FLYING INTO SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 39 international destinations on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects nonstop with 77 cities in the U.S. on 13 domestic airlines. Located just 14 miles south of the city, it is directly connected to downtown San Francisco via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
Additional airport option: Oakland International Airport (OAK)
If you are staying for more than one day, Visitor Passports and CityPASS are useful because they provide unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars, and cable cars. There are multiple locations throughout the city where you may purchase tickets and day passes.
- Single Ride Muni Bus/train $2.25
- Single Ride Cable Car Ticket $7.00
- 1-Day Visitor Passport $17.00
- 3-Day Visitor Passport $26.00
- 7-Day Visitor Passport $35.00
- Adult CityPASS $94.00
- Children ages 5-11 CityPASS $69.00
- BART costs vary by distance
- Ride Sharing (like Uber and Lyft) is typically under $15 for most trips around the city
- Taxi Cabs are typically under $20 for most trips around the city
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system is the fast, easy, inexpensive way to travel around the Bay Area. BART’s all electric trains travel to/from Pittsburgh/Bay Point, Richmond, Dublin/Pleasanton, Fremont and Oakland International Airport in the East Bay. BART costs are associated with how far stations are; the further away, the higher the fare price. At each machine in the station, there are price charts displaying costs to and from stations. Buy your ticket, pass through the gates by slipping your ticket through, and get to the boarding areas. Do not worry if you run out of funds when you exit; you can always add more inside the station.
You can use this BART tool to navigate which stations are closest to your destinations. Please keep in mind that all BART services close at Midnight and resume at 4:00 am on weekdays, 6:00 am on Saturdays, and 8:00 pm on Sundays.
BART transportation steps to-and-from Palace Hotel
- Take blue line airport train from any terminal to International Terminal G
- Follow signs for BART
- Purchase ticket from machine
- You are going to the New Montgomery Street stop
- One way is $8.95 and round trip is $17.90
- It is about 30 minute ride to the New Montgomery Street stop
- Exit the train and take escalator up
- As you exit the turnstile, walk straight ahead and bear to your left to exit B1 and take escalator up and out to street
- The hotel side entrance is immediately on your left
- RETURN TRIP- look for platform #1 and take the train that is going to SFO (video screen will inform you of its arrival time)
San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark. The cable cars are the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, in the U.S. sense of a tramway, whose cars are pulled along by cables embedded in the street. The cable cars are located downtown and run on three lines; Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California St. The F-Line Street Car runs up and down Market St. all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. To ride on the cable cars you may pay the conductor on board or purchase tickets at multiple locations.
San Francisco is well situated for ferry service, and several lines offer a scenic, practical way to venture out from the City. The most popular tourist destinations are Alcatraz and Sausalito. Additional ferries are available to Alameda, Oakland, Angel Island, Tiburon, Larkspur, and Vallejo.
Alcatraz: Advance reservations are required. Ferries are operated for the National Park Service under contract with Hornblower. Be sure to board at Pier 33 (not Pier 41 or the Ferry Building)
Sausalito: Service is available from the Ferry Building (Golden Gate Ferry) and Pier 41 (Blue & Gold Fleet). This world-renowned ferry route is one of the most scenic in the world, with views of the SF skyline, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate.
Please Note- Golden Gate Ferry and San Francisco Bay Ferry are public transit services. They take Clipper cards and usually provide transfer discounts with other services (Muni, etc.). Blue & Gold Fleet is a private ferry operator.
Downloadable San Francisco City Guide – generously provided by Dr. Arun B. Sharma