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 Fisherman's Wharf as the starting point and includes options for using Muni and walking.  

To get to many of these sights you will first need to get from Fisherman's Wharf to Market Street.  To do so, the easiest way is to take the F-Market & Wharves which runs along Beach to the Embarcadero and then along Market.  It's also a mile or so walk.  For the purpose of this article when it's necessary to get to Market the direction will begin with the boarding location on Market.

The two lines most useful to those staying at the Wharf are the F-Market & Wharves and the 30-Stockton.  It's recommended to take a look at the map and become familiar with those two routes.  From there you have access to any number of other routes which will get you to your destination.  Two cable car lines are available at the Wharf as well but given the usual wait time for them they are best used in the early morning or evening and not considered regular transport.     

 

Fisherman's Wharf to Ferry Building/Ferry Plaza -- It's about a mile between these two and a nice walk along the Embarcadero, past Pier 39, and on to the Ferry Building.  The F-Market & Wharves runs along Beach to Embarcadero and makes a stop immediately in front of the Ferry Building. 

Fisherman's Wharf to Alcatraz Ferry (Pier 33) -- It's a very short jaunt between these two locations but the same F-Market & Wharves makes a stop at Bay and Embarcadero which is in front of Pier 33. 

Fisherman's Wharf to Exploratorium (Pier 15/17) -- The new Exploratorium is now at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero. The Exploratorium is about half way between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building so, again, it's an easy walk or a ride on the F-Market & Wharves.  Get off at Green Street for the Exploratoriu, 

Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square -- 1) Either the Powell/Mason or Powell/Hyde cable cars go to Union Square.  The Powell/Hyde car is the more scenic line.  The Powell/Mason line turns around at Taylor & Bay; the Powell/Hyde car turnaround is at Hyde & Beach.  

2) The previously mentioned F-Market & Wharves begins at Jones between Jefferson and Beach, runs along Beach to the Embarcadero and then along Market to Powell St.  Walk 3 blocks up Powell to Union Square. 

3) The 30-Stockton runs up Columbus Street to Union Square as well.  Board on Columbus between North Point and Bay (across from the Marriott) and exit right after the tunnel on Stockton at Sutter and Union Square is one more block along Stockton.  

Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach -- The 30-Stockton runs up Columbus Street to North Beach.  Board on Columbus between North Point and Bay (across from the Marriott) and exit at Washington Square (Columbus at Union).  This is also a very walkable 3/4's of a mile.  Slightly uphill on the way, downhill on the way back.   

Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown -- The 30-Stockton runs up Columbus Street to Chinatown.  Board on Columbus between North Point and Bay (across from the Marriott) and exit along Stockton between Broadway and Sacramento.

Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Park -- Two options: 1) Three options from Market Street.  a) For faster service, board the N-Judah line from the underground station (Embarcadero, Montgomery or Powell) and ride to Irving & 9th, which is in the Inner Sunset district on the south side of the park, and walk one block north. b) For above ground service, board the 5-Fulton bus at Market & Sansome and get off at Fulton & Arguello (or Fulton & 8th) 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. c) If you wish to stop by Haight Street on the way, board the 71- or 71L-Haight/Noriega bus at Market & Battery and ride to the very west end of Haight Street. The 71 and 71L continue along the south edge of the park through the Inner Sunset district too, but the N-Judah is faster.

2) The second option routes you past the Golden Gate Bridge and drops you off in the middle of the park (speaking east/west).  Take the 30-Stockton on Columbus between Bay & North Point (in front of the Marriott)*.  Be sure the destination of the bus is "Broderick"  (NOT Van Ness).  Get off on Chestnut at Laguna.  Transfer to the 28-19th Ave or the 28L-19th Ave. Limited.  Get off on Park Presidio and Fulton.  Cross both streets and enter the park through the Rose Garden.  As you exit the garden to JFK Drive the large copper clad building in front of you is the de Young museum.  To enter the museum or to cross the concourse to the Academy of Sciences go around the museum to the left. 

*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 reenter Fort Mason at the bay level.  This is the starting point for the 28 line.     

Fisherman's Wharf Golden Gate Bridge --

Take the 30-Stockton on Columbus between Bay & North Point (in front of the Marriott)*.  Be sure the destination of the bus is "Broderick" or "Jefferson Loop" (NOT Van Ness).  Get off on Chestnut at Laguna.  Transfer to the 28-19th Ave (NOT the 28L-19th Ave. Limited).  This will take you to the toll plaza on the south end of the bridge and access to the sidewalk across the bridge is available.  Upon return, be sure to catch the bus going in the proper direction as both inbound and outbound directions use the same bus stop.  The return you will want the 28 with a destination of "Fort Mason."

*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 reenter 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, which is a quick 4-stop ride from the bridge. Cross Park Presidio then Fulton and enter the park through the Rose Garden and come to Kennedy Drive. The large copper-clad building across Kennedy Drive to your left is the back side of the de Young Museum.

Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina/Palace of Fine Arts -- From Columbus between Bay & North Point (in front of the Marriott), 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, get off on Chestnut at Fillmore (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 and ride to Van Ness and McAllister or Grove.  You will see City Hall on the left and the Opera House and Davies Symphony Hall on the right.  The Asian Art Museum is two blocks east on McAllister. 

Fisherman's Wharf to Alamo Square (Painted Ladies) --  1) From Market Street & Drumm St. board the 21-Hayes bus and get off on Hayes Street at Steiner Street.  2) Take the 30-Stockton (destination Broderick) to Chestnut and Fillmore and transfer to the 22-Fillmore to Hayes and walk one block west on Hayes to Steiner.   

Fisherman's Wharf to Cliff House -- 1) From Market & Sansome 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. (Return service on the 38 and 38L drops off on O'Farrell Street.) Or, 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. 

2) From North Point Street board the 47-Van Ness to Geary and transfer to the 38-Geary or 38L-Geary Limited to 48th Ave. 

Fisherman's Wharf to the Legion of Honor/Lincoln Park/Land's End -- 1) From Market & Sansome board the 38- or 38L-Geary 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.

2) From Market & Drumm Street, walk around the Hyatt Regency to Sacramento & Davis, board the 1-California to California and 32nd.  Walk up to 34th Ave., enter Lincoln Park and walk 1/4 uphill 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. (Return service on the 38 and 38L drops off on O'Farrell Street.) 

Fisherman's Wharf to AT&T Park (Giants ballpark) -- 1) From Columbus between North Point & Bay (across from the Marriott) board the 30-Stockton to the end of the line which is at Townsend & 4th three blocks from AT&T Park.

2) From Market and Drumm Street and enter the Embarcadero underground station.  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.

Fisherman's Wharf to Mission Dolores -- Walk or take the F-Market & Wharves to Market and Drumm Street and enter the Embarcadero underground station.  Board the J-Church line from the underground station and ride to Church & 16th.

Fisherman's Wharf to Haight-Ashbury (the Haight) -- 1) From Market & Battery 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.

2) From Columbus between Bay & North Point (in front of the Marriott), board the 30-Stockton (destination Broderick) to Chesnut and Fillmore.  Transfer to the 43-Masonic and ride to Masonic and Haight. 

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!