511— This is a free mobile and web source for up-tothe-minute transportation information, covering the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Just dial 511 or check the website. www.511.org.
BART— Bay Area Rapid Transit trains serve the city of San Francisco as well as San Francisco and Oakland International airports, Berkeley, Oakland and other Bay Area destinations. Trains run until midnight daily. www.bart.gov. 415.989.2278.
BAY AREA BIKE SHARE— Have you spotted the inviting stations stocked with gleaming, celestecolored bikes dotted around downtown? The program entails 700 (and rising) bikes docked at 70 stations throughout the Bay Area, conveniently located near transit terminals. Simply check out one of the sturdy, adjustable bikes with your credit or debit card, ride to your destination and dock it at a nearby station. Although it targets residents with annual passes, visitors can also take advantage of the bikes with day passes or three-day passes that include unlimited rides of up to 30 minutes. www. bayareabikeshare.com.
BUSES— Golden Gate Transit provides regional fixed-route bus service from San Francisco to Marin and Sonoma counties. AC Transit offers frequent transbay connections to and from San Francisco and the East Bay, as well as service within Oakland, Berkeley and other East Bay cities. Dial 511 and request either Golden Gate Transit or AC Transit. www.511.org.
CABLE CARS— These moving National Historic Landmarks run on three lines 6 am-12:30 am daily: Powell-Hyde (line 60), Powell-Mason (line 59) and California Street (line 61). The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines run between Union Square and
Fisherman’s Wharf; the California car runs between Market Street and Van Ness Ave. $6; Muni Passports and Clipper Cards accepted. www.sfmuni.com. 415.673.6864.
CALTRAIN— Offering commuter rail service along the San Francisco Peninsula, through the South Bay to San Jose and Gilroy. 800.660.4287. www. caltrain.com.
CLIPPER CARD— Available for use on Muni, BART, CalTrain and more, this is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value loaded onto it. www. clippercard.com.
FERRIES— The Golden Gate Ferry fleet offers daily ferries to two Marin County destinations: Sausalito and Larkspur. The Blue and Gold Fleet offers ferry service to Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island, Vallejo and Alameda/Oakland. The East Bay Ferry provides ferries between San Francisco, Alameda and Oakland (with Angel Island added May through October). The Alameda Harbor Bay Ferry offers service strictly between San Francisco and Alameda at rush hours. Bay Link Ferry offers ferries between Vallejo, the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf. www.watertransit.org.
GOLDEN GATE PARK SHUTTLE— Now it’s easier than ever to explore the many different attractions located throughout the 1,017 acres that make up Golden Gate Park. Drive to the free parking at Ocean Beach to catch the shuttle, which runs every 15 to 20 minutes and stops at the Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, National AIDS Memorial Grove, Stow Lake and more. www.golden-gate-park.com. Point Lobos Ave., Great Hwy., Map 2, B5
MUNI— Citywide bus and light-rail service includes the restored, brightly colored F-line streetcars that run from the Castro District to Pier 39 and back. Light-rail trains run above ground on tracks and also below ground to make stops at various destinations on Market Street. Muni Passports, good for unlimited rides for one, three or seven consecutive days, are available at the Visitor Information Center at the BART station on Powell and Market streets. www.sfmuni.com. 415.673.6864.