San Francisco is well served by public transit, so there are usually multiple ways to get from one place to another. Here is a list of options for traveling to many popular places via Muni, which operates cable car, bus, streetcar, and "Muni Metro" underground service. This list uses Union Square as the starting point. (Refer to this article for trips starting from Fisherman's Wharf.) Most destinations have two options listed: one for buses that can be caught on the blocks immediately surrounding Union Square, and one for buses and rail lines that run along nearby Market Street.

Union Square to Ferry Building/Ferry Plaza

  • From Post Street, board the 2-Clement bus and ride to the end of the line, which is at Market & Steuart Streets next to the plaza. Return service drops off on Sutter Street.
  • From Market Street, board the F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line going east and ride to the station in front of the Ferry Building. The 6-Haight/Parnassus, 21-Hayes, and 31-Balboa bus lines also operate along Market Street to the Ferry Plaza, but the F-line is a fun, visitor-oriented service.

Union Square to Alcatraz Ferry (Pier 33)

  • From Market Street, board the F-line (described above) and ride past the Ferry Building to Bay Street.
  • From Kearny Street, board the 8-Bayshore or 8BX bus and ride to the end of the line, which is at Kearny & North Point Streets. Return service drops off on Stockton Street.

Union Square to Exploratorium (Pier 15/17)

  • The new Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. From Market Street, board the F-line (described above) and ride past the Ferry Building to Green Street.
  • Alternatively, follow the directions to the Ferry Building (described above) and walk north along the Embarcadero for 0.5 miles.

Union Square to Fisherman's Wharf

  • From Powell Street, board either cable car line going north. The especially scenic Powell/Hyde line goes to Ghirardelli Square, and the Powell/Mason line goes to the "heart" of Fisherman's Wharf.
  • From Market Street, board the F-line (described above) and ride to the end of the line, which is at Jones & Beach Streets.

Union Square to North Beach

  • From Stockton & Sutter Streets (near the entrance to the Stockton Tunnel), board the 30-Stockton or 45-Union/Stockton bus and ride through Chinatown to Columbus Avenue. Return service drops off at the same spot.
  • From Kearny Street, board the 8-Bayshore or 8BX bus and ride to any point along Columbus Avenue. Return service drops off on Stockton Street.
  • Alternatively, the Powell/Mason cable car line picks up on Powell Street and stops on Columbus Avenue a few blocks from the heart of North Beach.

Union Square to Golden Gate Park

  • For faster service, board the N-Judah Muni Metro line underground at Powell Station and ride to Irving Street & 9th Avenue, which is in the Inner Sunset district on the south side of the park, and walk one block north.
  • For above ground service, board the 5-Fulton or 5R bus and get off at Fulton & Arguello (or Fulton & 8th on the 5 only) and walk directly south into the park. The 5 runs the full length of the north edge of the park all the way to Ocean Beach; the 5R runs only as far west as 6th Avenue.
  • If you wish to stop by Haight Street on the way, board the 7-Haight/Noriega or 7R bus and ride to the very west end of Haight Street. The 7 and 7R continue along the south edge of the park through the Inner Sunset district too, but the N-Judah is faster.

Union Square to Golden Gate Bridge

  • From Stockton & Sutter Streets (near the entrance to the Stockton Tunnel), board the 30-Stockton bus and ride to Chestnut & Laguna Streets. (Be sure the bus is going all the way to Broderick & Beach, as some trips only go as far as Van Ness Avenue.) Transfer to the 28-19th Avenue bus (not the 28R!) and get off at the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion. When returning, be sure to catch the 28 destined for "Fort Mason"--both directions of the 28 use the same bus stop, and you don't want to go to Daly City!
  • Direct service is available on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: Board the 76X-Marin Headlands bus on Sutter Street (at Stockton or Powell Street) and get off at the Toll Plaza. For return service, be sure to board on the other side of the Toll Plaza (on the highway next to the Administration Building). Buses will drop off along Post Street.

