Getting Around San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Railway, known as Muni, operates a variety of transportation vehicles throughout the city. Many of these serve the Embarcadero area, including a significant number of buses. Also, all six light-rail routes call the Market Street Subway and its Embarcadero Station home. These routes branch out throughout the city to the south, southwest and west.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), a heavy-rail system that runs throughout the Bay Area, has four of its five routes stop at Embarcadero Station, as well. One of those routes heads directly to San Francisco International Airport, while two others stop at the Coliseum/Oakland Airport stop which offers easy access to AirBART buses that take passengers directly to Oakland International Airport.

Above ground, Muni operates historic streetcars on the F Market & Wharves line. The route starts at Fisherman's Wharf to the north before heading along the Embarcadero to Market Street. The streetcars then head down Market Street to its final stop in the Castro neighborhood.

Muni also operates cable cars throughout downtown. One of the three routes starts a block north of Embarcadero Station and travels along California Street for more than a mile to Van Ness Avenue. The other two lines start at Powell and Market Streets and head north. One may also take the California Street cable car to California and Powell Streets and then transfer to one of the other lines.

Three blocks to the southeast of Embarcadero Station is where Greyhound Lines delivers passengers visiting San Francisco. Although Amtrak does not service San Francisco with trains, the company does schedule train service to Emeryville, 10 miles to the northeast in the East Bay, and offer bus service from there to San Francisco. One of the bus stops is the Ferry Building.

A variety of bus systems that primarily operate in other regions of the Bay Area also service the Embarcadero section of San Francisco. AC Transit primarily services the East Bay, SamTrans is based in San Mateo, a city south of San Francisco, and Golden Gate Transit focuses its services north of San Francisco on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Ferry Building is home to a variety of companies that offer ferry service. Travelers may take boats to the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda, Vallejo 30 miles to the northeast and the cities of Larkspur, Sausalito and Tiburon to the north of San Francisco.