Getting around SF (walk, bus, train??)

Old Jan 27th, 2002, 11:56 AM
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Getting around SF (walk, bus, train??)

We're staying at the COmfort Inn at Van Ness and Lombard. Mapquest says that Pier 39 is 1.26 miles away, which isn't a bad walk, unless it is rainy and cold.

What options do we have in case of bad weather? Where can I find info about taxis, busses, etc?

What would the locals recommend?
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 12:35 PM
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We stayed at the Lombard Motor Inn just down the block for the Comfort Inn. We took the bus everywhere! We got a pass that you showed everytime you got on the bus. If memory serves it was also good for the cable car. We got a bus map for $2.00 at one of the cable car turnarounds. (Can't remember the street but I think it was Hyde). The map was indispensable. All in all the buses were a good way to go.
I did walk from Pier 39 and had no problem. But it is obviously very hilly, so if you aren't in good shape consider yourself forewarned!
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 12:54 PM
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Really, if you start at Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, you can keep walking right to Ghirdelli (SIC) Square and the Cannery. We caught a bus from there. Not a bad walk.
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 03:35 PM
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Good to know- thanks for the advice!
Old Jan 27th, 2002, 08:46 PM
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Old Jan 27th, 2002, 09:25 PM
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At you can download a beautiful map (it's the same as the $2.00 one) - not only is it a fabulous street map, all lines are on it - trolleys, buses, cable cars, etc. What looks like "not a bad walk" on Mapquest gives no indication of the very, very steep streets! Public transportation in SF is not only efficient, most of the time, it's great fun.

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