article - Burlingame

Burlingame is in California’sBay Area on the Peninsula. It is a suburb of San Francisco located north of San Mateo and South of Millbrae. Burlingame is just south of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) along US Highway 101.

Burlingame train station

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Three areas within Burlingame will be of greatest interest to visitors.

The Bayshore Area: Hotels are located here along the shore of San Francisco Bay.

Broadway: The quaint older section of town. Interesting shops and family owned restaurants. immediately off of US101.

Burlingame Avenue: The more commercial side of town with high end shopping and a variety of dining options.

Map of Burlingame

From US Highway 101 exit Broadway Burlingame. From Interstate 280 exit Trousdale.

Caltrain stops Burlingame and Broadway.

CalTrain’s “Burlingame” station is immediately adjacent to downtown. CalTrain connects to BART at “Millbrae” station, about three miles north of Burlingame. Metered parking spaces for private vehicles are usually available in all areas of Burlingame. The shopping areas along Burlingame Ave and Broadway Ave are usually busier.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO IATA) is located ten minutes north of Burlingame along US-101.

Downtown Burlingame (intersection of Burlingame Ave and Lorton Ave) is a 10-minute ($20) taxi ride from San Francisco International Airport.

While having a car would be most convenient, if you only spend your time within one of the primary areas of interest described above (Bayshore, Broadway, or Burlingame Avenue) the pedestrian friendly features and good weather for most of the year make Burlingame fun on foot.

Taxis are usually available infront of bars and restaurants during the evening. In the morning and afternoon taxis are usually available quickly with a phone call to a local cab company. Try Luxor Cabs or Peninsula Yellow Cab[dead link].

The Burlingame Trolley, a free shuttle bus, connects several hotels near SFO along the Bayshore area with Broadway and downtown Burlingame Avenue. The service runs Monday through Saturday from 11:30AM–8:18PM with a driver break from 3:51PM-5PM.

There is a pedestrian footbridge over US101 which connects the Bayshore area to Broadway. Take care when crossing the street at either end of the footbridge as traffic moves quickly in a complicated set of intersections.

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