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Most locals just call it the City, when it's clear from context that you are talking about the local area. You could say: "I'm staying at a nice hotel in the City". This will be understood to mean "within the San Francisco city limits." (Incidentally, this is a smaller region than most outsiders might guess). In writing, capitalization is optional. ...


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The natives called the San Francisco Bay area Ramaytush Awaste.


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The only real limitations are the meters themselves, some of which are active at unlikely times: read them carefully the posted signs about street-cleaning and such, so look for those signs and read them too -- the more obscure the rule, the more vigorously enforced it will be, so if the sign says "No parking 9am - 10am on the third Thursday of the ...


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I've actually hitchhiked tens of thousands of miles across North America, and while I haven't done any in the past few years (so things may have changed a little) I think it's certainly possible to do this in under two weeks. I've gone from Massachusetts to California in six days, for instance. What I don't have is any experience hitchhiking as a woman, so ...


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You can drive, take a cab, there are buses, trains, probably even helicopters, but what most people use and which is designated for travellers going downtown is the BART. You have to cross the airport in the mini train shuttle (it comes every few minutes) to access the BART station. Once you get there, the price for a one-way ticket is 8.65USD to go ...


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I hate to tell you this, but when I ran your dates on Hotels.com, the places for $200/night in San Francisco proper double as homeless shelters and bottom-end hot-sheet motels. The cheapest I would book—I live in the area—was $350, and even it isn't very nice. You will have to check many sites looking for one with a special deal, and check the ...


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For a domestic arrival and transit, your baggage would be checked through to your final destination anyway, and it is not a concern. For an international arrival and transit, which I believe is what you are concerned with, you will claim your baggage, walk it through Customs, and then follow the Connecting Flights sign to the baggage drop immediately ...


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I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and usually people just refer to San Francisco as San Francisco. I lived in the East Bay Area, and someone would say something like Let's go get dinner in the City and this would mean that you are going to San Francisco. However, I feel that it would be better to say San Francisco when you are in San ...


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If you are willing to pay a small fee daily you can leave your car at the Milbrea, Ashby, or North Berkeley BART stations, which all have parking lots, and then take the BART into the city from there. Which one to choose depends on the direction you will be driving in from / out to.


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Some additional tips: Permit zones generally have 2-hour parking for everyone without a permit. Make sure you do not block a driveway. In many parts of the city, you will find streets where the houses are tightly spaced and have garages. Between the driveways you may see a space that looks almost large enough for your car. Do not be fooled! If your car ...


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Yes. You can take the Fremont–Daly City line from the Montgomery Street Station to the Oakland Coliseum Station. From the Oakland Coliseum Station you can take the Coliseum-Oakland Airport line to the airport. BART map:


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If most of your meetings are in Santa Clara, why would you stay 50 miles away in San Francisco? There are plenty of cheaper options in the South Bay, where Santa Clara is. Why not stay in Santa Clara? Although there is an NFL game there on Sep 14 (Monday night). I'd actually recommend San Jose. There's an airport there. There are plenty of hotels there. ...


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The map online is incorrect; the station stop is actually located at 794 Howard Street, near Jillian's and the Target Guest Pickup sign. There is an "Amtrak Bus Stop" sign on a light pole about 1foot wide by 2ft tall.


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You can enter the US at any point, unless there is an annotation on your visa stating that you must enter at a specific port of entry. Keep in mind that your purpose for entering the US must be consistent with the purposes allowed by the type of visa you have. If you enter for a purpose not allowed by the visa type (e.g. to take employment when you have a ...


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If you end up parking downtown, double and triple check to make sure you didn't park in a tow-away zone. If there's a sign anywhere on your side the block that says tow-away, even all the way on the other corner, be prepared to run back to your car or find a different spot. Streets like Geary have red topped meters, making it quite hard to overlook. Other ...


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The difference in the price and time is pretty substantial. Taking the bus will cost you around 40$ to 50$ according to Busbud while a flight can cost anywhere between $100 and 250$ for a one-way ticket according to Google flights. A flight will take roughly an hour and a half (plus the time for getting to the airport, going through security and leaving ...


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This is the "Relative Ease of Hitchhiking Each State of America" from Hitchwiki. I will presume you are not an experienced hitchiker so you'd want to avoid the red areas. Now Montreal is not on this map but it seems you will have problems in Ohio-Indiana-Illionis or if you get further south the Kansas-Oklahoma. This ...


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Yes, the day passes include all of Muni busses, from tripadvisor: Muni offers 1, 3, and 7 day "Visitor Passports" which allow the user to ride all forms of Muni transportation, including the Cable Cars, the modern and historic (F-line) streetcars, the various diesel and electric (trolley) buses for a single flat rate and from SFMTA: A Visitor ...


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Rome2Rio suggests various options including public transport, taking a taxi, and driving. All in all the hassle-free option would be the taxi. Rome2Rio quotes approximately 30USD for the journey. It's a bit steep, but you're talking about ~13km. If not you can always rent a car and travel at your own schedule. I doubt that will be cheaper than 60USD though ...


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It is too late now, but since you mention several countries you might have been able to change the Consulate you needed to apply to by breaking from the group briefly. You have not provided specific details and presumably never will but perhaps one extra day in a country other than Italy at the expense of a day in Italy would have been enough to make that ...


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That is a good question, how governments tax international flights. They all tax a flight which departs or arrive in an airport of their country. So flying from Ireland to escape taxes is not illegal, since it would be the Ireland taxes that apply to your flight. However, these sales taxes make a little part of the "fees and taxes" that often take a large ...


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Another option, intermediate between BART and taxi, are shared-ride shuttles. These are companies that operate large vans. You board the van at the airport along with several other random travelers who are going to the same general vicinity as you. The van driver chooses an efficient route to drop everyone off at their destination in sequence. You get ...


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Best advice for street parking might be: don't! - SF has something of a car break-in epidemic, especially in the tourist areas, which includes Union Square and surrounds. Typical article: "Car break-ins are epidemic in San Francisco" If it's only a day or so, then a parking garage near Union Square won't break the bank - but do check to ensure that they ...


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If you have a smartphone, you may want to get a SF-specific parking app (see e.g. http://sfpark.org/how-it-works/applications/ or search the app store). SF makes quite a bit of detailed parking data available, and I hear the apps are super-useful.


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Yelp is good for this - reviews on there (well aside from the usual angry people) indicate that in person the whole process takes 10-20 minutes: The lady at the front was very helpful as well. We were done with the whole process in less than 10 minutes! The whole process took less than 15 minutes. He was very knowledgeable and guided me ...


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There are numerous self storage facilities in that area, check out the yellow pages or do online searches. Many have outdoor parking available at reasonable rates ($50 to $100 per month). Some have covered parking as well at a higher rate. They are mostly month to month rentals, no long term contracts, automatic billing to your credit card each month ...


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Having lived in the city for six years, I believe parking around Union Square is hard but not the worst, thanks to there being several large garages. There's one right under Union Square, https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/parking/parking-garages/union-square-garage. The daily rate of $36 is better than a parking ticket or a break in while street parking. ...


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I know you've indicated that you only want to street park, but have you considered parking garages? They're not that expensive (especially in the evenings), and many are multi-level buildings, so there will be plenty of room. Here's a site that will give you the cost to park at basically every parking lot/garage in SF, given an entry and exit time. ...


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Motel 6 in Santa Clara is about $100/night. Public transportation would only make sense if your destinations are reachable by public transport. If not you may need a rental car or take an Uber.



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