Let’s put a remix on an old classic:
” If you’re going to San Francisco
You’re gonna see some interesting things
Bring lots of money to San Francisco
And you’ll find lots of transportation treats”
Alright, I should probably keep my day job instead of becoming a song writer, but seriously, if you find yourself on a trip to this coastal city, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at various transport ways you can enjoy.
Let’s start with the most unusual (to me anyways) – The Go Car – this 2 passenger, 3-wheel joy ride is a GPS guided tour. Topping off at 35 miles per hour, this short, squatty number will run off with your $63 per hour rental. At least parking should be easy!
Another type of San Francisco public transport (more like a tourist attraction) are the famous Cable Cars. Invented in 1873 by Andrew Hallidie due to him witnessing a horrific accident involving a carriage of 5 horses, these cable cars are able to carry goods or people on a steep grade of 21%. Not to brag, but it is the oldest manually operated cable car system in the world, which, has only had 3 female operators (due to the demands of physical strength). One way will cost you around $7, or treat yourself to a free admission at the Cable Car Museum, where you can learn more about these neat inventions.
Cable cars are not to be confused with street cars (trams and trolleys). Just so you know, both run on steel rails, but street cars are propelled by electric motors and draw electricity from overhead wire, while cable cars are mechanical.
If you’re like me – a city person, who would rather hang out at the city’s parks, then check out the next form of entertainment San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has to offer. Rent a boat to enjoy a leisurely afternoon, watching the ducks, turtles and passers-by at the Stow Lake. There are various types of boats available, row boats start at $21.50 per hour.
Did you know that there are over 5000 different types of plants at the Golden Gate Park? It is a literally a breath of fresh air.
There is another way to get around Golden Gate Park – the newest invention of moving to and fro – The Segway! Just lean and go, but don’t forget to pay. Various tours around the city and their prices can be found here.
If two wheels and a saddle is what you’re after, spend your money on a good old Bike to make your way around the city. You can rent the public bikes at designated stations or visit a bike tour company to get a custom tour or bicycle. Prices vary from company to company, but public bikes (no helmet, light or lock included) start at $9 for a 24-hour rental fee, with the first 30 minutes free. Additional time will cost you! Start your search here.
The neatest way to see San Fran is, undoubtedly, via the double-decker bus. Yes, they are touristy. Yes, they are pricey. Yes, they are freezing – especially when you’re crossing the infamous bridge, but hey – if you’re only seeing San Francisco for 1.5 days (like we did), you’ll see most of the city and it will be memorable as #@$! Try to get the 2 day Big Bus Package, it includes a free night excursion as well as other freebies. 1 day Big Bus Tour will set you back around $47, 2 days – $60.
Certainly, there are other forms of getting from here to there for both sightseers and locals such as the Muni Metro, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)(takes a little getting used to when purchasing a ticket and fare is based on the distance traveled), Trolleybuses (hello USSR, I’ve missed ya!), as well as ferries, buses, taxis, cars, as well as UBER and LYFT services (which are cheaper than taxis).
As you can note, dear traveler, there are what seem like endless ways of seeing the best of San Francisco. So if you find yourself in this hilly city, walk around and you’re bound to find a way to transport yourself!
So, which of these ways have you enjoyed the most? Which would you like to try? Leave a comment below!
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