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San Francisco

San Francisco International Airport is located 22 kilometers south of the city center on the west side of the Bay. From there, the easiest way to get to the city is by so-called shuttle vans, the airport bus, by taxi or by rental car. For the onward journey to the other side of the bay, we recommend a bus-BART combined ticket. Oakland International Airport is eight miles south of downtown Oakland. Shuttle buses run from the airport to the Oakland Coliseum BART station and other destinations in the city. San Jose International Airport at the southern end of the bay is a few miles north of downtown San Jose, a little over an hour's drive from San Francisco. A free shuttle bus connects the airport with a tram to downtown San Jose. The easiest way to get to San Francisco from San Jose is on the CalTrain trains (80 minutes travel time).

San Francisco's compact downtown area is very easy to explore on foot. If this becomes too strenuous in the long run, an efficient public transport network is available. MUNI (Municipal Transit Agency), the main urban transport company, operates almost 100 bus routes (many of them electric trolleybuses), trams and the famous cable carriages. BART operates a convenient and affordable subway network between San Francisco and the other side of the bay. Ferries have also been seen a little more frequently in recent years. They operate between Fisherman's Wharf or the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero and Alameda, Oakland, Sausalito, Tiburon and the islands in the bay.

You can hardly do anything with a car in downtown San Francisco. Difficult orientation in the bumpy road landscape and the lack of parking spaces are stress factors for man and machine. When traveling to the surrounding area, e.g. to the Wine Country, a car is almost indispensable. Taxis are not easy to come by in San Francisco. Especially at peak times you sometimes have better chances on the phone than whistling or waving someone on the street, but that is not a guarantee either.

Most visitors will turn away with horror at the thought of exploring San Francisco by bike. The traffic is just too dense and the streets too steep. But there are great opportunities for cycling in the Bay Area. In the city center, every last Friday of the month, hundreds (sometimes thousands) of cyclists gather at the end of Market Street near the bay for a bike tour with noisy bells, each time taking a different route to a new destination.