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Life Hack: Budget Traveler's Guide to Public Transport in SF


Here is a list of budget-friendly transportation to help you roam the busy streets and hi-ways of San Francisco.

1. BUS
 
Transportation is never a problem when traveling in San Francisco. Buses are one option. Transportation fare via buses is $2. Below is a list of suburban bus services with their corresponding operators and the numbers to call. Note that these bus services terminate at Transbay terminal.
 
2. CABLE CAR
 
Another famous transportation in San Francisco is the Cable Car. The one-way ride usually costs $5. Locals and tourists are normally seen lined-up waiting for their ride. Terminals at Powell Street and Fisherman’s Wharf usually have long queues, but if you want a shorter one, try the California Street Cable Car. 
 
3. HISTORIC TRAMS
 
Historic trams are another public transportation vehicle that you can use when in San Francisco. It runs from Fisherman’s Wharf along Embarcadero from Market Street to Castro District. Transportation fare for historic trams is usually $2 one-way.
 
4. MUNI METRO

Operated by the San Francisco Municipal railway, this transportation option in California is a light rail system. It is considered to be the 3rd busiest light rail transportation system in the United States. A one-way fare for Muni metro is $2. 
 
5. SUBURBAN TRAIN
 
This transportation service is best if you don’t have a car especially if you are visiting the Silicon Valley. It runs between San Francisco and San Jose.
 
6. BART 
 
Bay Area Rapid Transit or more commonly known as BART is another transportation system locals and tourists alike can use when in San Francisco. It is the quickest route to get to the Bay Area. BART extends to San Francisco International Airport, Berkeley, Oakland and East Bay. Transportation fare via BART depends on the distance traveled. Fare ranges from $1.75 to $8.10 for a one-way ride
 
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