Golden Gate Bridge to Golden Gate Park

Many visitors opt to visit the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park on the same trip, and this is easily done by bus. After visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, catch the 28 destined for "Daly City" and get off at Park Presidio & Fulton Street, which is a quick 4-stop ride from the bridge. Cross Park Presidio then Fulton and enter the park through the Rose Garden, which will take you to JFK Drive. The large copper-clad building across JFK Drive is the back side of the de Young Museum.

Union Square to the Marina/Palace of Fine Arts

  • From Stockton & Sutter Streets (near the entrance to the Stockton Tunnel), board the 30-Stockton bus. (Be sure the bus is going all the way to Broderick & Beach, as some trips only go as far as Van Ness Avenue.) For Chestnut Street shops and restaurants, use the centrally located Chestnut Street stop at Fillmore Street (a Williams-Sonoma store is on the corner). The business district continues west from this point to Divisadero. For the Palace of Fine Arts, ride to the end of the line, then walk west on Beach (to your left).
  • NOTE: The Exploratorium has now moved to Pier 15/17 on the Embarcadero and is no longer near the Palace of Fine Arts.

Union Square to Civic Center

  • From Market Street, board the 5-Fulton or 21-Hayes bus. The 5 stops across from the Asian Art Museum and City Hall. The 21 serves City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Opera House.

Union Square to Alamo Square (Painted Ladies)

  • From Market Street, board the 21-Hayes bus and get off on Hayes Street at Steiner Street.

Union Square to Cliff House

  • From Geary Street, board the 38R-Geary Rapid bus and ride to 48th Avenue. (Note that some of the regular 38-Geary buses go to 48th Avenue when the 38R isn't running, so check the schedule if you are traveling early or late in the day.) Walk down the hill to the Cliff House. Return service on the 38R drops off on O'Farrell Street.
  • From Market Street, board the 5-Fulton or 31-Balboa bus and ride to the end of the line, which is at Ocean Beach. Walk up the hill to the Cliff House.

Union Square to the Legion of Honor/Lincoln Park/Land's End

  • From Geary Street, board the 38-Geary or 38R bus and ride to Geary & 33rd Avenue. Transfer to the 18-46th Avenue bus going north and ride to the end of the line, which is in front of the Legion of Honor. The coastal trail can be accessed by walking west and turning right, following the road down the hill about 1/4 mile. The trail is clearly marked, and it also continues to the Cliff House. Return service on the 38 and 38R drops off on O'Farrell Street.

Union Square to AT&T Park (Giants Ballpark)

  • From the exit of the Stockton Street tunnel (Stockton & Sutter Streets), board the 30-Stockton or 45-Union/Stockton bus and ride to the end of the line, which is at Townsend & 4th Streets. This is 3 blocks from AT&T Park. Return service on the 30 and 45 boards at the same stop and drops off on Kearny Street, or at Stockton & Sutter.
  • From Market Street, board any N-Judah, S-Shuttle, or T-Third line from the underground station that has a destination of Mission Bay, Caltrain, or Sunnydale and ride to the King & 2nd station, which is in front of the ballpark.

Union Square to Mission Dolores

  • From Market Street, board the J-Church Muni Metro line underground at Powell Station and ride to Church & 16th Streets.

Union Square to Haight-Ashbury (The Haight)

  • From Market Street, board the 7-Haight/Noriega or 7R bus and ride to Haight Street. Get off at Masonic, Clayton, Cole, or Stanyan Streets. Alternatively, board the 6-Haight/Parnassus bus and ride to Haight & Masonic.

Union Square to Twin Peaks

  • From Market Street, board the K, L or M Muni Metro lines at Powell Station and ride west to Castro Station. Exit the station and transfer to the 37-Corbett bus on Market & Castro Streets. Take it to Crestline Drive and climb the stairs to Twin Peaks.

For additional information, visit sfmta.com, 511.org, and nextmuni.com. The Next Muni site provides a list of stops for each line and has real-time arrival information. The real-time information is also displayed on certain bus shelters.

Market Street is listed as a pick-up point for many of the routes listed here. There are many bus stops on Market Street, and certain routes use certain ones. Each stop is marked with a sign indicating which routes serve that location, as well as an indication of the direction of service. Be sure you're at the right stop for the line you want!