The Real Metro Sightseeing Tour

All the fun on transit without all of the walking.

DAYS: Monday-Friday
Departs:  8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
AGE: 8+ No exceptions. No strollers. No infants.
PRICE: Metro Tour $55

Real Cable Car! + Sightseeing! + No Walking!!

O.K. a little bit of walking (you’ll need to be fit enough for a short jog if needed to catch the bus)We’ll be hopping on and off transit for leisurely walks to the best S.F. sights all morning long!!

Our best option for kids!!

For our very own Metro Sightseeing Tour we take you on every form of public transit offered by San Francisco Muni, without ail the walking!! We ride the world famous Cable Cars up Nob Hill, for great views of the Financial District and Chinatown.  Then we drop right down into Union Square. Whisking through the core of the city, we take short rides on a Street-Car, Electronic Trolley Bus, and Muni Metro Underground. We take a very short walk on Nob Hill, then stroll through the  beautifully renovated Opera Plaza at Civic Center, the Painted LadiesPacific Heights and even the Haight Ashbury. We arrive in the Castro on the Muni Metro Underground and from there we circle the city on a series of MUNI buses. This is a quick orientation to the SF transit system and along the way San Francisco locals often offer their own history, culture and recommendations, as we venture through the city. We stop for lunch or food to go  (not included), in Cow Hollow. Then we make a series of quick photo stops at Ghirardelli  Square, and the Base of Lombard St. We’ll officially end at Washington Square Park in the heart of North Beach, but if we’re heading your direction feel free to hitch another bus ride toward Downtown. This is an incredible premium day in The City by the Bay at $55 per person. It’s a 4+ hour Sightseeing Tour with a maximum of 10 people!! This tour isn’t designed for kids but its our best kids option.

Cable Car/Fi Di

Chinatown View

Nob Hill

Union Square

F Line Street Car

Civic Center

Muni Metro

Castro

Haight Ashbury

Painted Ladies

Pacific Heights

Mrs Doubtfire House

Marina/Cow Hollow

Ghirardelli Square

Lombard View

North Beach

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WHERE TO MEET

CALIFORNIA STREET
CABLE CAR TERMINUS

This Tour meets at the intersection of Market and Drumm Streets; look for the clock on the pole (see photo). This clock is between the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the intersection of Market and Drumm, near a marketing kiosk. The meeting place is approximately 20 feet from the terminus of the California Street Cable Car line. It is across the street from the Wells Fargo Bank. Please do not look for 50 Drumm Street.*

Tours meet 10-15 (no one will be at the meeting place prior to that) minutes prior to the published departure time. There is no office, so if you arrive early please be patient. All tours depart at the published time.

GETTING THERE

We recommend using transit to get to the start of the tour. BART and MUNI both stop at the Embarcadero Station. When you exit the train look for signs that direct you towards the Ferry Building and Drumm Street The historic F line streetcars stop at Market and Drumm if you are coming from the Fisherman’s Wharf direction, or at Market and Beale if you are coming from The Castro direction. Some bus lines service this intersection such as the 21 Hayes.

PARKING

Is very difficult and expensive and driving is not recommended particularly on weekdays. Meters are enforced 24/7 along the Embarcadero. On Saturday parking is available at the Maritime Building on Clay between Front and Davis for $7.00 or $3.00 with a validated Ferry Building stamp (available at the Bay Crossings shop.

*We must use the 50 Drumm Street address online in order for Google Maps and other mapping apps to point at the right location. This is actually the address of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The meeting place is between the south side of the Hotel and Market Street. Please make sure not to wait in front of the Hotel or in the Lobby. Please do not go to the Ferry Bldg Clock Tower.

INFO TO GO

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WALKING

This tour includes very short walks, a few indoor staircases, and a lot of rides on public transit. There are multiple staircases and some very high step ups to the Cable Cars. Occasionally we will have to walk briskly to catch the transit. If you are not able to walk briskly on stairs this tour may not be a good choice. Also please note the Cable Cars are exempt from the ADA by a specific act of congress.

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TRANSIT PASSES

All necessary public transportation passes are included for the duration of this tour.

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WEATHER

Conditions on Nob Hill and can change quickly, wind is likely while on the Cable Cars, and at Alamo Square Park. Please carry jackets. This tour will go rain or shine with a minimum of 2 passengers.

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DRESS

Please only wear comfortable closed toe walking shoes. Dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Light Jacket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Snacks

FOOD

Please finish all coffee before the tour. Coffee is not allowed on the Cable Cars and we can’t wait for you to finish. Eat a good breakfast, we will be moving the whole 4 hours of the Metro Tour. We stop for lunch in the Marina/Cow Hollow area. There will be opportunities for snacks and coffee throughout the tour.

THE REAL METRO ROUTE

This tour utilizes the city’s Metro Transit System for a half day of unbelievable sightseeing. We begin with a ride on the California Cable Car that takes us through the Financial District and Chinatown up to the top of Nob Hill. We take a very brief photo stop for Grace Cathedral and the last remaining pre earthquake mansion, and the recently unveiled statue of Tony Bennet. We take a brief walk through the Fairmont Hotel as we make our way down the hill to Union Square on the second Cable Car ride of the tour. We see many  popular icons along the way. When we reach Market st. its a quick switch to the F-Line streetcar for views of City Hall and the Opera Plaza, which includes a brand new Veterans Memorial. From there its underground we go, on the Muni Metro to the famous Castro District. from the Castro we will continue on surface streets, using one of the city’s most scenic bus lines to arrive at the Haight Ashbury then after a short stroll it’s on to the World Famous Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, and the Nopa district (one of the city’s emerging neighborhoods). As we make our way through Presidio Heights on the way to Pacific Heights you will be amazed at the sheer number of Victorians we view. By the time we get off the Bus in Billionaires Row you will understand why the locals tell you that the most amazing victorians are not in Alamo Square. The short walk through “The Row” to Mrs Doubtfire’s house can only be described as breathtaking. After a quick photo-op, its back on the bus to the heart of the Cow Hollow district where we can grab a quick bite to eat. As we near the end of the tour we will make brief stops, at Ghirardelli Square, the bottom of Lombard St, and Washington Square in North Beach where the tour officially ends. Along the waterfront we will find an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This one happens quick and can you leave you with that dizzy metro feeling. This is a stellar way to spend your day in the City by the Bay!!