The city of San Francisco is a relatively compact 7 miles by 7 miles, so that means you can get around just fine without owning a car.
In fact, part of the fun of living here is in trying to decipher and master the city’s macramé of public transportation options. Of course, there are the iconic cable cars, ferry boats, Muni buses and subway, BART and one of my favorites, the historic F-line streetcars trolleys.
The F-line runs from Fisherman’s Wharf, along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building and then right on Market Street, past Union Square and out to the Castro and back. A round trip would include 64 stops and notable landmarks such as Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower and City Hall. The vista from these vintage cars is fantastic, and you’ll enjoy the above street level vantage point as you roll along the waterfront and venture through the heart of the city.
The collection of cars is fully restored and come to us from around cities around the world such as Melbourne, Milan, Prague, Boston, Mexico City and Toronto. In fact, they’re often referred to as “museums in motion”. Look for the placard in each vehicle to learn the originating city and each car’s history.
The trolleys can sometimes be overrun with tourists and may seem to move a little slow, but for the $ 2 fare it’s a fun adventure to climb aboard and enjoy a relaxing ride from one corner of town to the other.