"Public Transportation" Transportation Options / Issues Tip by AngelRed

San Francisco's public transportation is wonderful, and pretty easy to use. Almost all of the major bus stops have a full map of the city with the bus routes and times, and the buses run very frequently.
There are a handful of streetcars that run down Market Street from the Castro to the Fisherman's wharf. They are great for short jaunts, but they don't run as frequently as the buses, and they are just plain slow.
Muni, the subway, is just as good, just as frequent, and the stations are all located in the areas you'll want to go.
Rides are $1 for the buses, streetcars, or Muni, and you get a 90 minute transfer ticket. I find it very useful to stop by the local Safeway and buy a weekly pass for $9. The pass is good on Muni and all the buses, and it knocks $1 off the $2 cost for cable cars.

However, it has been my experience, 100% of the time so far, that the cable car conductors don't charge you that extra $1. Maybe they assume you're not an annoying tourist if you have a pass? I don't know, and I don't really question it.

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  • Written Jul 13, 2003
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