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San Francisco Travel Guide

Getting Around in San Francisco

San Francisco places a high value on transportation; the city offers an extensive range of public transit options, you can take a cable car, a bus, the subway, hire a car, or just walk wherever you want to go.

San Francisco covers an area of only 7 miles wide by 7 miles long, so most visitors and locals alike choose to walk, covering large areas of the city in a short period of time, although the characteristic hills tend to make this an athletic challenge. Biking is a great option; there is no major American City more willing to help to bike riders than San Francisco, just be careful and be sure to wear a helmet.

San Francisco is well-known for its Cable Cars; this system has been in operation since 1873. It may not be the cheapest transit option, the fare is higher than on buses or streetcars, but it can be lots of fun and you will observe some outstanding views. The Cable cars operate daily from approximately 06:00 am to 01:30 am.

The primary mean of transportation is the San Francisco Municipal Railroad (MUNI). The MUNI is an extensive network of buses, railways, and cable cars' serving nearly all corners of the City 24 hours a day, but service is limited at night. MUNI's buses run all over San Francisco in regular intervals usually every five to 20 minutes. The name, destination and line number is displayed on the front of the buses. It's a good idea to pick up an official San Francisco Street & Transit Map

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is a regional rail transit system that crosses through four counties including San Francisco. BART is essential for getting to important places outside the city such as the airport, and to cities in the East Bay Area, including Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, and Fremont. Visitors can also take the BART to get to several attractions in the downtown area; including the Asian Art Museum, MOMA, and the Ferry Building.

Visitors may want to consider purchasing passes for one or more of these systems, both to save money and for convenience. MUNI offers an extensive array of passes ranging from one day to one month which allow free access to MUNI and some other public transportation means.

The Golden Gate Transit is another public transportation system in the San Francisco Bay Area; it provides bus and ferry service to and from Marin and Sonoma Counties.

The ferry provides an exceptional vantage point on the City and the Bay, service is frequent, departing at reasonable intervals each day of the year excepting January 1, Thanksgiving Day and December 25. It's the only way to get to Alcatraz and Angel Island, and a fine way to get to other places such as Marin County and Oakland

It is advisable not to rent a car for tourism within the city limits because the traffic, the one-way streets and the difficult to find parking. San Francisco has many taxi companies although are expensive, taxis can be hailed on the street, or ordered by phone, the best places to hail cabs are near major hotels or along Market Street.

When flying into San Francisco, visitors arrive at San Francisco International Airport, which offers a wide variety of transport connections including bus and BART service. Car rental is also available at the airport.

More Information:

Transport Company
San Francisco Municipal Railroad 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 (415) 701-4500
Bay Area Rapid Transit P.O. Box 12688, Oakland CA 94604-2688 (415) 989-2278
Golden Gate Transit 1011 Andersen Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901 511
San Francisco International Airport PO Box 8097, San Francisco, CA 94128-8097 (800) 435-9736

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