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Quick Facts


  • • Inhabitants: 751,682 (6,6 million in the nine-county Bay Area).
  • • Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (GMT-8).


San Francisco is a compact city (49 square miles) known for its microclimates that change from one neighborhood to the next.
  • Temperate Marine climate
  • Summer: 60 to 70°F / 21°C
  • Winter: 50°F / 10°C


  • • International guests: Need a valid passport and a return ticket for a 3-month maximum stay.
  • • Visas: The Department of State provides notices and procedures for non- and immigrants visas.
  • • Customs: Meat, cheese, plants, fruits or illegal drugs are not allowed in the country.
  • Insurance

  • • Travel insurance is highly recommended for emergency care, accidents and luggage.
  • • Reminder: Medical care is widely accessible but expensive in the United States.


Chronicle: SF's daily newspaper
CA Tourism: A state Web site portal
Culture CA: An arts resource


MUNI Official Website: City map with bus lines

Learn about San Francisco

California Historical Society
Virtual Museum of San Francisco