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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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It is always hard to tell about safety because people have very different criteria about safety. Having used the public transportation, buses in particular, in San Francisco, including poorer neighborhoods, I would consider it safe. I am a tall white man though, so the feeling of security might be different. San Francisco buses are the places that show the ...


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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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In 2011, US News and World Report rated San Francisco 13th best in the US for public transit. I agree with Vince that it's pretty safe overall but you might want to avoid certain lines, particularly at night. (But like Vince I'm also a large white guy, so...) Here's a list from 2010 of the top 10 bus lines for reported crime incidents. As a city resident ...


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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 could take the BART (Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line) from SFO to Millbrae and catch the Caltrain from there to San Jose. Here's a BART system map: And a Caltrain system map: The next cheapest option might be a SuperShuttle.


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First of all, arriving at 11:45am and departing at 10:45pm should be an 11-hour layover, which is quite a lot of time. Quite a few of the popular tourist attractions are reachable by BART train without having to transfer. Also Nate already posted the link to the luggage storing information: How much to store luggage at SFO for 24 hours? Popular places to ...


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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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I was there for Google I/O last year and the public transit seemed very safe to me. I used it to visit the touristy places like Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate bridge from the Civic Center/Market St. area. Like the others so far, though, I too am a tall male. I would consider the public transit safer than walking, especially at night in some areas, ...


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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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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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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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I will offer a slightly different opinion. I am a 6'3" and 220lbs+ white male and San Francisco is on the bottom of my favorite places ( I travel an awful lot ) somewhere in line with Amsterdam. In particular, I never felt unsafe on the (trolley) buses I take but the surface area of the 16th and the Powell BART stations make me very uncomfortable especially ...


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These photo shops are generally termed Nostalgia Photography Studios, which sometimes include 'Costumes' in the name. There are literally hundreds and they exist wherever there are tourists, and fun daily activities for children. They go under a number of company names, such as 'Old Time Photo and Costume Co', 'Old Time Photos'. Google will present for you ...


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Every tourist takes a cable car. That's why the fare is triple the standard. (If you are into museums, there is a combined museum transit "City Pass" that may be worth it.) Personally, I like the old streetcars that run up Market Street on the surface to Fisherman's Wharf. Unless you come from the handful of cities with their own historic streetcars (=trams, ...


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Rabbit's Foot Meadery is in Sunnyvale, maybe 40 miles from SF. It has a small tasting room. I'm not really qualified to say whether it's good or not, but I can verify that it was there a couple years ago and it seemed fine to me. According to Google Maps, Heidrun Meadery is at Point Reyes Station about 40 miles in the opposite direction. Apparently there ...


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There are a few obvious driving routes. The drive will probably take 6 to 8 hours overall depending on where in the city you begin and end. I-5 is the fastest but certainly the least interesting with fewest opportunities to stop. There are official rest stops along the way but these have very few services. Almost no towns. 101 is slightly more interesting ...


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You can hire photographers in the Bay Area to work at your event or party but there are no shops which offer this style of photography in the Bay Area. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk used to have one, but it is now closed (2014). The closest I was able to find is Doc Wenzel's Old Time Portraits in Monterey. A regular sized photo is $16, and you are expected to ...



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