About San Francisco
Let's have a look around into background of San Francisco
San Francisco is the cultural and the commercial center of Northern California. It has some of the poshest neighbourhood griddled with beautifully landscaped areas. Cable rides also offer a spectacular view of some of the most celebrated cities located amidst the hills.
The city lies in the northern part of California, placed between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay and the urbanized San Francisco Bay lying adjacent to it.
With rumbling cable cars, immaculately painted houses, and the world famous towering orange Golden Gate Bridge with its 746-foot high towers, the beautiful city of San Francisco instantly stands apart. This world-famous bridge in San Francisco is visited by more than 13 million people annually.
From trying the delectable attractions at the public food-market of the Ferry Building to enjoying the laid back friendly residence of the vibrant Castro city and tour of the eye-popping street-art enclave of the electric Mission Street; San Francisco has what it takes to attract people from all over. Explore the world-famous museums, climb the Twin Peaks or saunter through the Golden Gate Park; there is no dearth of activities here in San Francisco.
- County: San Francisco County
- State: California
- Country: United States
- Latitude: 37.775
- Longitude: -122.4183333
- Time zone: America/Los Angeles
- Current time zone offset: UTC/GMT -7 hours
Weather in San Francisco
San Francisco has a warm sunny and a clear sky with moderate temperature all through the year. San Francisco is famous for its multiple microclimates and the infamous fog that doesn’t stay for long.
Summers are when there is an influx of visitors and tourists. Hotels on the bay area fetch higher rates during this season. Hotels near the airport are cheaper however they hardly have any tourist spots nearby and public transport is limited.
Best time to visit is in the fall season is when the climate is particularly warm with balmy weather. The flights to San Francisco are particularly cheaper during this time.
- Climate: Warm Summer Mediterranean Climate
- Best Time to Visit: Spring and in the months from September to November
San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.
Distance from San Francisco center to Airport
There are 3 major airports that are a convenient and easy option for travelers; all within a close distance to each other.
San Francisco Airport, SFO: San Francisco is the largest airport and named among the best airport worldwide in the Skytrax Passenger's award 2014 besides ranking. It serves every major US airline and foreign carriers. The airport is located 13 miles south of San Francisco.
Connectivity: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has the best connectivity in San Francisco. Cab services like Uber and Lyft are also available for a pickup.
Flight to San Francisco
SFO is particularly suited if you were to be headed to the center of the city where public transport is quite commendable.
Oakland International Airport (OAK)
A viable alternative to SFO, this is also equally well connected to the major tourist destinations; especially worth considering if someone is headed downtown. It is more manageable and not inflicted with the infamous SF fog.
Connectivity: OAK has train connector that connects OAK to full BART system. Travel time including interconnection is 35 minutes. There are ample shuttle services connecting SFO from here.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
This is smaller out of the other two but has ample services along the west coast and is acclimatized with a favorable weather. This airport is best suited to travelers headed to the Silicon Valley.
Connectivity: Taxi services are expensive. A trip to San Francisco would easily cost $150 and a shared shuttle about an $80. Parking fee alone can be as high as $50. The area has a more suburban background. Local CalTrain that links SJC to Santa Clara is the easiest alternative.
San Francisco International Airport for commercial service and Oakland International Airport is an alternative for San Francisco’s Primary Airport.
Driving Distance: 13 miles / 21 km
Driving Time: 16 Minutes
Languages: English followed by Spanish, Filipino, and Chinese
Modes of transport
- Airport: San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport.
- Rail: Amtrak, National Rail Passenger System and Caltrain.
- Road: Bus – Muni Buses, Nextbus and Trolley Buses; Taxi – Yellow Cab Co-op
Customs and Tipping
There are several ways to calculate the right tip at different places in San Francisco. While grabbing a take away like Starbucks a tip is optional. A lot of locals resort to an easy calculation of multiplying sales tax by two and paying that amount as a tip; else tip at a restaurant is generally 15% of the bill.
At Gas stations in California where there is hardly any full-service station, it's mostly self-serve so tip is not required. Tip for the porter can be the same as that of a shuttle driver.
It’s common to leave the money underneath the pillow or on the bathroom counter to tip housekeeping. People leave 1-3 dollars depending on if they want to continue staying for the next day and also on any special request. Tip for a bellman is generally $1 a bag.
- For Restaurants and Bars:
- Waitress and Bartender – 10 – 15 % of the Bill.
