|San Francisco - Travel
Getting around (and to) San Francisco
With five BART lines running throughout the San Francisco Bay Area,
four of which stop at the six main San Francisco stations (from
southwest to northeast: 24th St. Mission, 16th St. Mission, Civic
Center, Powell St., Montgomery St., and Embarcadero) has made traveling
easier within the city.
Maps and schedules are available online and at all stations. BART
tickets are like debit cards, each possessing a specific value,
which deducts fare for traveling a distance and the ticket can be
used until the stored value is used up.
Credit cards can also be used at Charge-A-Ticket (CAT) machines
in selected stations. You can also buy tickets online (www.cdsnet-inc.net/tickets2go/bart.htm),
by mail (BART Customer Services Center, 800 Madison St., LMA-C Oakland,
CA 94607), and at many banks, grocery and drug stores throughout
the city. Service runs weekdays from 4am to midnight, Saturdays
from 6am to midnight, and Sundays from 8am to midnight, although
times at individual stops may vary.
By cable car
If you are visiting San Francisco, don’t miss the cable car
ride. If you are in the mood for scenery, get on to the Powell-Hyde
line, which begins at Powell Street and ends across from Ghirardelli
Square. The Powell-Mason line goes through North Beach and ends
near Fisherman's Wharf. The California Street line, the least scenic,
crests at Nob Hill and then makes its way to Van Ness Avenue.
The car rides are fairly charged and worth every penny. You can
buy a Muni Passport and take all three as often as you like. You
may only board a cable car at specific, clearly marked stops.
Muni buses run frequently around the city from 6am to midnight and
with 80 transit lines, they are the most complete mode of transport.
Buses come by every few minutes, depending on where you want to
go and the time of day. MUNI buses fill in the gaps in San Francisco's
To sail across the Bay to Marin County, you can travel by Golden
Gate Ferry at the foot of Market St. Ferries serve Larkspur with
last ferry leaving Larkspur at 8:15pm. Fares for Adults are $3.25,
seniors $1.60, ages 6-12 $2.45; Sa-Su and holidays. Both lines are
wheelchair accessible. Kids under five are free with an adult; ages
6-12 get a 25% discount; seniors and disabled get 50% off. Transfers
are free between bus routes and ferries.
The Blue and Gold Fleet also offer Island Hop to Alcatraz and Angel
Island. The Harbor Bay Ferry goes between SF and Alameda. The Red
and White Ferry have service between SF and Point Richmond.