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 the Fisherman's Wharf area as the starting point. (Refer to this article for trips starting from Union Square.)

Because the Fisherman's Wharf area spans several blocks, there are multiple boarding locations for most bus and streetcar lines. It is recommended that travelers refer to a Muni system map or mapping service like Google or 511 to identify exact boarding locations. While cable cars do serve Fisherman's Wharf, they are very popular with tourists and have long wait times as a result. Therefore, except during early morning and late evening hours, cable cars are not recommended for regular transport.

Fisherman's Wharf to Ferry Building/Ferry Plaza

  • It is about 1.5 miles to the Ferry Building, and it's a pleasant walk along the Embarcadero past Pier 39, Pier 33 (Alcatraz ferry boarding), and Pier 15/17 (The Exploratorium).
  • The F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line picks up along Beach Street and the Embarcadero and makes a stop immediately in front of the Ferry Building.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Alcatraz Ferry (Pier 33)

  • It is easiest to walk between these locations, as they are very close to each other.
  • If you must use public transit, you can board the F-line (described above) and get off at the Bay Street stop.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Exploratorium (Pier 15/17)

  • The new Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero, which is roughly halfway between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building. Walking is recommended.
  • If you must use public transit, you can board the F-line (described above) at get off at the Green Street stop.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square

  • Board either the Powell/Mason or Powell/Hyde cable car lines. The Powell/Hyde line is more scenic, but the Powell/Mason line is more central to Fisherman's Wharf area hotels. The Powell/Mason line turnaround is at Taylor & Bay Streets, across the street from Ghirardelli Square; the Powell/Hyde line turnaround is at Hyde & Beach Streets.
  • Alternatively, board the F-line (described above) and ride to Market & Powell Streets. Walk 3 blocks up Powell Street to Union Square.
  • For a slightly faster journey, board the 8X- or 8BX-Bayshore Express or 30-Stockton bus lines and ride through Chinatown to Stockton & Sutter Streets. Return service on the 8X and 8BX picks up on Kearny Street while the 30 can be caught at Stockton & Sutter.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach

  • It is 3/4 mile between these locations, and walking is recommended. It is slightly uphill to North Beach and slightly downhill to Fisherman's Wharf.
  • The 8X- and 8BX-Bayshore Express and 30-Stockton bus lines run to North Beach. The 30 picks up on Columbus Street, and the 8X and 8BX pick up on Powell Street. The most central bus stop for North Beach is at Washington Square (Columbus & Union Streets).

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown

  • It is 1 mile between these locations, and walking is recommended. It is slightly uphill to Chinatown and slightly downhill to Fisherman's Wharf.
  • The 8X- and 8BX-Bayshore Express and 30-Stockton bus lines run to Chinatown. The 30 picks up on Columbus Street, and the 8X and 8BX pick up on Powell Street. Exit anywhere along Stockton Street between Broadway and Sacramento Street. Return service on the 8X and 8BX picks up on Kearny Street while the 30 can be caught on Stockton.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Park

  • Take the 8X, 8BX, or 30 bus lines or F streetcar line (described above) to Market Street. From Market Street, take the N-Judah Muni Metro line or the 5, 5L, 71, or 71L bus lines. The N-Judah is fastest and drops off on the south side of the park at Irving Street & 9th Avenue. The 5 and 5L drop off on the north side of the park along Fulton Street. The 71 and 71L drop off on the east side of the park at Haight & Stanyan Streets. While the 71 and 71L also serve the south side of the park, the N-Judah is faster.
  • Alternatively, take the 30-Stockton bus line 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- or 28L-19th Avenue bus and get off at Park Presidio & Fulton Street. 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.

*It is possible to walk from Fisherman's Wharf to Fort Mason. Walk along Jefferson Street and into Aquatic Park. Follow the street around to the right and then turn left just before the pier and enter Fort Mason (there is a sign). There's a bit of a hill but the view is nice when you get to the top. Curve around the "Great Meadow" and down to Laguna Street and re-enter Fort Mason at the bay level. This is the starting point for the 28 line.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Bridge

  • Take the 30-Stockton bus line 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 28L!)* 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!

 

*It is possible to walk from Fisherman's Wharf to Fort Mason. Walk along Jefferson Street and into Aquatic Park. Follow the street around to the right and then turn left just before the pier and enter Fort Mason (there is a sign). There's a bit of a hill but the view is nice when you get to the top. Curve around the "Great Meadow" and down to Laguna Street and re-enter Fort Mason at the bay level. This is the starting point for the 28 line.

 

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.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina/Palace of Fine Arts

  • Board the 30-Stockton bus along Columbus Street. (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.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Civic Center

  • From North Point Street, board the 47-Van Ness bus line and ride to Van Ness Avenue at either McAllister or Grove Street. You will see City Hall on the left and the Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall on the right. The Asian Art Museum is 2 blocks east on McAllister Street.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Alamo Square (Painted Ladies)

  • Take the 8X, 8BX, or 30 bus lines or F streetcar line (described above) to Market Street. From Market Street, board the 21-Hayes bus and get off on Hayes Street at Steiner Street.
  • Alternatively, take the 30-Columbus bus line to Chestnut & Fillmore 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 22-Fillmore bus and get off at Hayes Street. Walk one block west on Hayes to Steiner Street.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Cliff House

  • From North Point Street, board the 47-Van Ness bus line and ride to Van Ness Avenue & Geary Street. From Geary Street, board the 38- or 38L-Geary bus and ride to 48th Avenue. (Note that not all 38 buses go to 48th Avenue, so check the destination sign before boarding.) Walk down the hill to the Cliff House.
  • Take the 8X, 8BX or 30 bus lines of F streetcar line (described above) to Market 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.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to the Legion of Honor/Lincoln Park/Land's End

  • From North Point Street, board the 47-Van Ness bus line and ride to Van Ness Avenue & Sacramento Street. From Sacramento Street, board the 1-California bus and ride to 32nd Avenue. Walk two blocks west to 34th Avenue, enter Lincoln Park, and walk 1/4 mile up to 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.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to AT&T Park (Giants Ballpark)

  • From Columbus Street, board the 30-Stockton bus line (going towards the Caltrain Depot) and ride to the end of the line, which is at Townsend & 4th Streets. This is 3 blocks from AT&T Park.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Mission Dolores

  • Take the F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line to Market & Drumm Streets, enter the underground Embarcadero Station, board the J-Church Muni Metro line, and ride to Church & 16th Streets.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Haight-Ashbury (The Haight)

  • Take the 8X, 8BX, or 30 bus lines or F streetcar line (described above) to Market Street. From Market Street, board the 71- or 71L-Haight/Noriega bus and ride to Haight Street. Get off at Masonic, Clayton, Cole, or Stanyan Streets. Alternatively, board the 6-Parnassus bus and ride to Haight & Masonic.
  • Alternatively, take the 30-Stockton bus line (destined for Broderick & Beach, not Van Ness Avenue) to Chestnut & Fillmore Streets. Transfer to the 43-Masonic bus and ride to Haight Street.

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Twin Peaks

  • Take the 8X, 8BX, or 30 bus lines or F streetcar line (described above) to Market Street. 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 the end of the line and climb the stairs to Twin Peaks.

 

For additional information, visit sfmta.com, www.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 transfer 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!