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San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour
"Your seaplane tour takes off from Sausalito a waterfront town just 4 miles (6.4 km) north of the Golden Gate Bridge. While you sip a glass of Mumm Napa a California sparkling wine made in the traditional French method enjoy a gorgeous leisurely flight over San Francisco Bay before the sun sets. Relax during this magical time when the city and water are beautifully illuminated by the indirect light of the sun.Head out to the open Pacific Ocean and then south to the Golden Gate soaring over the iconic red towers as you make your way toward downtown San Francisco. Fly past Fisherman’s Wharf Pier 39 and the skyscrapers of the Financial District
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz
"Meet your personal epicurean concierge (aka guide) in front of the historic Ferry Building Marketplace. It's a San Francisco landmark with its iconic 245-foot (75-m) clock tower. Built in the late 1800s the ferry terminal was renovated in 2003 transforming the concourse into the foodie haven that it is today. Local food purveyors and artisans peddle their wares inside and outside the building — one-stop shopping for anyone looking to experience a taste of San Francisco.Learn more about Boccalone's house-cured fennel salame and freshly made mortadella Acme Bread's fresh loaves and Miette Patisserie's delicate French macarons. Want more? Indulge in a cup of chili from the American Eatery and satisfy your sweet tooth with handmade chocolates from Recchiuti. If you’re visiting during one of the weekly farmers’ markets don’t be surprised if your guide points out some of the city’s revered chefs shopping for fresh produce to include on their menus.After you satiate your appetite
From $130.00
San Francisco Love Tour
"San Francisco Sightseeing Tours aims to provide an enthusiastic and authentic way to get-to-know San Francisco. Hitch a ride for an experience that mixes both our love for modern day living and our memories of San Francisco in days gone by. Our 1970’s Vo complete with neon blue seats beaded curtains and shag carpets foster a Hippie vibe that celebrates Peace Love Freedom & Adventure. You will see breath-taking marvels such as the Golden Gate Bridge Lombard Street China Town The Castro and so much more.Travel down unique streets where other busses are forbidden. Visit the homes of San Francisco’s counter-culture icons such as The Grateful Dead
From $48.00

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Pleasant Limo from SFO to San Francisco hotel

We needed transportation with 2 infant car seats to and from the airport. Pleasant Limo was a great choice. They were prompt, professional and friendly. The infant seats were clean and sturdy. One trip was in a Cadillac SUV, the other in a Lincoln Towncar.

Mar 17, 2011

Taxi to the Airport

We've done the "Taxi" experience twice during our visits to SF. Both of our taxi rides were due to it being just too rainy and miserable outside. A taxi from the airport ran us $52 including tip which is reasonable to me.

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Feb 07, 2011

Taxis in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most taxi-friendly places I have visited in a while. Probably because the city is so compact, there seems to always be a taxi nearby.

Taxis in the city can be legally hailed almost anywhere on the streets, but if you are shy hotels might be a little easier place to grab a cab. If the light is on, the taxi is available, you just need to get the driver's attention.

Fares start at $3.10 for the first 1/5th of a mile and each additional 1/5th of a mile is another $0.45. A minute stopped waiting or in traffic is another $0.45, and there is a $2.00 airport fee. Furthermore, passengers are required to pay tolls.

San Francisco has more than 30 licensed cab companies, most of them OK, but a few like Grasshopper Taxi are a little sketchy.

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May 30, 2008

Diamond Limousines

We booked Diamond Limousines to pick us up at the Oakland Airport and drop us off at the Fisherman's Wharf Marriott in San Francisco. The same on our way back to the Oakland Airport. Very good service, friendly and on time. I believe the price was around $94 one way.

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Oct 08, 2006
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Taxis are fairly plentiful in the downtown area, but not as much as in New York or a city like Buenos Aires (they were EVERYWERE there!). If you need a cab, try hailing one down and if you don't have any luck, head to the nearest major hotel and they're likely to be lined up. The fare is metered and starts at $1.70. It moves pretty quickly, so this isn't necessarily your best option. We rode a cab one night because we had something like 10 minutes to meet some friends across town and it was really the only way to be on time.

