About San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most attractive cities in the US. Founded by the Spanish colonists in the 18-century, the city of fog and rolling hills is situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay. California's fourth-most populous city is also famously multicultural, a major tourist attraction - some of the iconic landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz Island and Chinatown - and an economic hub, is the home to several Fortune 500 companies. Blessed with immense natural wealth and packing a host of entertainment options, San Francisco is a Californian gem.

Public Transport System

San Francisco has a variety of commuting options:BARTBay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is the fastest way to move around the city. You need to buy a BART card or a Clipper card (all-in-one transit card) to travel.MuniThe SF Municipal Railway (Muni) network comprises bus lines, trolley bus, light rail, cable car, and streetcar for the city and county of SF. To buy tickets, you need to download MuniMobile app or the Clipper Card. More details at www.smfta.com.FerrySan Francisco Bay Ferry operates from Pier 41 and the Ferry Building to Oakland/Alameda and Alcatraz Cruises operates ferries to Alcatraz every 30 minutes. Other ferry operators include Golden Gate Ferry which operates services between San Francisco and Marin County ($11.75) and the Soltrans (Ferry Building and Vallejo).TaxiSome of the taxi cab services include DeSoto Cab, Green Cab, Luxor, and Yellow Cab.CarsharingGetaround and Zipcar are two of the prominent carsharing options in SF.CyclingFord GoBike is SF's public bike sharing service (fordgobike.com).TrainCaltrain operates services from depot 4th and King Street, SF, to Palo Alto and San Jose.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness: High, Efficiency: High

Mode & Cost of Transports

BART
Adult: $1.95 (one-way fare within SF)
Children under 4: Free

Muni
Adult: $2.50 (single ride)
Children under 4: Free
Cable car rides cost $7 per ride

San Francisco Bay Ferry
Adult: $6.60

Taxi
Fares start at $3.50

Cycling
Single ride: $2/trip
Vehicle Pass: $10/day.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 3.00
Cup of Coffee USD 4.00
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.00
Rice/Kg USD 5.00
White Bread USD 4.00
Eggs (12) USD 3.00
Combo Meal USD 8.00
Fine Dining USD 80.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 2.00
Domestic Beer USD 2.00
Imported Beer USD 6.00
Bottle of Wine USD 8.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 10.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 2.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 3.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 3363.00

Do(s)

  • Do explore the less touristy food options. There are loads of them in SF.
  • Do take the cable car on J-Church line for stunning views of the bay.
  • Do pack a jacket and sweater as the weather can be capricious in SF.
  • Do shop at Hayes Valley for the cheap and great collection.
  • Do walk across the Golden Gate Bridge once, because this will be the memory of a lifetime, especially during the sunset.
  • Do wear good shoes and go walking.
     

Don’t(s)

  • Don’t forget to tip at restaurants, because not tipping is frowned upon here. 
  • Don’t ignore the street signs ever when it comes to hills. Ignoring them means that you will end up on twisty roads.
  • Don’t Take tour bus across the golden gate, walk.
  • Don’t hesitate to walk up hills, it’s exciting
  • Don’t spend a lot of money you cab look for some freebies.

Night Life

San Francisco has a rocking nightlife. The city's trendy collection of nightclubs, bars, and lounges are certain to guarantee you a good time. 
For all-night revelry, look no further than DNA Lounge, Monarch, Cat Club, OMG, Audio, The Great Northern and Temple. Beer aficionados can gulp down huge quantities of their favorite brew at Specs, Toronado, Zeitgeist, Biergarten. But if want to have a drink over a relaxed conversation, then try Lush Lounge, Club Deluxe, Cityscape Bar and Lounge, Smuggler's Cove, and Redwood Room. After a tiring day at work, the city comes alive with life when the sun sets and the popular spots with their lively ambiance, party atmosphere and unique gender expression help with it a lot.
 

Must See

  • Satiate your appetite for artworks by visiting the Legion of Honour fine arts museum.
  • Where there's a beach, there's sun and fun. Head to Baker Beach and chill out.
  • Spend time in quiet contemplation at the exquisite Japanese Tea Garden. 
  • Asian Art Museum has great pieces of art from Asia, must visit if you are an art connoisseur. 
  • Coit Tower is an SF landmark and definitely worth a visit.

Experiences

  • Napa Valley is home to the famed California wines and offers spectacular views.
  • Aquarium of the Bay is part of Pier 39 entertainment complex. Full of incredible marine creatures, it's an ideal place for families.
  • San Francisco Zoo has a huge collection of animals, including endangered ones. Spend time with friends and families here. The children love it in here.
  • Marin Headlands is a place of great natural beauty which is a wonderful place for hiking and camping.
  • Explore the life and the magical creations of Walt Disney at the Walt Disney Museum.

