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Getting Around San Francisco

Getting Around San Francisco

San Francisco is not what you will consider a big city. Located at the tip of the San Francisco peninsula and mostly surrounded by water, the whole city is only seven square miles.

Walking and the numerous public transits listed below is a great way to explore the city, because many of the city's most popular tourist destinations are within walking distance of one another.

San Francisco has an extensive public transit system. San Francisco Municipal (MUNI) operates buses, cable cars, light rail and the F-line heritage streetcar within the city limits and offer popular options for exploring the city.

San Francisco Area Transit

San Francisco Area Transit - Below is a list of options available to you while you are in San Francisco

BART Train

BART connects San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley and offers a fast and cost-effective way to get around the Bay Area.

San Francisco Bus
Muni Bus

The efficient and affordable Muni bus is a great way to get around the city of San Francisco.

San Francisco Taxi
San Francisco Taxi

Many taxicab companies provide service throughout the city and to and from San Francisco International Airport.

San Francisco Car Rental
San Francisco Car Rental

Take a free shuttle van to the Rental Car Center at San Francisco International Airport when you arrive to pickup your rental for your trip into town or outside of the city.

San Francisco Cable Cars
Cable Cars

A worldwide symbol of San Francisco, the Cable Car is simply a San Francisco thing to do during your visit.

Street Cars
Street Cars

Ride the historic F Line streetcar that travels through The Castro, down Market Street, and along The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf.

Muni Metro Light Rail
Muni Metro Light Rail

San Francisco's Muni Metro Light Rail system features six lines and offers locals and visitors an additional transportation option for getting around the city.

San Francisco Area Airports
San Francisco Area Airports

The Bay Area two major airports, San Francisco Intl. Airport and Oakland Intl. Airport are fully accessible by public transit. Save money and ride the BART.

Clipper Card
Clipper Card

Clipper is your ticket to ride transit in the Bay Area. This all-in-one transit card allows you to add passes, transit value and parking value to your Clipper Card at a variety of places.

San Francisco Attractions

San Francisco Attractions

From San Francisco Driving Time Miles/KM
Calistoga 1.5 hours 75/122
Clear Lake/ Lake County 2.5hours 120/200
Larkspur 30 minutes 15/24
Mendocino /Ft. Bragg 4 hours 156/251
Muir Woods 30 minutes 15/24
Mt. Tamalpais 1.25 hours 25/40
Petaluma 1 hour 38/61
Point Reyes 1 hour 38/61
Napa/Sonoma Wine Country 1 hour 50/80
Sausalito 20 minutes 8/13
Tiburon 30 minutes 16/26
Vallejo 45 minutes 25/40
From San Francisco Driving Time Miles/KM
Berkeley 25 minutes 12/19
Gold Country 3 hours 131/211
Lake Tahoe 4 hours 209/333
Las Vegas 12 hours 574/918
Nevada City 3 hours 151/243
Oakland / Downtown 20 minutes 10/16
Oakland International Airport 30 minutes 16/26
Pleasanton 45 minutes 39/62
Reno 4.5 hours 230/374
Sacramento 1 - 1.5 hours 88/143
Sequoia National Park 7 hours 270/432
Yosemite National Park 4 hours 185/296
From San Francisco Driving Time Miles/KM
Anaheim / Disneyland 8 hours 430/688
Carmel / Monterey 2.5 hours 133/214
Death Valley National Park 11 hours 525/840
Half Moon Bay / Pillar Point 35 minutes 25/40
Los Angeles (coastal scenic route) 11 hours 437/703
Los Angeles (inland route) 8 hours 389/622
San Francisco International Airport 25 minutes 14/23
Santa Clara 45 minutes 35/56
Santa Cruz 2 hours 74/119
San Diego (coastal scenic route) 13 hours 555/888
San Diego (inland route) 9 hours 508/813
San Jose 1 hour 50/80
San Jose International Airport 1 hour 50/80
San Simeon / Hearst Castle 4 hours 198/317
Stanford University / Palo Alto 1 hour 33/53

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