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Getting Around San Francisco

The San Francisco Airport is located 14 miles outside the city, and the Oakland Airport is 21 miles outside the city. Public transportation is available from both airports, but there's no direct route from the airport to the pier. You'll need to switch lines (the local F trolley runs up the Embarcadero) or catch a cab once in San Francisco, so you might prefer to book your cruise line's transfer or take a taxi or door-to-door shuttle to minimize hassles.

At SFO, the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal. BART is also easily accessed from any terminal by riding the free Air Train. Trains leave the station every few minutes throughout the entire day. Travel time from the airport to the Embarcadero and other stops in the city is about 35 minutes. From OAK, take the AirBART shuttle between the airport and the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station. Travel time to the Embarcadero station is about 10 minutes.

By far, the cheapest way to reach the city from SFO is by getting on the SamTrans's (San Mateo County Transit District) No. 292 bus, running from about 5:30 a.m. until about midnight. It only costs about $1.75 and takes about an hour. You can bring as much luggage as you want -- you just have to lug it yourself. You'll find the buses at the north end of the lower levels. The route terminates at the Transbay Terminal at Mission and First Streets.

Door-to-door shared ride vans are available at both airports and depart every 15 to 30 minutes round the clock.

Taxis are readily available at the airports at designated taxi zones located outside Baggage Claim at all terminals. From SFO, fares are metered, plus a $2 surcharge. The fare to the cruise terminal will run from $45. There is a surcharge of 150 percent (that's 150%) for destinations 15 miles beyond city limits or the boundaries of the airport. From OAK, taxis cost around $60 - $70. Taxis can be shared and the price divided. A 15-percent tip is customary.

Amtrak does not offer rail service to San Francisco, but does stop in Emeryville, just over the Bay Bridge. A shuttle will take you to the Ferry Building in the Embarcadero. There is no baggage handling for the bus portion, so consider if your luggage is too much to handle.

If you're driving, cruise parking is available at ACE Parking (55 Francisco St.) and City Park (80 Francisco St.). Both garages are a short walk from Pier 35.

All the major rental companies operate in the city (and have desks at the airports) such as Avis, Alamo and Enterprise. Car-rental rates vary with daily rates starting from about $50. Note:  Parking is horrendous in the city, so we suggest renting a car only if you plan on exploring beyond the usual city sights. If you are lucky enough to find street parking, be sure to use the hand brake and curb your wheels when facing downward on a hill&away from the curb when uphill. You'll get a pricey ticket if you don't.

There are distinct neighborhoods (Castro, Fisherman's Wharf, Haight, Chinatown, Mission, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, Union Square, Tenderloin, SoMa). The city's main thoroughfare is Market Street, downtown is east and the Golden Gate Bride is north. A city perfect for walking -- it is fun to wander the hilly streets and even over the Golden Gate. Fact is, you can walk from Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf, passing Chinatown and North Beach on the way, and it will take you about a half hour. Walking is the best way to travel for those not in a rush, and it's the only way to really see the neighborhoods.

The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) runs the cable cars, buses and streetcars. Fares for buses and streetcars are $2, and the cable cars are $5. You'll need exact change. Buses generally run from 6 a.m. - midnight, but there are some routes that offer "Owl" service. The cable cars run from 6:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Streetcars in general run Monday - Friday from 5 a.m. - 12:45 a.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. - 12:45 a.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 12:20 a.m. You might want to consider a Passport, which gives you unlimited rides on all services. It's $11 for one day, $18 for three. You can purchase the pass at the San Francisco Visitor Information Center, the Powell/Market cable car booth, the Sutter and Hyde Streets booth, the Holiday Inn Civic Center and the TIX Bay Area booth in Union Square. BART, which is mainly used for reaching the outlying areas such as Oakland has fares starting at about $1.25. Machines inside the stations dispense tickets. The trains run every 15 minutes or so, Monday - Friday from 4 a.m. - midnight, Saturday from 6 a.m. - midnight and Sunday from 8 a.m. - midnight.

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