By Air, San Francisco
i flew into the SFO airport. there is also the san jose and oakland airports nearby. if you do not have a car while you are in san francisco, i recommend getting a shuttle, rather than a taxi to wherever you are staying. it ranges from about 12-17 dollars to be taken from the airport to your hotel. you will be going with a few other passengers, so you may not be the first to be dropped off..i personally appreciated this though, it gave me a chance to see more of the city as other people were let off at their hotels.
while in the city lookout for a blue booklet with san francisco coupons. i found a $10 dollar coupon for american airporters shuttle for my trip back to the aiport. i paid $17 on my way into san francisco. don't forget to tip the driver. and if you are coming from san jose, or oakland airports the cost of these shuttles will be from $40.00-$90.00...
in union square you will find the powell and market st station. here you have access to the cable cars, muni, bus, and bart railway systems. if you are staying for multiple days i would recommend getting a muni pass. it's $10.00 for 3 days, unlimited use of cable cars, muni or bus transportation. note that the 'bart' is not included in the muni pass. once you are on powell and market you'll see an escalator going down. if you take it, and go straight ahead you will find the sf visitor's center with an array of brochures. there are also people there to help answer your questions. ..but the best way of transportation, which most people use..is to walk! you can see a lot of the city just by walking around.
Flying into SFO and taking a taxi up to the city. Caltrain is also good if you're arriving from Silicon Valley.
Bus and cable car. Driving is also a nice way to go around the city, but there are lots of hills and parking can be expensive.
San Francisco International Airport. That is easy to get to Dowtown SF from the Airport. Take a shuttle or the train. The airport is really cool and the runaway is surrounded by water. Awesome.
SF Public transportation is efficient and quick. Some delays are to be expected if you use METRO, especially during rush hours, but the buses and tramways are efficient. Do walk but be warned, the hills will kill you!
we flew on United Airlines - it was lovely, as usual
we walked everywhere. taxis are very available... but we stayed near the piers, and spent most of our time there. the cable cars are neat, but VERY crowded. we had our 5-month old and his stroller, so we stayed away from that.
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Okay, so you're coming in by plane. That means you're probably coming into San Francisco International (SFO). If that's the case, then horray, you're going to be landing in one of the WORST on-time airports in the galaxy. Don't be too surprised if you're in a holding pattern for an hour before landing (if your flight isn;t cancelled). At least you'll get a nice long arial tour of the Bay Area!
Don't be too surprised if, when you land, two things happen: you think you're going to crash into the Bay and that they plane comign down beside you is going to as well. Don't worry about it, because the runways extend out into the Bay so you'll be over water until the last 20 feet before landing, ot so. Additionally, the parallel runways are so close together (750ft) that you can wave at the other passengers (the ones that aren't screaming in fear, anyway), as you land.
Getting to the city ain't so fancy. The regional transit system (BART) is being constructed to the airport, but it's behind schedule, so you're gonna have to hoof it in a cab. Whatever, it's only like 20-30 minutes at non-rush hour. Check out the surprisingly half-decent SFO website (www.sfoairport.com) for all your other info, like what to do at the airport when your departing flight is delayed 3 hours because of fog.
You can either fly into San Francisco Airport or Oaklalnd Airport. SF sometimes experiences delays due to fog. Oakland, in my opinion, is more reliable and not a far drive to SF. In fact, whenever I fly into SF for business, I usually fly into Oakland. The rental car process is MUCH easier and faster at Oakland and I also like the airport better. However, if you have business in the south part of the city or in the South Bay, fly into SF or even San Jose.
I think there is no chance. It´s obvious that the best and
cheapest way to travel to and from San Francisco is by
If it were not for this superb hilly city, I´d dare say
walking is perhaps the best way to get around a city, but
in S.F. I´d recommend its famous cable car.
I went to San Frnacisco on a tour bus. The easiest way to get there would most probably be by airplane.
San Francisco is all hill. So, if you don't have to drive, don't. Take one of the historic trolleys around the city.
You very likely will pass through the International Terminal at SFO. While waiting for your flight take a look at this unique musical artwork. Now that is a lot of saxophones!
If you are flying out of SFO on United and are looking for a cocktail after 9pm, you should look for The Terrace bar. The rest of the bars seem to close at 9pm for some reason!