San Francisco Public Transportation
Explore Our City
Visitors to San Francisco often find using public transportation is much easier when it comes to navigating the city's steep, one-way streets and trying to find parking. That's not much of a surprise, considering that our cable car system has long been a city icon! With a little advance preparation, you can easily get around without having to worry about parking or any other issues that come with having to look after your own car.
To begin with, BART and Muni are the city's two most widespread transportation services. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is good for rides from San Fran's airports into downtown and other regional trips. To take a BART trip, you'll need to purchase a BART ticket from one of the vending machines located at any station. Hold on to yours after buying - you can re-use them and add more value, down to small change, during your visit.
While BART offers service to places as far as Richmond and Pittsburg, once you're inside San Francisco's city limits, Municipal Railway, or Muni, is the way to go. With seven above-ground light rail lines, plus a number of trolley and bus routes, virtually all of the city is accessible by these services. The simplest way to take care of bus fares is to get a 1, 3 or 7-day Visitor Passport upon arrival. These can be purchased at several locations around San Fran. Use 511.org and Next Muni for specific route information. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency also offers a taxi service in addition to these options.
Ride sharing is a third way to get around San Francisco - in fact, Uber and Lyft, the two most popular ride sharing companies, both have headquarters here! Ride sharing uses smartphone apps to partner drivers and customers for a more relaxed and cheaper alternative to regular taxis. Because Muni service is known to become unreliable, especially at peak hours, these can be especially useful if you're pressed for time or need to make an important trip.
Don't worry about getting around during your stay at The Metro Hotel: San Francisco's many ways to travel will keep you covered. We look forward to greeting you here!