San Francisco is a very compact city, best explored by walking and public transportation. We strongly suggest you do not rent a car unless you are taking a day trip outside of the city. Parking is extremely limited and expensive ($40/day at The Harbor Court Hotel) and public transit will be much less stressful and more interesting.

A few recommendations
1. Get a map. The Official San Francisco Street and Transit Map is the best guide to getting around San Francisco. The map may be purchased at a variety of locations. Convenient locations include the sfmuni information booth at baggage claim in SFO, and the kiosk at the Montgomery Metro Station at Market and Montgomery. The Montgomery Metro Station is one inbound stop or a short walk from the  convenient Embarcadero Station located near The Harbor Court Hotel.

2. Get a Passport. MUNI Passports come in 1, 3, or 7 day denominations good for unlimited travel on San Francisco municipal trains, buses, and cable cars. The Passports are not valid for travel on BART. MUNI fares are normally $1.50 each way, and cable car rides are $5, making the Passport a good deal if you plan to use public transportation.

3. Plan ahead or go with the flow. Depending on you personality, you can use the Trip Planner or Google Transit to plan your adventures with public transportation in advance, or you can just hop on, use your map and go! You can always call MUNI at 415-701-2311 to speak with a real person for transit assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

4. The MUNI website has a Route Guide for all the routes in the city. Here are some highlights of routes that you are likely to use:
  • Cable Cars
The California Cable Car starts at California and Market, goes up to Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral, Masonic Auditorium, Fantastic Views at the Top of the Mark in the Mark Hopkins Hotel, and kitchy tiki drinks and live show at the subterranean Tonga Room at the Fairmont Hotel. The California Cable Car line connects to both the Powell-Mason Cable Car line and the Powell-Hyde Cable Car line at California and Powell. The Powell-Mason goes through Chinatown to North Beach, and the quaint hilly ride of the Powell-Hyde will take you up to Lombard (curviest) street and down to Aquatic Park/Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Historic F Streetcars
The F-line travels along the Embarcadero from Fisherman's Wharf to the Ferry Building and on to AT&T Park (where the Giants play). The F-line also goes up Market street, past the eclectic shopping and great restaurants of the Deco Ghetto around Market and 14th streets, and on to the Castro district.
  • The 14-Mission
The 14-Mission begins its journey just outside the Harbor Court at Mission and Steuart. Take a ride to the historically Mexican neighborhood for authentic Mexican food and shopping along Mission street. Just one block over from Mission is the hip Valencia corridor with tons of shopping, bars, and restaurants between 16th and 25th streets. The 14-Mission is also a great way to get to San Francisco's Museum District between 3rd and 4th/ Mission and Howard.
  • The 30-Stockton (AKA "The Dirty 30")
The 30-Stockton goes through Chinatown and North Beach (but another more interesting way to explore these neighborhoods is to take the California Cable Car to Grant and walk Grant as it goes through Chinatown to North Beach). After going through North Beach, the 30-Stockton continues on to Fisherman's Wharf, and the Marina District. The Marina has excellent shopping and dining, as well as the Exploratorium and Palace of Fine Arts.
  • The 45-Union
The 45-Union travels from downtown to the Marina District and back. The Marina has excellent dining and shopping along Union and Chestnut streets as well as the beautiful Marina Green and Crissy Field for strolling and biking. The 45-Union is also the preferred way of visiting the Presidio National Park on weekends as it takes you to the Lombard Gate entrance where you can connect with the PresidiGo shuttle that travels throughout the park.
The PresidiGo runs a continuous loop throughout The Presidio National Park showcasing panoramic views (including the Golden Gate Bridge), dense forests, expansive beaches, quaint neighborhoods and historic landmarks. On weekdays there is a PresidiGo downtown shuttle that is accessible for MUNI Passport holders. The downtown pick up location for the PresidiGo shuttle is Drumm and California (across from the Embarcadero transit station). For planning purposes, we recommend to print the PresidiGo map and schedule before your trip.
  • The 21-Hayes
The 21-Hayes will take you to City Hall, and the fantastic shopping and restaurants of Hayes Valley. Also, the much-photographed "Painted Ladies" are located on Steiner at Hayes in Alamo Square.
  • The J-Church
The J-Church will take you to Mission Dolores and Dolores Park. Dolores Park is gorgeous on a sunny day with beautiful city views. Get a picnic lunch at Bi-Rite on 18th between Guerrero and Dolores or an ice cream at their shop across the street.
  • The 71-Haight
The 71-Haight goes to ... Haight street! The lower Haight neighborhood around Fillmore street has lots of eclectic shopping and ethnic restaurants as well as the world famous Toronado and fantastic sausages next door at Rosamunde. The Toronado features a varying selection of 100s of different beers from around the world. Continuing West on Haight street, take a quick stroll to the heights of the aptly named Buena Vista Park. Then continue on to upper Haight, ground zero for the infamous Summer of Love and now a vibrant and interesting neighborhood, for tons of great shopping, a photo-op at Haight Ashbury. Music lovers should be sure to visit Amoeba Records. The adventurous can rent skates at Skates on Haight for a toodle around Golden Gate Park. Even if you don't skate, this is a great way to enter Golden Gate Park at Stanyan and Haight. Depending on where you wish to enter the park, it is also accessible by the 5, 7, 21, 28, 29, 33, 44, and N-Judah. Check your map and pick your path.
  • The 31-Balboa/N-Judah
The 31-Balboa will get you from the Harbor Court Hotel to the Wedding Site. Pick up the 31-Balboa at Steuart and Mission, get off at Balboa and 12th Avenue. Walk 1-block West to Funston Avenue, turn left (South), and walk 2-blocks to the entrance to the Rose Garden on the corner of Funston and Fulton. We will get you back to your hotel on the N-Judah after the reception.

5. If you need to get somewhere quickly and directly, here are numbers to a few cab companies for you to keep on hand.  Unlike New York, cabs are not ubiquitous here to hail on the street, and you may need to call for a cab.
Yellow Cab
(415) 333-3333

DeSoto Cab Company
(415) 970-1300

Luxor Cab Company
(415) 282-4141