After you go out, you've got to get home -- eventually. Before you celebrate the beginning of 2015, check out our guide to Bay Area public transportation options. Many transit agencies are offering free rides and most have extended service.
Additionally, if you really feel the need to get inside a car, taxis are making a bid to compete with Uber and Lyft. Flywheel, a mobile app that allows you to order a regular cab from your phone, is offering a $10 flat fee for any ride normally under $50. (Rides more than $50 will be charged the price of the remainder of the ride.) You have to use the app between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. to qualify. The Safe and Sober program will also offer free taxi rides, via Luxor Cab, after 10 p.m. Call (415) 282-4141 to get a cab and tell the driver "The ride is on Berg Injury Lawyers." Rides are capped at $35, and they will pick you up only from a restaurant, hotel or bar downtown.
And AAA Northern California is offering a free "tipsy tow" service, open to all Bay Area drivers regardless of AAA membership.
From 6 p.m. New Year's Eve to 6 a.m. New Year's Day, drivers who have been drinking can call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and ask for a tipsy tow and dispatchers will send a tow truck to their location. Advance reservations are not available.
The service includes a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home, up to 10 miles away from the point of pick-up. Additional passengers, however, will be accommodated only if the there is room in the tow truck.
BART will not be offering free rides, but the trains will run every 20 minutes until 3 a.m. After 8 p.m., BART will use a pattern of skipping stops, with Pittsburgh/Bay Point trains not stopping at Embarcadero and Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont lines skipping Montgomery Station. Check the full timetable. Pro tip: Buy your return ticket in advance, so you don't have to wait in long lines later.
Again this year, SF Muni will offer free rides from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 5 a.m. on Jan. 1. Do NOT use your Clipper Card. There will also be extra Owl service, and Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero will be extended until 4 a.m. To see a full list of extended routes and schedules, check the Muni website.
Downtown Oakland's free shuttle (operated by AC Transit) will be running until 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve. Catch it every 10-15 minutes between Jack London Square and 27th Street.
The rest of AC Transit will not be free and will be operating on a normal schedule. Check out the expanded All Nighter service.
Catch Caltrain for free starting at 8 p.m. There will be extra departures leaving San Francisco and headed south at 12:45 a.m., 1:15 a.m., 1:45 a.m., and 2:15 a.m. (And then in the morning, you'll have to pay again.)
Rides will be free from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will be offering free rides from 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve to 5 a.m. on Jan. 1. There is some extended service on light rail and express buses; check the schedule.
No special fares or lines. Ferries will be operating on a holiday schedule. There will be no Wave shuttles.