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San Francisco Travel Guide and Activities

San Francisco is a colourful, creative city, revelling in freedom and openness. Often eccentric, always charming, this vibrant destination has much to offer, from its eclectic neighbourhoods and stunning surroundings to its wonderful seafood and architecture.

5 things to see

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Chinatown
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • See the city from Coit Tower

5 things to do

  • Ride a cable car
  • Explore the districts
  • Shop at Union Square
  • Walk along Ocean Beach
  • Try Sourdough French Bread


San Francisco is characteristic of the cool, dry summer and mild, wet winters. Temperatures exceed 75 °F (24 °C) on average only 28 days a year. Whatever time of the year you visit San Francisco; it is always wise to carry a jacket or sweater with you!


Currency: $ (US Dollars)

Public holidays falling on a weekday

01 January 2019, 21 January 2019, 18 February 2019, 29 March 2019, 27 May 2019, 04 July 2019, 02 September 2019, 14 October 2019, 11 November 2019, 28 November 2019, 29 November 2019, 25 December 2019

Telephone Country Code

+1 - 415


110 V; 60Hz - 2 flat-pin plug

Tap water

Tap water is safe unless there’s a sign to the contrary.

Public Transport Info

  • Bus: $2.25 or valid single-ride ticket
  • Cable car: $6 each ride (An All-Day Passport is sold for $14 by the conductors on the cable cars)
  • Muni Passports: 1-day Passport $15; 7-day Passport $29 (Muni Passports are good for unlimited rides on Muni, including cable cars)
  • Bicycle: Bicycles can be rented for $28 to $50
  • Muni Transit
  • Muni System map


For Visa information please read Applying for a Visa in USA

Cost of Living

Big Mac $3.75
Sandwich $3.50
Can of Coke $1
Coffee in a café $2
1 litre of milk $1
2 litres of water $1.50
A loaf of bread $2
Two course meal in average restaurant $20
Cost of sim card $29
Cinema $10 - $15
Entrance to clubs $5 - $10

Other Useful Information

Driving Age

The minimum driving age is 16 years but most rental companies require that you be at least 25 years old, have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card.

Alcohol Age

Legal age for drinking in the US is 21 and many places will ask for identification.


All EC San Francisco students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay in the U.S.