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Public Transportation

How to Explore San Francisco

Getting around San Francisco is easy when you follow this guide! Visitors to San Francisco often find using public transportation as the best option 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 is a famous San Francisco city icon! With a little preparation, you can easily get around without having to worry about parking or other issues that come along with having a car.

To begin with, BART and Muni are the city's two most well know and 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.

BART offers service to places outside San Francisco across the water into Oakland, the East Bay, and south to Warm Springs/ South Fremont.

Muni or, Municipal Railway, is the way to go once you're inside San Francisco's city limits making shorter more local travel stops. 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 numerous 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!

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