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Jul 04, 2004

Car Hire at Fisherman's Wharf

We stayed in the Fisherman's Wharf area, & wanted to hire a car for a day, to go across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County and Mount Tamalpais. We used the Avis office at 500 Beach Street, Suite 120, which was very close to our hotel. Tip - check time that their office closes. Top quality car & good service.

Dec 01, 2003


There's loads of taxi's all over the downtown area. I didn't take a taxi from SFO to downtown, but I was told it's $45.

The fares in general didn't seem to be too expensive, but they do expect big tips. One driver got pissed at me cuz I gave him $11 for a $8.25 fare. After that I was tipping at least 33% and they all seemed ok with it .

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Feb 03, 2003

Fly into either San Francisco...

Fly into either San Francisco Intl. SFO or Oakland. Oakland is sometimes, and I stress sometimes, cheaper, less crowded, shorter lines and if someone is picking you up, they will appreciate the lack of traffic.
S.F. has this thing called MUNI. It's the public transportation system,ie, busses, trolley cars and underground trains. It's an amazing thing. Never seem to be on time, the drivers are rarely friendly and have a habit of slamming on the brakes when you are standing and narrowly avoiding cars that clearly have the right of way.
It's less expensive than a cab and will eventually get to where you need to go but I would opt for a cab given the money.

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Sep 12, 2002

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"Bagdad by the Bay"
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"San Francisco - My Favorie City - By Default"
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"San Francisco - "It's a free-for-all up there!""
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"SFO ... a declassé love letter to the CITY"
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"San Francisco: Why this heart never leaves"
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Motorcycles. Forgot the taxis...

Motorcycles. Forgot the taxis and airports shuttles: Too practical, cheap and safe. The real beauty of SF and the Bay Area is the roads meant for motorcyclists.
Rent a motorcycle from Dubbelju(pronounce 'W'), Eagleriders, San Jose BMW, Cruise America... It'll cost you a pretty penny at $100+/day after insurance and taxes.

There are many sites dedicated to scenic motorcycle rides so I won't repeat any of them here. Avoid main freeways during rush hour and stay on the backroads or roads along the ocean or bay is my best advice. Amazing views you will see not unlike those in Costa Rica.

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Aug 26, 2002

If you can afford it taxis...

If you can afford it taxis are best. Buses are great but be prepared for getting lost a few times. Not to panic though, the bus drivers are always extremely helpful and considerate. And certainly don't rule out walking as much as possible, it's one of the most pleasant things you'll do.

Aug 26, 2002


I often wondered where they park these large monsters.....its such a problem to park your normal car in S.F.C. let alone these Limo's

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Feb 09, 2005

San Francisco Limousine Service.

This is a limo that I spotted in an intersection of San Francisco .
Just one of the many ways to get around the City of San Francisco

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Sep 16, 2004

Things to Do Near San Francisco

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Barbary Coast Trail

The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking 3.8 mile trail using 170 bronze medallions and arrows embedded into the sidewalks connecting 20 historic sites. The southern end of the Barbary Coast Trail begins...
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Fort Mason

Many people pass by the low water landscaped west side of the Fort Mason grounds, where there is also a wonderful expanse of lawn and great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here there are two (at...
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Crissy Field

The Former Airfield of the Presidio is now a mixed use area for the public now, Crissy Field is anchored by Marina Green on the east side, and Fort Point on the West. The park is home to a multitude...
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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

I was skeptical. Not much of an indoor explorer. But, I truly wanted to say that I had been to Ripley's in San Fran so we got the ticket and went for an adventure. I was not disappointed. It is one...
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49 Mile Drive

In 1938, The San Francisco Downtown Association created the 49 Mile Scenic Drive to highlight the city's beauty and to promote it as a business and tourist destination, so the route began at City...
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Market Street

What Street has given both history and Modernity in San Francisco than Market Street? Market Street is the back bone of San Francisco. To walk the length of the street is to travel throughout time and...
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