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Public Transit Tips

Public Transit Tips

POSTED BY Scott Mattoon on February 24, 2010

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has seven stop within San Francisco, bisecting the heart of the city. Any one-way trip within city limits costs $1.75. For destinations in SF you will generally not wait more than 10 minutes, 5 during peak hours.

BART has good options for mobile access to schedules:
or point your wireless device to

Bikes are allowed on BART, with some restrictions.


San Francisco's bus system is called Muni. It stops within two blocks of almost every address with the 49 square mile city limits. One-way fare is $2.00, with free transfer to connecting buses in the same direction.

For easy access to routes and schedules check - it will tell you when the next bus will arrive at the station near you. On your mobile browser, bookmark these bus stops for real time "next bus" feeds, which pick up just outside the conference venue:
8X-Bayshore IN to Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach, and Pier 39
8X-Bayhshore OUT to Potrero Hill and Bernal Heights
30-Stockton OUT to Financial District, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Marina district
30-Stockton IN to CalTrain, and AT&T Ballpark
45-Union OUT to Cow Hollow, Pacific Heights, and The Presidio
76-Marin to The Tenderloin, Marina, Golden Gate bridge, and across teh bridge to the Marin Headlands

Translink Payment

If you expect to stay awhile or visit the San Francisco Bay Area on a frequent basis, you can streamline your transit experience with Translink. This is a unified smart card prepaid fare system, which makes paying fare easy on many Bay Area transit systems, including BART and Muni.

Order your card online and have it shipped to you before DrupalCon.


Buy a MUNI Pass!

If you plan to take ANY rides on MUNI -- bus, streetcar, or (especially) cable car -- more than once, by all means buy a MUNI pass.

I believe they come in 1, 3, and 7 day versions - but I could be wrong on that.

But, when you hop on a cable car, it will run you $5/pop -- and you're probably going to want to hop on more than once or twice...

Other options

If you intend to stay a few more days before or after the conference, and straddle the weekly pass periods, the monthly pass is a really good deal. At last year's Web 2.0 Expo I think I paid a bit less than $40 for the whole month, including cable cars (of course).

Another option (the one I'm using) is to rent a bike. As an avid cyclist I recommend this shop (have used it for three years straight and ended up buying an off-season bike form them), with one caveat: if you need a pro bike, the Columbus street bike shop has the best bike, but staff quality varies a lot, from friendly and knowledgeable to downright arrogant and disagreeable. Their main shop for street bikes is a few streets West towards the beach and has consistently great and cheerful staff:

Other options include: (Bike & Roll) and for hybrids

if you bring your own bike and need repairs: and (awesome place, you can bring your bike inside and walk the store with it; they have premium equipment and cheap prices; it is at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge; across the bridge is cyclist heaven: Marin Headlands)


Louis-Eric Simard