MUNI is San Francisco’s Bus and Metro system that run like a web of veins throughout the city. Utilizing MUNI to its fullest capabilities will save you time, money, and provide different points of views of the city. Let’s start with bus basics:
Plan Your Trip
When you need to get somewhere on MUNI, locate your destinations then find what routes will take you there. You may need to transfer from one bus to another, which is free for 90 minutes after you purchase your ticket. Google Trip Planner and 511 Trip Planner are indispensable tools to help plan.
Once plans have been made, find the intersection on a bus route nearest you. Bus stops will have a shelter, yellow paint on a sign post, or white paint on the street.
Board and Pay
All buses allow boarding through the front and rear doors and are equipped with ramps or lifts.
Board at the front door and feed the meter with bills and/or change, a valid transfer, or your Clipper® card. There is also a Clipper® reader at the rear doors. Make sure it reads your card correctly—the reader will make a loud beep noise and show the balance remaining on your card. You cannot ride if you have insufficient funds. You may also board at the front or rear door with a valid Visitor Day Pass, CityPASS or ARRVL San Francisco Pack.
There are six Metro lines that go inbound towards downtown San Francisco/Caltrain Depot and outbound towards various places. Similar with the MUNI bus, locate your destinations first to decide which line best takes you there. Using the Metro Map, find the nearest metro to your locations.
Metro stops are located both under and above ground. If you are boarding underground, make sure you are using the MUNI Metro machines purchase tickets and not the BART Machine. When above ground, Clipper cards and exact change are accepted.