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One of my favorite things about San Francisco is that I DON”T HAVE TO DRIVE. Yes. No tickets, no parallel parking, no looking for parking space THAT DOESN’T EXIST. I lived in San Francisco for 1.5 years and I got around wonderfully without having to drive. No seriously. This is coming from someone who actually enjoys driving.

San Francisco is roughly only 7 miles wide by 7 miles long. Since the city’s relatively small, public transportation is very convenient if you can deal with a few… special people. Look, I’m not going to sugar coat it for you. You may very well see a man walk around in assless chaps or a 75 year old lady ranting incoherently at nobody. Both… true stories. =) But it’s a wonderful city!

(Image via Kreisler)

Three ways to get around San Francisco:

(image via SF Muni)

1. The MUNI: Technically, there are a few different types of Muni buses. For the sake of not confusing the hell out of you, just know that there’s a light rail, buses, and historic cable cars. You can buy a 7-day Muni pass at the Powell station for $54 (adults). If you know you’ll be using public transportation (PT) a lot, this is a pretty good value considering that if you take the famous Powell cable car it’ll cost $5 one way. On that note, it’s also good to know that you can skip that long ass line at Powell cable car stop if you walk up a block and JUMP ON at the next stop over. HAHA those sucker tourists! Each ride costs $1.50.

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2. The BART: The flaw with the BART is that it doesn’t cover the entire city like the MUNI, but it’s fast. It also will take you outside of SF into Oakland and South Bay. Plus, it’s only $1.40 if you travel within the city, otherwise they charge you from stop to stop. It’s also a great way to get to Berkeley.

3. Taxi: Easy way to get across the city quickly and save time! Cab drivers are normally pretty chatty and will have pleasant conversation with. Plus, cabs in this city aren’t known for driving you around and around in circles just to hike up the meter.

If looking at all the routes made you want to scream, check out the Trip Planner on www.511.org. It combines most of the public transportation systems and figures out the best way for you get there. And, of course, you can always find more information about San Francisco in the WanderRegions section of our site.

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