The two of us are thinking of making a day trip to SF (in a weekend), visiting touristy places such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, etc. we live in South Bay, and I have a car. The possible transport arrangements seem to be:
- Drive from South Bay and use the car to visit the attractions. This sounds convenient, but I heard parking in SF is difficult and expensive.
- Drive from South Bay, park somewhere, and use SF public transport for getting around during the day. This seems to be the best, because I won't have to find parking all the time, and I can avoid taking Caltrain (more on Caltrain below). But I am wondering where would be the ideal place to park the car for the day.
- Arrive in SF with Caltrain. This will remove the headache with parking, but the downside is Caltrain in the weekend is superslow (only 1 train per hour, 1.5 hour travel time each way). Besides, the Caltrain station in SF is not close to the tourist attractions, so further connection is needed. The cost from South Bay is $28 for two people round-trip, so it isn't a cheap option either.
Which option is the most efficient in terms of cost, time, and comfort? I am leaning towards the second option, where would be the ideal place to park?