San Francisco Transport Guide

Here are the best ways to get around San Francisco:


There are several bus transit agencies that service the San Francisco area. These different lines overlap and, in most cases, their primary function is to connect passengers across the Muni Transit system. You may need to transfer from one bus to another, which is free for 90 minutes after you purchase your ticket. You can also board buses with a reloadable Clipper smartcard, which is also valid for travel on AC Transit, BART, CalTrain, Golden Gate Transit, Muni, SamTrans, and VTA services, or a visitor day pass. A Visitor Passport can be purchased for 1, 3, or 7 consecutive days of unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars, and cable cars.

Cable car

You’re in San Francisco, so naturally a cable car ride is a must. There are 3 cable car lines: the Powell-Hyde Line, the Powell-Mason Line and the California Line. Exact change for your cable car fare is appreciated, but the conductors can make change for up to US$20. Clipper cash and monthly passes are also accepted on cable cars. Seating on cable cars is very limited, so grab hold of the outer railing and hang on tight.


Public ferry services cross the bay to serve both commuters and leisure travellers. Operators include Golden Gate Transit, Blue and Gold Fleet, and Red & White Fleet. Hornblower Cruises provides services to Alcatraz Island.

Hire car

San Francisco isn’t the worst place in the world to hire a car; aside from some steep streets driving in the city isn’t too much of a nightmare. There are plenty reputable of car hire agencies located at both the airport and centrally in the city. You must have a valid driver’s license and credit card and be at least 21 years old to hire a car.


All San Francisco taxicabs have specific identification. Do not hire a cab that does not have ‘San Francisco Taxicab’ clearly written on the vehicle. The most reliable taxi stands are the ones where drivers can find fares quickly: hotels, tourist destinations and transit hubs. If you are centrally located, you will be able to get a cab easily by simply hailing one down or calling a reputable company and making a booking.