Public transportation

To start with... some things you should know...


Public transportation in San Francisco includes:


MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway).

This SF city and county system consists of the buses (54 lines), trolley buses (17 lines), light rails (J, K, L, M, N lines), cable cars (3 lines) and one Street Car (F-Market).


The MUNI is connected to other service companies that reach suburban cities around the Bay : 




MUNI - SF Municipal Railway


Different websites to know...


SFMTA - Municipal Transportation Agency

Provides a lot of information like changes of rules, traffic cuts...

MUNI routes can be found as well, which is the best way to go from a place to another using MUNI resources. 


SFTravel -

A good source of information. But it is not always properly updated, regarding the fares for instance.


Everything about fares and passes. Fares


In short, MUNI consists in buses, subway and trolleys in the city.

2$ for a ride. It is worth for an hour and a half and you can switch from one to another MUNI mean.



Its main flaw... does not reach North of Golden gate Park areas.


511 - 

A website, but primarily a number to call. 

Everything you need to know about bus, trains, ferries...

Super convenient!! You can easily take a look at it on your Iphone.

You know right away the time you have left to run after the next Muni! Quite reliable from personal experience.


BART  Subways San Francisco


BART map to discover how it does serve the whole Bay Area. 

BART's website. Planners, routes, schedules and fares.

Unlike MUNI (offering a fixed fare), BART fares are based on the ride distance. Can be quite expensive in the end.

Pros: the parking system and bikes racks. Really helpful and environmental friendly.



Caltrain map. 

Here is another train reaching suburbs, starting from ‘’4th/King Street’’ station. Most Caltrain users work or live south Bay and Peninsula until San Jose. Fares are based on the ride distance as well.






SAMTRANS (Sam Mateo County Transit District)


To East Bay…

AC TRANSIT (Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District)


Northward and to Marin County …

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.





You can check on


Otherwise, below are different ferries companies websites. Ferries are not only for tourists. A lot of people use them for their daily commute.