We’re all busy. I’m busy. You’re busy. Planning an amazing vacation is time consuming and no one wants to have to waste valuable time waiting in queues. Here are six super-quick time-saving tips for your San Francisco trip.
- Buy a muni pass. If you have kids and want to hop on and off the cable car, get a muni pass. My kids LOVE the cable car. It’s also wildly effective at getting you from Nob Hill to the Embarcadero.
- Avoid the cable car turnarounds at Powell and Ghirardelli Square. If you want to lose an hour to an hour and a half of your day, you’ll stand in that line. But if you don’t want to, hopping a cable car on California and heading to the Embarcadero is never crowded. From there it’s an easy hop on the F line and you can get to Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, or any of the other hot spots.
- Staying on the transportation theme, take public transportation. Between the muni, the BART, cable cars, and more, San Francisco is incredibly easy to navigate with your muni pass. I like walking it quite a bit, but acting like a local and taking the time to really immerse yourself in the personality of the city is important and the public transportation can do that.
- If you want to shop (and like Nordstrom’s), request an hour of personal shopping. It’s free (though you’ll obviously probably end up buying a bunch of stuff), but it’s wildly useful at helping you consolidate some shopping into a smaller period of time.
- See Alcatraz at night. Going during the day is cool, but the night tour is much cooler. Also, San Francisco is a great city during the day, so pushing that to nighttime frees up your days to enjoy more time in the city.
- Buy tickets ahead of time to the museums. Skip the lines and buy your tickets online, ahead of time. If you can print them, great, but if not, they can scan the barcodes on your phone. Why wait in line to buy a ticket when you can just walk right in?