Activities

Crissy Field East Beach
Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129
Distance From City Center
6.2 km
California Grand Casino
Casino
5988 Pacheco Blvd, Pacheco, CA 94553
Distance From City Center
50 km
Bay 101
Casino
1788 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95112
Distance From City Center
72.8 km
Golden Gate Park Golf Course
Golf
970 47th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
Distance From City Center
8.9 km
California Golf Club of San Francisco
Golf
844 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Distance From City Center
22 km
TPC Harding Park
Golf
99 Harding Rd, San Francisco
Distance From City Center
18 km
Ocean Beach
Beach
San Francisco, California
Distance From City Center
9 km
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Safari
US-101, San Francisco, CA 94019
Distance From City Center
21 km
Lincoln Park Golf Course
Golf
300 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
Distance From City Center
8 km
Graton Resort and Casino
Casino
288 Golf Course Dr W, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Distance From City Center
80 km
San Pablo Lytton Casino
Casino
13255 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806
Distance From City Center
30 km
Marshall's Beach
Beach
San Francisco, CA 94129
Distance From City Center
8.8 km
China Beach
Beach
San Francisco, CA 94121
Distance From City Center
8 km
Baker Beach
Beach
San Francisco, CA, USA
Distance From City Center
10.2 km
San Francisco Zoo
Zoo
Sloat Blvd & Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94132
Distance From City Center
19 km

Shopping

Antiquario
Antique Markets
1645 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Distance From City Center
550 m
Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Antique Markets
3800 Main St, Alameda, CA 94501
Distance From City Center
24 km
Big Daddy's Antiques
Antique Markets
Antique Markets at 1550 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Distance From City Center
2.6 km
Stuff
Antique Markets
150 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Distance From City Center
600 m
Berkeley Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
1937 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
Distance From City Center
19.5 km
Inner Sunset Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Irving St between 9th, 10th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Distance From City Center
5 km
Richmond Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
716 W Gertrude Ave, Richmond, CA 94801
Distance From City Center
34 km
SF Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
1166 Shafter Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
Distance From City Center
8.1 km
The San Jose Flea Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
1590 Berryessa Rd, San Jose, CA 95133
Distance From City Center
76 km
Jing Ying Gift Shop
Handicrafts and Souviners
757 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108
Distance From City Center
3.7 km
Mixcoatl Handicrafts & Jewelry
Handicrafts and Souviners
3201 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Distance From City Center
2.5 km
San Francisco
Handicrafts and Souviners
39 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94133
Distance From City Center
6.1 km
San Francisco Mercantile
Handicrafts and Souviners
1698 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Distance From City Center
2.8 km
The Bay Company
Handicrafts and Souviners
496 Jefferson St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Distance From City Center
4.4 km
Embarcadero Center
Shopping Malls
San Francisco, CA 94111
Distance From City Center
3 km
Japan Center
Shopping Malls
1737 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Distance From City Center
2.1 km
Metreon
Shopping Malls
135 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Distance From City Center
2 km
Stonestown Galleria
Shopping Malls
3251 20th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
Distance From City Center
14 km
Westfield San Francisco Centre
Shopping Malls
Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Distance From City Center
1.8 km
  • Golden Gate Bridge model kit
  • Macaron Box
  •  Grocery Tote
  • North Beach candle
  • Local clothing from San Franpsycho
  • True SF
  • Dandelion Chocolate
  •  Fortune cookies from Chinatown
  •  Buy a book from City Lights Booksellers.

Official Language

English

Other Language

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Spoken Language

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Currency

US Dollar (USD)

Population

0.88 (Millions)

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Weather

Few Clouds 22.59°C

TimeZone

07:45 AM (GMT -07:00)

 

Ambulance

911

 

Police

911

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)

Airport Name / IATA Code

San Francisco International Airport - SFO

Airport Name / IATA Code

Oakland International Airport - OAK

Best time to visit

April, May, June, September, October, November - In April to June, the weather is great and the tourism blooms. In September to November or the early spring, the weather is warm and fewer crowds compared to summer makes it a great time to visit.

Moderate time to visit

March, July, August - In March, the tourism season just starts but the weather is mild. San Fransisco is foggy and damp during these months and packed with tourists even though it's summer.

Worst time to visit

December, January, February - Rain drenches the city during these months. Though December can also be fun as it a festive month.

Taxi

Start Tariff: USD 3.50

1 Km. Tariff: USD 1.90

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: USD 33.00

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