San Francisco Transportation

San Francisco TransportationCar
Getting a rental car in a San Francisco is not a very good idea. For one thing, the parking in the town is nearly non-existent. Where visitors are fortunate enough to find parking, they will have to pay a lot for it. If drivers are lucky enough to find a metered spot, they will have to feed it religiously. The parking enforcement officers in town are like sharks. Driving in the city is a nightmare. The roads downtown are mostly one-way and difficult to navigate. Traffic is horrible in the city, even by California’s notoriously bad standards. Then there is the fact that the city’s roads are almost all windy and hilly, which makes this a city with one of the highest accident rates in the world. Travelers who can avoid renting a car should do so.

Cable Cars
Although driving in the city is not pleasant, luckily San Francisco has one of the best public transit systems in the country. The cable cars are the most famous example. They run in the tourist areas, and they are a lot of fun to ride. However, they can get very busy, especially on weekends.

Muni Metro
The San Francisco Muni Metro is a combination of light rail and subway lines that will get passengers around most of San Francisco. They system covers all of downtown as well as most of the southern and western neighborhoods of the city. Passengers on the Muni Metro trains should try to to buy a ticket from a vending machine at the station before boarding. Alternately, they can purchase a ticket from the driver when they board.

Muni also runs a bus system that covers the areas of the city that the Metro train lines do not reach. These are the least efficient method of public transportation in the city due to the notoriously slow driving conditions in the city. Expect buses to be running about 30 minutes late on a good day.

San Francisco is very hilly, so walkers are in for quite a workout. It is really only practical to walk for travelers who will be staying in one neighborhood for the day. Walking far distances in the city will wear out even the fittest people.

Biking is very popular in San Francisco. There are many bike rental shops found all over the city. The biking is not easy due to the hills, but the city itself is pretty small geographically. Most of the city is contained within a square with seven-mile sides, so fit bike riders can make the trip across town fairly quickly.