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Getting Around San Francisco

Posted By Isabelle Pouliot, Sunday, May 15, 2016
Updated: Sunday, May 15, 2016

Here are some tips about how to travel around the city durung the next ATA's Conference in November 2016.

 

San Francisco is made up of 49 square miles of long boulevards, curvy streets, hidden alleyways and lots of hills. But have no fear; follow these tips and you’ll be the transportation hero of your San Francisco adventure.You'll find zipping around the city without a car is not only easy and affordable, it's actually more convenient 99% of the time (driving in the the city and searching for parking is the stuff nightmares are made of).

MUNI

MUNI/San Francisco Municipal operates buses, trains, cable cars & the F-line heritage streetcar. The MUNI buses remain above ground while MUNI metro runs on rails and sometimes go underground. Bus stops come in many forms; small bus shelters, yellow paint on street poles, and white paint on streets. Metro stops can be found on an island in the middle of the street and stations. Using the Metro Map, find the nearest metro to your locations.

The price of a bus journey is $2.25 (exact money required, or you can buy a Clipper card - see below). Ask the driver for a transfer and you can use this for 90 minutes of travel on MUNI (and sometimes longer - check the time on the transfer).


BART

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) connects the San Francisco Peninsula with Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and other cities in the East Bay. BART fares are calculated on the distance traveled, and there are no "time-based" passes for BART. 

 

Tips: For all MUNI times, BART and buses you can go online to http://www.511.org/ or you can call 511. In addition to this there are also many different smartphone apps that provide maps, routes, and times.

 

CABLE CARS

Cable Cars and street cars are San Francisco’s historical cars and run along cables that are affixed to the street. Cable Cars are located downtown and run on three lines; Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California St. The F-Line Street Car runs up and down Market St. all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. For these you may pay the conductor on board or purchase tickets at multiple locations.

If you are using public transit as your main mode of travel, as it should be (we have nightmares about driving and finding parking), then the Clipper Card is an easy and fast way to use the various modes of transportation. Purchasing this pre-loaded card will give you access to all bay-area transportation such as Bart, Muni buses, Muni Metro, INCLUDING Cable Car. When you board, hold the card over a scanner and listen for the beep. Cards can be bought at multiple locations and re-filled at Bart Stations.

 

TAXI
As is customary in most U.S. cities, visitors may hail a taxi directly or use a smart phone app.

 

RIDE SHARING

Uber and Lyft are car services operated by San Francisco locals. You must first download the app, register, and set up a credit card payment system. With Lyft, you can request a private car service, or use the shared car service called “Lyft Line”. This is useful when travelling with another person because you get a shared discounted rate. Uber has a similar service called “Uber Pool” with rides running at a flat rate of $7. To use any of these services, set a pick-up location and end destination and within minutes, you will be matched with a driver. Make sure to communicate with your driver; call, text, or wave down their car.

 

Source: San Francisco Travel and Bay Area Rapid Transit.

Tags:  San Francisco  Transportation 

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