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The Bay Area on Transit

The San Francisco Bay Area is blessed with long coastlines, spectacular bridges, and fabulous views. But, if you think about touring around San Francisco and nearby communities on a tour bus, you may be missing out on a lot of the fun: passing through more stops, getting to know the locals, sampling Muni in all its frenzied glory… It’s pretty easy to compare the differences between Tour Bus tickets and multi-day Muni Passes:

Unlimited Rides
(including hop-on, hop-off privileges)
Pass Validity

Coverage Area in San Francisco

Hours of Operation

Tour Narration

Sightseeing Two-Day Pass
$20.99 and up


24 to 48 hours (consecutive)

Major tourist spots only; boundaries include Golden Gate Bridge to the north, Ferry Building to the east, Dolores Park to the south, and Golden Gate Park to the west.
First trip: around 9am
Last trip: around 6pm
Everyday except select holidays

Muni Passes
$14 to $27
(CityPASS for $69)

All consecutive days:
$14: 1 day
$21: 3 days
$27: 7 days
CityPASS: 9 days
Entire Muni network, including buses, cable cars, light rail, and streetcars. Also includes services to Daly City, Treasure Island, and Marin Headlands (Sundays and Holidays)
24 hours a day
Everyday including holidays

None; announcements in English, Chinese, & Spanish

In This Section

The Ultimate Muni Cheat Sheet for Tourists
Navigating through San Francisco using Muni can be difficult, especially when you are only given a map with all the different bus lines that run through the City. I have a simplified version of all that: your favorite and must-see tourist attractions, listed on an easy-to-read table, for your convenience. You might even consider touring beyond San Francisco on a bus and see more sights at your disposal.

The Ultimate Bay Area Cheat Sheet for Tourists
Think that BART and the ferries are the only ways to go around the Bay Area? Think again: there are alternative ways to get to where you want to go from the City, and using them could save you money.