Attraction Passes If you're looking for fun things to do with friends, check out San Francisco's top sights and save money by buying combination passes that cover admission to multiple attractions.
San Francisco CityPASS offers a 42 percent savings off the normal cost of individual tickets for several San Francisco attractions. These attractions include The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park; the Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise; a choice between the Aquarium of the Bay or The Walt Disney Family Museum; and the Exploratorium or the San Francisco Zoo.
CityPASS also offers the C3 ticket, designed for shorter stays. Travelers can choose three attractions from a group of nine. The options include all the attractions listed above as well as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bay City Bike rentals and the de Young Museum.
The validity period for each San Francisco CityPASS ticket is 9 consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. C3 tickets must be purchased through CityPASS.com, and CityPASS is available online, at the San Francisco Travel Visitor Information centers at Macy's Union Square (cellar level) and at Moscone Center (749 Howard St.), and from the participating attractions. Phone (888) 330-5008. Note: attraction options may change throughout the year.
The Go San Francisco pass is an all-access pass that allows visitors to save up to 57 percent on admission to nearly 30 Bay Area attractions. There are different passes to suit different numbers of days or attractions to visit. Attractions include The California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Escape From the Rock cruise and a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, as well as other popular activities and sightseeing tours.
The Go San Francisco pass is available online or by calling (800) 887-9103.
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AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
State and county sales taxes total 8.5 percent in San Francisco. A hotel room tax of 15 to 15.5 percent also is levied.
California Pacific Medical Center, (415) 600-6000; Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, (415) 353-6000; St. Mary's Medical Center, (415) 668-1000; Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, (415) 206-8000; University of California San Francisco Medical Center, (415) 476-1000.
749 Howard St San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone:(415)391-2000
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is about 13 miles south near San Bruno off US 101 (Bayshore Freeway); it receives flights from some 50 airlines as well as private charters. Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is about 3 miles northwest of downtown San Jose. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is off I-880 about 10 miles south of downtown Oakland.
Hertz, with locations at the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose airports, offers discounts to AAA members. Phone (650) 624-6600 for the San Francisco airport location, (415) 771-2200 for the outlet at 325 Mason St., (510) 633-4300 for the Oakland airport location, (408) 938-6000 for the San Jose airport location, or (800) 654-3080.
For schedule and fare information phone Amtrak at (800) 872-7245.
Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, departs from Bus Deck Level Three of the Salesforce Transit Center, 425 Mission St.
Taxis in San Francisco are metered, with fares averaging about $3.50 for the first one-fifth mile and 55c for each additional one-fifth mile or minute of waiting time. Either phone for a cab or wait at a hotel taxi stand (hailing one on the street often takes time and persistence). Limousine service ranges from $60-$80 per hour.
San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) provides public transportation consisting of buses, streetcars, light rail, trolley buses and cable cars. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) connects San Francisco with East Bay cities, and passenger ferries link the city with the northern Bay Area.