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Public Transit in San Francisco

San Franciscans know that the smart way to travel in this bustling city is to use transit. Why? There are 469,484 cars, motorcycles and trucks registered in San Francisco and  only 334,625 city-managed parking spaces!**  You do the math – on any given day there are more than 130,000 cars looking for parking!  Avoid the hassle and expense of parking and tickets -- when in San Francisco, do what the locals do -- use public transit.  It’s the clean and green way to see the sights.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) are two major public transit agencies in SF. See our Guide to riding BART & MUNI for more information!


** California Department of Motor Vehicles (2006), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Recommended Trips

Take MUNI BUS 22 from 16th Street BART station to the end of the MUNI line at Fillmore and Marina. Walk along the Marina Green into the Presidio. You will see Crissy Field Center to your Right after entering the Presidio. The Tennessee Hollow Self guided walk begins at the Marsh to your right just after the East beach Parking Lot

At 270 acres, Tennessee Hollow is the Presidio’s largest watershed (download a map of Self Guided Tour). Its spring-fed tributaries once provided a year-round fresh water source for native people and colonial settlers. Though mainly hidden today beneath roadways and storm drains, the flow of the creek persists, providing an oasis for wildlife. Tennessee Hollow is framed by historic Presidio neighborhoods, and its forests, trails, and playing fields welcome the community. It provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience an entire watershed – from springs to San Francisco Bay – in just an afternoon hike.

Read more about the history of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed

British artist Andy Goldsworthy has earned international recognition for works that are both in and about nature. He is known for ephemeral art-pieces that decay, melt, or wash away. In 2006, Goldsworthy visited the Presidio and was inspired by the history and character of its forest, planted more than 100 years ago by the Army. The aging cypress and pine trees are now in gradual decline. Each year, the Presidio Trust replants two to three acres, staggering the effort to create an unevenaged forest that can be more easily sustained. Goldsworthy saw an opportunity to create a sculpture with the felled mature trees. In October 2008, he spent fourteen days at the Presidio overseeing the construction of Spire. The sculpture, located along the Bay Area Ridge Trail, is comprised of 35 cypress trees removed as this beloved forest grove is gradually replanted. From its 15-foot diameter, Spire rises over 90 feet into the air, and encourages visitors to experience it from different perspectives, both far and near. Spire tells the story of the forest, celebrates its history and natural rhythms, and welcomes the next generation of trees. It is a poetic reference to the forest's past; as young trees grow up to meet the sculpture, it will eventually disappear into the forest. Hundreds have already made a visit to Spire, or have discovered it by happy coincidence during a hike.

To experience Spire for yourself, Click Here

The Asian Art Museum, a gem of San Francisco culture, is one of the largest museums in the world devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its collection spans all major traditions of Asian Art and culture from the past 6,000 years and seven major Asian regions. Explore the samurai culture of ancient Japan, discover the treasures of the Himalayas, or take refuge from the bustling streets of San Francisco amidst the artifacts of an ancient Indian Buddhist temple.

Take MUNI to the Asian Art Museum:

From downtown (Market St. and Powell St.), take the Muni J, Muni K, Muni L, Muni 5, or Muni 21. From the Powell St. underground station, take the Muni J, K, or L Outbound and get off at the Civic Center Station. Walk one block southwest to Larkin St., and then one block north to the museum.

Or, catch the 5 towards Fulton St. and 8th Ave. or towards Cabrillo/La Playa/Ocean Beach at the north corner of Market St. and Powell St. Get off at the northwest corner of McAllister St. and Larkin St. Walk half a block south to the museum.

Or, catch the 21 towards Fulton St. and 8th Ave. at the north corner of Market St. and Powell St. Get off at Market St. and Hyde St. Walk one block west on Grove St. and half a block north on Larkin St.

Each journey will take about 10 minutes total and cost $2.00.

Learn more about the Asian Art Museum at www.asianart.org.

For more information contact the San Francisco Municipal Railway at 415-673-MUNI (6864) or visit www.sfmta.com or www.sfcablecar.com

San Francisco’s cable cars were named a National Historic Landmark in 1964 by the US Interior Department’s National Park Service. The historic cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. There are currently 40 cars in service: 28 “single-enders” serve the Powell Street routes and 12 “double-enders” serve the California Street route. The cables pull up to 26 cars at a time on weekdays. The cars have a capacity of carrying more than 60 people, and over 7.5 million passengers ride these cars each year. Tickets may be purchased at the cable car turnarounds at the ends of each route ($5 each way).

Experience the wild Presidio in a new way. Presidio Habitats is a site-based art exhibition celebrating Presidio nature and wildlife. It began with an invitation to an international group of artists, architects, and designers to submit a proposal for a temporary habitat sculpture serving a Presidio "animal client." From 25 submissions, eleven were selected to be created in the landscape. The projects—diverse in their approach, material, and purpose—are featured along trails, paths, and roadways around the Presidio's Fort Scott District. Organized by the For-Site Foundation in partnership with the Presidio Trust. Learn more. Visit using transit, bike or take the trails….. http://www.presidio.gov/experiences/