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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

12 October 2020, 11 November 2020, 26 November 2020, 27 November 2020, 25 December 2020, 31 December 2020, 01 January 2021, 18 January 2021, 15 February 2021, 31 March, 31 May 2021, 05 July 2021, 06 September 2021, 11 October 2021, 11 November 2021, 25 November, 26 November 2021, 24 December 2021, 31 December 2021

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

Coffee/Cappuccino (Starbucks) $3.50-$5.00
Bottle of water/soda (0.33 litre) $1.00-$2.50
Fast-Food combo meal $7.00-$10.00
Meal, inexpensive restaurant $12.00-$20.00
Fitness club (monthly, 1 adult) $45.00-$150.00
Public transport (local transport) $2.50-$2.75
Public transport (monthly pass) $75.00-$90.00

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.