Commuting: The Best Way to Get Around San Francisco

Commuting: The Best Way to Get Around San Francisco

 
For a city as densely populated and beautiful as San Francisco, it’s natural for streets to get congested due to the volume of people rushing to the exciting events and interesting attractions that the place has to offer. 
 
The steep roads, curvy pathways, and hidden alleys add to the unique personality of San Fran, but they are inadvertently part of the reason why driving around and finding a parking space can get agitating. 
 
On the upside, the tight spaces cut the distance from one cool hangout to another, which makes walking an ideal way to introduce yourself to the city. But if you want to know San Francisco more, you must first get acquainted with its public transportation.

Muni
The San Francisco Municipal Railway, or Muni, operates trains, buses, cable cars, and the heritage streetcars that trace the veins of the county. 
 
There are various ways to avail of the rides, including fare cards and passes. One popular option is the Clipper card—a reloadable contactless smartcard that you can use in paying the fare for modes of transport under major transit lines like Muni.

There are passes designed for tourists as well, which you’ll find useful and convenient if you plan a full day around visiting Golden City sights. 
 
The Visitor Pass lets you have unlimited Muni rides for one to seven days, depending on the package you purchase. On the other hand, the CityPASS gives the same benefit plus an admission ticket to certain points of interest like Aquarium of the Bay and the California Academy of Sciences.

Once you have a smartcard or pass in hand, you can now get in any of these:
 
  • Buses
Muni buses are spacious and come equipped with racks, ramps, and overhead bins, making them ideal for traveling around with something bulky in tow, such as a bike, wheelchair, luggage, pet carrier, or baby stroller.
 
  • Trains
The light rail runs on six metro lines. Know which line passes through your destination and whether it stops at an underground or above-ground station because paying methods vary on some stops.
 
  • Cable cars
Your San Francisco experience will not be complete without riding one of the famous cable cars. These historical rail cars operate on three lines that stop near the Cable Car Museum, an interesting place to add to your itinerary.
 
  • Streetcars
Another must-experience in San Francisco is riding the heritage streetcars, which are well-preserved trolleys used a long time ago in several cities around the world. The streetcar is also a nice way of enjoying the sceneries around the city.

To keep updated about traffic situations and to efficiently plan your commute, get 511.org apps on your mobile devices. The site is your one-stop online source for everything road-travel-related when in the City by the Bay.

BART
BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit, a low-cost rail system that serves the San Francisco Bay Area and its surrounding counties. 
 
It has stations located near major airports like SFO and OAK, so it would likely be the first public transit you’ll take to enter SF, as well as your gateway to exploring the nearby states.

BART prides itself on being a convenient option for exploring the sights in the Bay Area because of its speed and the proximity of its stations to major tourist spots. With a loaded Clipper card, you can hop off at Union Square, Museum of Modern Art, or Asian Art Museum any day.

Another awesome thing about BART is that it lets you in on the most “BARTable” happenings in town. By signing up on their events page, you’d get a chance to win discounts from some local establishments and get alerts about the hippest events that you can access through a BART ride.

 
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