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How to Get from San Francisco Airport to Downtown

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Whenever you visit a new city, it can be daunting to try and immediately make your way from the busy airport into the main downtown area where you are staying. Thankfully, Free Tours by Foot San Francisco has put together this easy-to-use guide to show you exactly how to get from San Francisco Airport to downtown San Francisco.

We’ve also taken note of the many passengers trying to reach downtown San Francisco from Oakland International Airport. Our goal is to help travelers from all over the world find their way, so you can also expect to find a guide for visitors coming from Oakland as well. Although there are plenty of ways to get downtown, we’ll give you our suggestions and expert advice on the easiest ways.

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A Travel Guide for San Francisco on a Budget

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As visitors know, San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities in the country. But locals know that there are many ways to explore and enjoy this amazing city without paying the full “tourist price.” To make your trip easier, we have put together a guide, written by San Francisco locals, that shares the secrets to make your travel fun and exciting, without spending a fortune!

You also might want to check out our “3 day budget itinerary” for people who want to go to the best museums and attractions in San Francisco without paying full price.

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How to Ride BART in San Francisco

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One of the easiest ways to get around the San Francisco Bay Area is by using the subway system, called BART (short for Bay Area Rapid Transit). The BART system is mostly used to get from the eastern part of San Francisco Bay and the suburbs of San Francisco into downtown SF. But people often find it difficult to use unfamiliar subway systems. So we have put together a guide on how to use BART for a first-time visitor to San Francisco.

 

 

Step 1: Find Your Closest BART Station

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What is the Weather in San Francisco in April?

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San Francisco Weather April Flowers

April is a great time to explore San Francisco! We’ve finally reached the end of the wet season, and we can expect to see a lot more sun. The average high temperature will be around 63 F (17 C). On a few of the warmer afternoons you may expect temperatures to reach at least 75 F (24 C). However, like other Mediterranean climates, late nights and early mornings will be a bit cooler, with temperatures dropping to 50 F (10 C).

What to wear in San Francisco during April

Layers, layers, layers! The weather can range from cool to warm, depending on the day and where you are in the City. Wind may also be a factor. Jeans and sweaters are standard clothing in San Francisco. For a bit more warmth, you can add a light jacket, will feel nice for the cooler and windy areas. For warmer days, or if you’re taking a trip up to Napa and Sonoma wine country where it’s warmer, you don’t need to wear quite as much. But as always, don’t forget to pack some comfortable walking shoes.

Do I Need an Umbrella in San Francisco in April?

April showers may bring May flowers in other parts of the US, but not in San Francisco. We may have one or two quick showers during the month, but for the most part, we’re out of the wet season. You’re much more likely to experience windy days than rainy days in April in San Francisco. So you can use the space in your luggage for a light scarf instead of an umbrella.

Check our our New Tour: San Francisco in One Day!

We are excited to announce that we have just launched our San Francisco in One Day walking tour! This tour takes you through all the best neighborhoods of San Francisco:

  • The oldest buildings in San Francisco
  • Backstreets and hidden alleys of Chinatown
  • Sunken Gold Rush-era ships buried underneath the city
  • Nob Hill mansions of the 1800s
  • The biggest cathedral in the city
  • Modern skyscrapers of Downtown San Francisco

Other April Activities: Flowers!

Some interesting events this month include the Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s in Union Square. The 50th celebration of Cherry Blossom Festival has many free activities from April 8-16 around Japantown. Celebrate Earth Day with the Earth Day San Francisco Street Fest. And of course, you must also check out a couple of our walking tours to really experience what this city has to offer.

More Fun Things to Do in April

Five San Francisco Travel Tips from Game of Thrones

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The Sixth Season of Game of Thrones is approaching, and we here at Free Tours by Foot are eagerly awaiting it! So we decided to put together a few San Francisco travel tips for your upcoming trip to San Francisco. Enjoy the suggestions from the Starks, Lannisters, and other great characters!

1. Be Prepared for Cold Weather at Any Time of Year

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Top 10 Things to do in San Francisco

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San Francisco is one of the greatest cities in the world to visit. We have hundreds of great activities (and walking tours!) and you can spend months visiting this city without repeating anything. With only a few days in the city, your biggest problem will be choosing which of these great activities to visit! That’s why we created our list of the Top 10 things to do in San Francisco.

Whether you’ve been to the city before or if this is your first time, if you get through our entire top 10 list, we can guarantee that you will have had a real San Francisco experience!

Note: You can get great discounts on many of these activities by purchasing a San Francisco Citypass or a Go San Francisco Card.To help decide which pass will save you more money, check out our tourist pass comparison page.

1. Golden Gate Bridge

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Visiting San Francisco on a Budget

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Visiting San Francisco on a Budget Bay Lights

If you have read many of our posts on this site, you can pretty easily tell that our San Francisco walking tour guides think that San Francisco is the greatest city in the world. However, we also recognize that it is not a cheap city to visit! (Heck, you don’t have to tell us, we have to pay rent here!) That’s why we have put together this guide on visiting San Francisco on a budget. In this guide, we will show you all of the best things to do for people visiting San Francisco on a budget. Our San Francisco walking tour guides have visited each of these places and eaten at all the restaurants here, so we can vouch for everything on here.

Note: If you are coming to San Francisco on a budget, you should check out our page on the SF City Pass and GoSF cards. These cards offer great discounts on experiences, museums, and other adventures. We also put together a Three day itinerary for people who want to use the GoSF card.

Visiting San Francisco on a Budget

Day 1: The Waterfront

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Top 10 San Francisco Photography Locations

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“God took the beauty of the Bay of Naples, the Valley of the Nile, the Swiss Alps, the Hudson River Valley, rolled them into one and made San Francisco Bay.” If Fiorello LaGuardia, the famed mayor of New York City, and from a family of Italian immigrants, could say this about San Francisco, who are we to disagree! Everybody who has visited San Francisco knows that this is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With soaring hills, expansive bridges and an incredible waterfront, everywhere you turn has more great photography locations. But with so many different locations, how can you make sure you get all the best views (and the best pictures)?

Well, never fear, readers. We have put together a list of the 10 best photography locations in and around San Francisco for your picture-taking pleasure.

10. Chinatown

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Silicon Valley Tour for Technology Lovers

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Although we consider San Francisco to be the greatest city in the world, we also (reluctantly) admit that there are other places people should visit if they are on vacation here. One of the best day trips in the area is to take a Silicon Valley Tour. Silicon Valley contains an incredible number of companies that made amazing innovations in the region that have completely changed the world.

Stop 1 – Hackbright Academy

683 Sutter Street, San Francisco

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How to Get from San Francisco Airport to Downtown

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Whenever you visit a new city, it can be daunting trying to immediately get from the busy airport into the main downtown area where you are staying. That’s why Free Tours by Foot San Francisco has put together this easy-to-use guide on exactly how to get from San Francisco Airport to downtown San Francisco. And although there are plenty of ways to get there, we’ll give you our suggestions and expert advice on the easiest ways.

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