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All set for your dream vacation? Here’s a toolkit that will ensure that you have a hassle-free travel experience. Following this toolkit will also aggrandize your travel experience.
Travel Documents: Ensure passport condition and validity. Check entry & exit requirements for the destination country. Acquire all the required visas.
Travel Luggage Limits: Hand to hand luggage during travel is recommended. The less you carry the less you spend (extra luggage fees).
Travel Awareness: Gather all the latest information on your destination. It saves your time once you land to your dream place.
Travel Insurance: Say yes to travel insurance. Always prefer to buy travel and medical insurance before flying to your dreamland.
Travel Do’s & Don’ts: Ensure what are the stuffs you can carry and travel.
Travel Fresh & Active: Go through the travel health notices of the destination and garner tips for staying fit and healthy during travel.
Travel with Pets: Contact the respective embassy of the destination if you want your beloved pet to accompany you in your travel.
Travel Safe & Secure: Ensure safety rules and precautions to make your flight safe and secure.
Emergency Support: Save the emergency contact numbers of the embassy and consulates of the destination.
Information about San Francisco
Nearby Tourist Cities
- Napa Valley
- Chula Vista,
- Los Angeles
- San Jose
- San Francisco
- Santa Ana
- San Bernardino
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
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
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
- Copa Airlines
- Emirates Airlines
- British Airways
- United Airlines
- Virgin Airlines
- Horizon Air
- Frontier Airlines
- American Airlines
- KLM Airlines
- Jet-Blue Airlines
- Caribbean Airlines
- Avianca Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Air Canada
- Sun Country Airlines
- Lufthansa Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- US Airways
- Air France
- Airtran Airways
- Arik Air
- Tam Airlines
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