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Tourist Info


  • • Banks and post offices close on Sundays and national holidays.
  • • The legal age to purchase and consume alcohol is 21: Photo ID required.
  • • Law prohibits smoking in public buildings such as restaurants, theatres and shops.
  • • Voltage is 110: Adapter / converters are available in travel stores.


  • • Be alert in major cities and look at a map to plan your directions in advance.
  • • Keep your passport and wallet safe as you explore the city.


  • • Banks open: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm.
  • • Taxes: 8.5% Never included in prices.
  • • Tips: Restaurants: 15-20% of total; Bars: $1/drink; Taxi: $3 intra-city, 15% other (e.g. airport).


  • • San Francisco has several means of transportation: Buses, Underground, Streetcars and the cable car, so it is easy to get around.
  • • Driving is difficult and parking is both limited and expensive.
  • • HI-Fisherman's Wharf hostel offers the best option for parking if you arrive by car.

Explore the city

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Bay Area Traveler: Guide for each San Francisco Neighborhood.
SF Station: San Francisco events, activities & attractions.
SF Gov: Official website of the San Francisco government.
Bay Area Rapid Transit: Maps, schedules and trip planner.
SF Muni: Bus, light rail and streetcars; Lines, fees and maps available.
GGB Transportation district: Regional bus

Public Transportation Guide provides quick routes to popular spots PDF file\, 2 pp