from YBCA. Suggested routes:

  • From the western neighborhoods, take the 5, 31, or 38 lines to Market and 3rd Streets, one block from YBCA.
  • From the South of Market (SOMA) area, take the 8, 14, 30 or 45 line to 3rd and Mission Streets.
  • From the southern neighborhoods (Visitacion Valley to Mission Bay), take the Metro T line to Montgomery station, about two blocks from YBCA.
  • From the northern neighborhoods (Marina to Chinatown), take the 30 or 45 inbound and stop at 5th and Market Streets, about three blocks from YBCA.

Metro (subway): All Metro lines (J, K, L, M, N, and T) are available from either the Powell or Montgomery Stations, about two blocks from YBCA along Market Street.

Cable Cars and Street Cars: The famous Cable Cars on the Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason lines' turnaround at Hallidie Plaza (Market and Powell Streets) are about three blocks from YBCA. The F-line historic street cars stop at 3rd and Market Streets, one block from YBCA.

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BART (From the Peninsula and East Bay)

All San Francisco downtown lines are available at the Powell and Montgomery Stations, about two blocks from YBCA along Market Street.

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Golden Gate Transit (From the North Bay)

The daily 10, 70, 101 and 101X lines make stops at 3rd and Mission Streets. Ferry service arrives at the Ferry Building, where you can then choose to take Muni or BART to Montgomery Station, or walk or bike to 3rd and Mission Streets (one mile).

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Caltrain (From the South Bay)

All northbound trains terminate at the San Francisco Caltrain station at Townsend and 4th Streets. You may then take the Muni 30 or 45 bus lines from their stop on Townsend, or walk or bike to 3rd and Mission Streets (about 3/4 mile).

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Biking and Walking »

Bay Area BikeShare at YBCA.
Bike Racks

There are bike racks available at the entry paths into Yerba Buena Gardens, including racks adjacent to the Galleries and Forum Building (701 Mission Street) and the YBCA Theater (700 Howard Street). Bike parking is at your own risk: bicycle and accessory theft is unfortunately very common in the area, even during daylight hours.

Bay Area BikeShare

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has its own Bay Area BikeShare station located in front of the YBCA Theater at 3rd and Howard streets, making it easy to drop off your bike rental when you arrive or go off to your transit connection.

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Yerba Buena is a very pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, and a couple of walking paths can make your stroll to YBCA virtually automobile traffic-free!

From Folsom Street: Through Yerba Buena Gardens
From Folsom Street, you can ascend the staircase or elevator near 4th Street and walk through the length of Yerba Buena Gardens. You'll pass by the Gardens' ice skating center and bowling lanes, the play circle, and the Children' Creativity Museum and Carousel. A skybridge takes you over Howard Street and above the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial waterfall. From there, you can descend the stairs and cross the lawn to YBCA.

From Market Street: Through Yerba Buena Lane
When coming from Market Street, you may walk the promenade between the Marriott and Four Seasons hotels. Yerba Buena Lane features public art, restaurants, a wine bar, a weekly farmer's market, and SFMOMA's gift shop. As you approach Mission Street, you'll pass by the Contemporary Jewish Museum, as well as historic St. Patrick's Cathedral, adjacent to Jessie Square plaza. A dedicated crosswalk at the end of the lane takes you safely across Mission Street to Yerba Buena Gardens, with YBCA on the north end of the lawn.

Learn more about the Yerba Buena neighborhood

Driving and Parking »

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Don't be late! Give yourself time

Performances and screenings at YBCA start at the listed time, and the most common reason patrons give about being late to their program is because of traffic and parking. Many visitors to YBCA are often surprised about the length of time it takes to drive and find parking in the surrounding area. It is wise to give yourself at least a half-hour buffer of time before the start of your program to ensure your prompt arrival.


There is no on-site parking at YBCA or within Yerba Buena Gardens, but there are close-by solutions.

Street parking:
Most available curbside parking is metered or restricted by residential permit. Many metered spots are marked by yellow commercial zoning, meaning private vehicles may not legally park before 6 PM. Other metered spots have strictly-enforced time limits, some which will subject your vehicle to towing. If you do choose to park on the street, please observe the posted restrictions, including temporarily-placed ones to be sure you do not get cited or have your vehicle removed. For your safety, we also suggest you do not leave any items of any value where they are visible from your car windows.

Find metered parking availability: SFPark

There are two large municipal parking garages within a block of YBCA: the Fifth & Mission/Yerba Buena Garage and the Moscone Center Garage.

There are many other privately-operated parking lots and garages at a wide variety of rates and hours.

Private parking locators:

Note: inclusion of parking locator services is for information purposes only does not in any way represent an endorsement by YBCA.