…the tech ridesharing transport mecca, can be pretty damn confusing. I’ve lived here for 8 years and am constantly learning and evolving my commuting techniques, as well as trying to find the cheapest way to get around. I’ll list out some options below, while saving the best for last.
#1 Ride a bike
I ride my bike to work everyday. The city is working on making bike commuting safer, but it definitely can be pretty sketchy sharing some of the roads with cars. There are plenty of bike paths in the city and you can either rent a bike from the tourist spots, or utilize the city bike share program and pick them up and drop them off in designated areas.
#2 MUNI Bus/Rail
I used to use this a lot, before Uber and Lyft came into the picture. I can assure you it’s the best way to see all of the characters of SF in the shortest amount of time. Each MUNI experience is unique and I personally love it. You can find a map of the system here, and can purchase a pass at the front of the train/bus when you get on for exact change. It is $2.75 effective July 1, 2017 ($2.50 before that). You can find a Map here, and the apps I prefer for live updates on the “good story creators” are Routesy for Apple and Quicky for Android.
#3 Uber and Lyft
If you want to spark conversation in SF, ask someone which they prefer and why. You will get a whole plethora of theories and reasoning. I personally just open both and accept whichever is cheaper or not surging at the time. Since both of these companies are based in SF, they have cars minutes away from any corner. Just select your destination and a driver will pick you up and drop you off for a very reasonable fare. If you are new to the app, here is a link for Uber and Lyft. If you use that link you will get your first ride free, and I will get a free ride as well which I promise I will either use for getting to work if I am running late, or rushing to the park to burn my thighs on those scarce sunny days.
#4 On command electric scooters
Need I say more? My new favorite of them all is Scoot. If you want something that makes the travel feel like the fun part, then this is the way to go. It makes you feel like less of a has-been, and more like the super moto driver you always dreamed of. ( I say this after I just taught my mom to ride one in 3 minutes time. Don’t ruin my high though, they are fun for everyone.)
Built for commuting San Francisco, these scoots are parked all over the city and with the touch of your phone screen you can check one out, ride it to where you want to go, and then leave it there for good. Perfect for touring the city on a nice day, or dropping yourself off at an infamous SF boozy brunch. You can just ditch it and have one less worry, like your car getting towed because you had to leave it overnight.
All in all these are the fundamentals of getting around San Francisco. Enjoy your your time there, and feel free to get lost in any of the many districts because they all have something unique to offer.