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Getting around San Francisco in style can be an adventure in itself, especially as there are so many fun transport options to choose from.

Whether you’re a local looking for a new way to explore this dynamic city or a visitor wanting to experience San Francisco like a true insider, there are numerous ways to navigate this beautiful city in style. From those iconic cable cars to Segway tours, San Francisco has something for everyone.

To help you discover the best ways to see the city and explore the “Golden City,” check out these fun ways of getting around San Francisco in style for ideas and inspiration.


Getting Around San Francisco in Style… By Cable Car
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(San Francisco’s cable car are a must-ride tourist attraction (Photo: Arnaud Steckle / Unsplash)

If the San Franciscan topography gets you down, catch a ride up the steep hills on a cable car to enjoy the city. It was August 2, 1873, when the first cable car system was tested, and the system has been taking the strain out of traversing this hilly city ever since.

And if you’re interested in the history of these fascinating machines, be sure to visit the San Francisco Cable Car Barn and Powerhouse. Best of all, this fascinating attraction can best be accessed by these fun cable cars themselves.


Getting Around San Francisco in Style… By Bus
Big Bus Tour overlooking San Francisco Bay
Big Bus Tour overlooking San Francisco Bay (Photo courtesy Big Bus Tour)

Looking to see even more of this amazing city than can be seen via cable car, and hoping to be told more about the passing scenery? Then try a Big Bus Tour. Ride up top on the double-decker bus to relish the best of San Francisco’s architecture and bright urban landscape as it passes by. Experience a tour like no other with knowledgeable guides that keep the ride light and entertaining.

See something you like? Simply get off at any stop with your day pass to check out an area or attraction, and head back to the bus stop when you want to continue the tour. Buses are scheduled for a certain departure time from each spot, but another bus comes along about every 15 minutes.

A handy app is also available to download and track when the next bus is on its way. It’s a glorious way to see the city as you learn more about the eventful history of San Francisco.


Getting Around San Francisco in Style… By Bike
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Getting around San Francisco by bike is easy (Photo: Josh Bean / Unsplash)

Hoping to stretch your legs? Rent a bike from Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours and ride along the marked bike path towards the Golden Gate Bridge, passing much of the bay’s magnificent shoreline along the way. Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge for a fantastic view of the wide-open Pacific Ocean to the west.

Follow the designated path downhill towards Sausalito, a quaint little seaside town with many a hip restaurant and patios to quench your thirst and have a bite to eat after your adventurous ride.

Riding back is a possibility; however, San Francisco is just a ferry ride away. You can purchase a ticket at the docks of Sausalito and board the ferry at designated departure times, along with your bike.


Getting Around San Francisco in Style… By Sailboat
America’s Cup Sailing Experience sailing past Alcatraz
America’s Cup Sailing Experience gets close to Alcatraz (Photo courtesy America’s Cup Sailing Experience)

Being a coastal city, one of the best vantage points to see San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge is from the water.

Take a cruise aboard the awesome America’s Cup Sailing Experience on San Francisco Bay where you can pass under the Golden Gate Bridge itself and get up close and personal with Alcatraz Island.


The author at the helm of the boat
The author, Caleb Dearsley  at the helm of the racing  (Photo: Joanna Bomers / LuxuryUnitedStates)


If you feel more sportsmanlike, sailing on the USA 76 is a spectacular way to venture out into the breezy bay, see the San Franciscan shoreline, and even have a chance to pilot this beautiful sailboat.


Getting Around San Francisco in Style… By Segway
Segways are a great way to explore San Fran’s  waterfront (Photo courtesy Electric Tour Company)

If you are looking for a new and fun way to travel about the city, a Segway tour is a great choice, allowing you to explore all the best sights with an experienced guide.

There is pre-tour training and practice on the Segways to enable you to feel the most comfortable and confident riding these neat machines.


Caleb Dearsley and partner on Segway
The author and his partner enjoying their Segway tour (Photo: Caleb Dearsley / LuxuryUnitedStates)


Using Segways provides the opportunity to see more in the span of the tour (they’re zippy!) and have plenty of fun traveling between each spectacular destination.

Book your Segway tour with the Electric Tour Company and choose from a wide selection of areas in San Francisco to discover.


Travel and Stay in Style…
Deluxe Suite Bedroom with adjoining room and city view at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
The deluxe suite at The Clift is a good option for sightseeing in San Fran (Photo courtesy The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel)

To learn more about these and other cool ways of getting around San Francisco in style, as well as the city’s many wonderful attractions and points of interest, visit

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Contributor Caleb Dearsley is a free-spirited traveller and adventurer who also just so happens to enjoy the finer things in life.


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