To get around we bought a MUNI 7 day visitor passport for $40. We got it from the airport information desk. This pass is valid on all MUNI buses, cable-cars, street-cars (I'd call them trams) and MUNI Metro lines.
A day passport is $20, a 3 day pass is $31. We soon recouped the cost of this pass by using the cable cars which cost $7 a journey or $20 a day ticket. Buses are a much more reasonable $2.25 a journey; $1 for OAPs.
We were very pleased with the pass as we were on and off transport all the time without needing to buy any further tickets or look for change or anything. The only transport it did not cover was the BART.
Who needs a car? If visiting SF, use the CityPass!
One price, ride as many times, as often as you want.
Public transportation in SF is great. Crowded at times but, clean and goes everywhere.
Runs all night.
The Muni Passport is a travel card that allows you unlimited use on the Muni system for the length of time you purchase it for. The passport comes in 1 day which is sold at the cable car turnaround or on the cable cars, (a full 24 hours), 3 day and 7 day passport good for use on any of the Muni systems (bus, Cable Cars, Streetcars).
The price for a 1-day card is $13, 3-day card is $20 and the 7-day card is $26.
MUNI passports increased on 1/1/10 to $13 for 1 day, $20 for 3 days and $26 for 7 days
On our 1st day in San Francisco we walked most everywhere we needed to go but towards the late afternoon, we needed to go a couple of places quickly so we bought a 3 day MUNI passport for $18 to help us get around. Buses, the F line and cable cars are all included on the MUNI pass, BART is not. We bought our pass at the booth near the start of the Powell Hyde cable car line, they only took cash, other locations do take credit cards. There's also a booth at the airport SFO near the baggage claim that is open from 8am-8pm, you can buy the pass ahead of time as it is validated once you take your 1st ride.
You can also get a 1 day pass for $11 or a 7 day pass for $24 which is what we should have gotten even though we were only there for 5 days, it would have saved us a couple of dollars and the hassle of digging up bus fare.
Cable car rides are $5 with no transfers, if you take a couple of rides you have almost gotten your money's worth out of the 1 day pass.
If you plan on using public transport at least a few times whilst in San Francisco - such as cable cars, Muni streetcars, buses - then the cheapest and most convenient thing to do is to buy a travel pass/multi-day ticket.
In Sep 2008, you could buy the following tickets which entitled you to unlimited travel on cable cars, streetcars and buses
- One day Muni Passport for $11
- Three day Muni Passport for $18
- Seven day Muni Passport for $24
We purchased the three day passport from the Muni kiosk at the Powell Street cable car turnaround. When you are ready to start using it you just have to scratch off the month and consecutive days of travel.
It is so much easier to jump on and off transport without having to buy individual tickets, and we found that we rarely had to show the pass to anyone.
(See website for passes details)
IMO, SF Passport is unnecessary! (Please read my SF Muni tip) Since a single Muni ticket is valid for a full, solid 90 minutes, with unlimited transfers on buses, subway trains and street cars. Unless you're gonna spend more than 90 mins on each attraction, the Passport is a rip-off! Let's see...a 1-Day Passport is $11, and that equals 8 single tickets (at $12) which means you've gotta travel 12 hours a day just to make it worth the money you spend!! Whadda extreme! Btw, it's OK for 3-Day or 7-Day Passport, but make sure you have enough energy (money and passion) to explore the city that extensively :P
After all, I think the Passport is just good for souvenir, but not THAT practical.
There are 7 travel passes in SF:
1) Monthly Pass $45;
2) Weekly Pass $15;
3) All-Day Passport $11;
4) 1-Day MUNI Passport $11;
5) 3-Days MUNI Passport $18;
6) 7-Days MUNI Passport $24.
7) 7-Days City Pass $54 ($39 for kids from 5 to 17y).
PARKING: Pre-paid Parking Meter Card $20 or $50.
1) Monthly Pass is good for 1 month, with a 3-day grace period (which does not apply to BART) into the next month (for example, June pass is good from June 1 through July 3). Valid on all Muni, BART (from Embarcadero to Balboa Park) and cable cars. It can also be purchased online.
2) Weekly Pass is good for one week, from M through Sun. Unlimited use on Muni. There are no senior, disabled youth passes AND you must pay an additional $1 to ride the cable cars. Locations.
3) All-Day passport is sold only on cable cars. Valid for unlimited use on cable cars until midnight of the day sold.
4-5-6) Passport passes offer unlimited rides on MUNI, cable cars & discounts to some attractions.
It`s available at: Market & Powell Streets, Hyde & Beach Streets (near Ghirardelli Sq), Bay & Taylor Streets (near Fisherman's Wharf), Montgomery Station (Mezzanine Level). Also sold daily 8am-8 pm at the info booths in the baggage claim areas at the SF International Airport.
7) City Pass is valid for 7 consecutive days. Offers MUNI, cable car rides, free entrance to 7 tourist attractions (Museum de Young, Legion Of Honor, Exploratorium, Asian Art museum, Aquarium, Bay Cruise, museum of Modern Art). Buy at 7 attractions, Visitor Information Center at Powell & Market Streets, 11 South Van Ness Avenue at Market.
PARKING: Pre-paid parking meter cards can be used in lieu of coins at all city parking meters except port meters.
San Francisco is a wonderful city to enjoy on foot, but there will be times when you want to leap aboard a famous tram, grab a bus, or take the subway. Buying a MUNI San Francisco Passport will make using public transport easy. In 2006 you could buy a 3-day passport for US$18. A one-day passport cost US$11. You just show your passport to the driver when you get on a bus or tram (I can't remember how I used it the one time I caught the subway).
You can buy a MUNI passport at the bottom of Powell Street, where it intersects with Market Street. There was another little booth selling them at the end of the tram lines down the bottom of Taylor and Bay streets and where the Hyde tramline terminates down on the waterfront.
Catching the trams in San Francisco is a must do activity!
Using a weekly or daily pass that you can get around SF at any grocery or convenience store, I was able to get around SF on the underground, some of the cable cars and the buses. The B.A.R.T. is a separate system that you have to buy different fare for. Check out the website for the most up-to-date, accurate info. Once you have the pass, all you need to do is show it to the driver on buses and trams, or insert it in the slot by the turnstiles to get into the station for the subway.
When you get to San Francisco, first thing you should do is to buy a Transit Pass and pick up a map with the bus routes. The pass will allow you to ride the Bus, Trolleys and Cable Cars for free. You can buy 1,3 and 7 day passes. We rode the Cable Cars the first day just to say we did but used the bus the majority of the time. The buses are a great way to get around San Francisco, most of the major lines run all day and night and you don't have to wait very long.
Parking in the touristy area of Pier 39 can be "iffy" at best during the off season, let alone during peak toursit season in the summer. Sill, if you can find a spot in the Pier 39 garage, the link below will provide a coupon for 2 free hours of parking while you wander through the shops and watch the sea lions that have taken over the dock area.
The MUNI Pass is available in 1, 3 or 10 day versions. The passes are $6, $10 and $15 respectively. It enables you to have unlimited travel on all MUNI transportation, buses, streetcars and the famous cable cars. No trip to the city would be complete without a ride on the cable cars....fantastic!!