Shortcuts: For Tavel to SF, For Urban Trek, Safety Tips, Physical Requirements
Helpful tips for your travel to San Francisco:
Shortcuts: Public Transportation, Food, Places to avoid, Self-guided urban treks
In case your trip to
The cheapest way to get from
When you get to the city,
**The buses/streetcars/Metro trains DO NOT give change so you will need exact fare. The buses/streetcars/Metro accepts both coins and bills. The cable car conductors will give change. The vending machines at the Metro stations accept credit cards and will also give out change up to a certain amount only if you pay cash.
If you intend to take the cable cars and other public transportation often, it might save you money if you purchase a "passport." There are three different passports: 1-day, 3-day, and 7day. Passports can be purchased at the
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In my opinion, it is NOT worth getting the 1-day passport if you will not be taking multiple cable car rides that day. Right now, a 1-day passport is $20.00 and bus fare is $2.25 for adults with 90-minute transfer privilege and only $1.00 for those under 18 years old and seniors 65 years old and older. In my opinion, the only way for the 1-day passport to be worth its price is you take the cable car at least twice in one day ($7 + $7 = $14) PLUS take the bus at least three times 2-hours apart <e.g. 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm> ($2.25 + $2.25 + $2.25 = $6.75). A 7-day passport could be more economical if you will be staying 7 days.
Here's a link to basic fare information: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mfares/basic.htm
Here's a link to passport information: http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/fares-passes/visitor-day-passes
Warning for Muni passport - If you go to a Walgreens to purchase a Muni passport these days, they will usually give you a Clipper Card and charge you $3.00 extra for each one. Therefore, it is better to purchase the paper Muni passport at other locations so you do not have to pay the $3.00 additional fee.
Muni now has a mobile app (MuniMobile) for iPhones & Android phones. You can download the app and purchase (ahead of time) Muni fares that you can use each time you ride the bus, Metro, streetcar or cable car. You need mobile service or WiFi to purchase the fare but you do not need mobile service or WiFi to use the fare when you ride because the fares are stored in your device. You can purchase single fares, 1/3/7 day Muni passports and single cable car fares. For more information and to download the MuniMobile app, click on this link: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/transit/munimobile
Here's a link to the metro map: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mmaps/metromaps.htm
Here's a link to public transportation and road maps: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mmaps/official.htm
You can purchase a full road and public transportation map of San Francisco. Printing the system map online might come out too small to read. You can get a free city map with the public transportation routes at the Visitors Information Center.
If you have a Blackberry, iPhone, or other types of device that have internet access, you can get Muni (San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency) schedule information via this website: http://www.nextmuni.com/
You can also get public transportation departure information, among other things, by calling 511 (when you are in
If you have a phone that has Internet access, you can use 511 Trip Planner for instructions on how to get from one location to another. Here's a link to 511 Trip Planner http://tripplanner.transit.511.org/mtc/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en&itdLPxx_homepage=secondStep
Note: The 511 Trip Planner also has a free app you can use.
1. Here's a link to "Bargain Bites" which will list places to eat that are relatively inexpensive: San Francisco Chronicle's Bargain Bites 2011 List
2. Authentic Chinese food is one of San Francisco's attractions. One must try dim sum when visiting San Francisco. Here's a link to a San Francisco Chronicle article, which will give you almost everything you want to know about dim sum and the best places to have dim sum: "Good things in small packages"
Places to avoid:
Like all urban cities,
If you are aware of your surroundings and do not act like a target you will be safe for the most part. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Do not have a map visible or read a map. It is best to write down directions on a piece of paper instead of reading a map in those areas.
2. Do not have your camera showing in those areas.
3. If you have an expensive mobile/cell phone, it is best not to use it in those areas.
4. Do not show your wallet or money in those areas.
Please note that the warnings apply only when you are in the areas noted above. Most other places tourist visit in
Self-guided - On Your Own Urban Trek 5:
Urban Trek USA had added "On Your Own Urban Trek," which is a self-guided urban trek you can do on your own using the instructions that you can download:
Click on this link to On Your Own Web Page: On Your Own Urban Trek
Click on this link to On Your Own Urban Trek 5 page: On Your Own Urban Trek 5
If you and your companions are into hiking, you might enjoy the On Your Own Urban Trek and do it at your own pace.
The Urban Trek for
What to bring for the Urban Trek:
What to wear for the Urban Trek:
Other helpful tips:
To be able to complete the Urban Trek for