- For Hotels:
- Room Service: 10 – 15% of the Bill
- Housekeeper: $1 - $2 per Day
- Concierge: Between $5 - $25
- Valet Parking:
- Parking or Returning Car: $1 - $2
Nearby Tourist Cities
- Napa Valley
- Chula Vista,
- Los Angeles
- San Jose
- San Francisco
- Santa Ana
- San Bernardino
Oakland in the west coast is the eighth largest city with one of the busiest port in the US State of California. The total population of Oakland is 419,267 (2015 Census).
- Climate: Warm – Summer Mediterranean Climate
- Best Time to Visit: April to October
- Jack London Square
- Lake Merritt
- Chabot Space and Science Center
Emergency Contact Numbers in San Francisco city
- Fire / Police/ Ambulance: 911
- Railroad: (415) 642-7177
- Cab: +1 415-333-3333 (Yellow Cab Co-op)
- Airport: +1 650-821-8211 (San Francisco International Airport)
- Hospital: +1 415-221-4810 (San Francisco VA Medical Center)
The city ranks high on having the most nightlife options as well as most restaurants per capita. New Year celebration is the special highlight in San Francisco. The Embarcadero Fireworks Show display over the waterfront that lights up the entire night sky and shimmers on the waters of the Bay Bridge looks amazing from the highest point - the Twin Peaks or the Embarcadero.
The lively community here ensures that you’ll find entertainment around every corner during the day and a galore of parties at night, especially at the bay area.
Join the San Francisco Symphony and its posh black and white ball known for the highest possible standard of excellence in musical performance.
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
- San Francisco Pride
- J-Pop Summit
From the fantastic scenery of the redwood trees of the Muir woods to plenty of cruise options and epicurean trips; there is a lot to enjoy while on a trip to San Francisco.
A visit to Chinatown, one of the largest Chinese communities outside China is a unique experience strolling around the ethnic enclave shopping for affordable souvenirs and at herbalist, stores tucked deep in the alleys.
A walk down Lombard Street that runs all the way across town has stunning 8 sharp turns of roadway fringed by colorful flowers on both sides.
Try the 90 minute Bay cruise to the famous Alcatraz that goes right up till the Golden gate bridge, and the waterfront west of Fisherman’s Wharf, and covers the Island Hop on the same day. There are dinner cruises, sunset sails and ferry tours available to explore the most fantastic sceneries of the raven islands.
The Napa Valley's epicurean trip is particularly famous for wine tasting tours with the nice scenery of the vineyards.
- Golden Gate Bridge
- California Academy of Sciences
- Fort Point National Historic Site
- Cable Car ride of the city’s Muni System
- Trip of “The Rock – Alcatraz”
- Golden Gate Park
- Fisherman’s Warf
- 500-year-old trees at the Muir Woods National Park
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
Theatre & Concerts
- Marrakech Magic Theater
- Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
- War Memorial Opera House
Visit Top Restaurants in San Francisco
- Seven Hills
- Kokkari Estiatorio
- Restaurant Gary Danko
Top Shopping Centers in San Francisco
- Ferry Building Marketplace
- Westfield San Francisco Centre
- Boudin at the Wharf
Museums, Galleries and Gardens
- Walt Disney Family Museum
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
- Angel Island State Park
Iconic Delicacies of Iconic Restros
- Spanakotiropita and Kolokithokeftethes – Kokkari Estiatorio
- Black Squid Ink Pasta With Shrimp And Tomatoes – Seven Hills
- Glazed Oysters With Osetra Caviar– Restaurant Gary Danko
Home for San Francisco Giants (Major League Baseball) and San Francisco 49ers (National Football League)
Shelling Out Dollars
- Imported beer: $2.61 / 0.33 liter
- Taxi: $3.50 (base price)
- 3 BHK (Downtown): $ 4,600.19
- Cheap meal: $15.00
- Gasoline: $0.82 / liter
- 3 course meal: $75.00
Popular Domestic Flights
- United Airlines
- KLM Airlines
- Air Canada
- British Airways
- Emirates Airlines
- Virgin Airlines
- Arik Air
- Copa Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- Jet-Blue Airlines
- American Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Caribbean Airlines
- US Airways
- Tam Airlines
- Avianca Airlines
- Horizon Air
- Air France
- Airtran Airways
- Sun Country Airlines
- Lufthansa Airlines
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