What You Need To Know About Visiting San Francisco What You Need To Know About Visiting San Francisco

San Francisco is a city in the state of California, and it is estimated to be the fourth most populated city of the state. Home to over 7.2 million people, the city of San Francisco is a part of the San Francisco Bay metropolitan area. The city is nicely located right at the very tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Golden Gate to its north, the San Francisco Bay to its East and the Pacific Ocean to the west of the city. Known as the "Golden City by the Bay", San Francisco is definitely a great place to visit.

Arriving

You could get a flight to either the San Francisco International Airport, or the Oakland airport. From the San Francisco International Airport, taking a cab would take around 20 minutes to reach the city and it should cost somewhere around $20. As for Oakland Airport, taking the cab could cost twice as much. If you are budget savvy, you could board the Bay Area Rapid Transit train from both places to get to the city, cheaper and faster.

Traveling Around

You do not really have to worry about transportation as there are abundance of them in the city. If you are planning to walk, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for steep hills. Among the modes of transportation are the likes of Segways, ferries, rickshaws, electric Muni buses, trolley cars, light rail, and the BART subway system. If you are in the city, dial 511 to access information on its public transportation systems.

You could opt to hire a car instead, but keep in mind that finding parking spots could be very difficult. Even if you are able to get parking, expect to pay a lot for it. If you are thinking about cabs, it is best to directly call for one, as that is what most people do in the city. 

Other Things You Should Know

When it comes to dining in restaurants, be prepared to tip at least 15% to 20% as it is expected, even if you are not happy with the service. If you need your internet connection, there are plenty of places around the city that you could get free Wi-Fi. While you might imagine San Francisco to be a city of sun, sand and beaches, be wary that its weather varies radically from one neighborhood to another. So be prepared to bring sweater no matter where you are going, as it could be warm at a place, and cold at another! 

by Dino
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References taken from living in San Francisco and other various sources.
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