San Francisco might only be seven miles across and seven miles wide, but that doesn’t mean your attendees will be walking across town to get from a meeting to a reception. Transportation is a must for most meetings, but it doesn’t have to just be logistical. In San Francisco there are lots of fun ways to move attendees throughout the city in style. Here are a few recommendations for outside-the-box transportation ideas.
Tour the city, ride its hills and feel the sweet bay breeze on your face — with a fleet of 30, there are plenty of Cabrio Pedicabs to go around. Bedecked in bright red glitter paint, each open-air cab is easy to spot, has enough room for two riders and is always operated by a friendly driver who can add local color to any ride. Using the city’s dedicated bike lanes (ideal for avoiding traffic), rides are safe, scenic and fun. Available morning, noon and night, this eco-friendly option offers guests an exciting way to explore the city while getting from point A to point B. They will also “brand” the pedicabs for unique transit advertising for your event and/or meeting.
What better way to get around the City by the Bay than by way of its bay? Tideline Water Taxis — San Francisco’s first on-demand, all-weather water taxi — can be reserved for private transport along the San Francisco waterfront, lower Marin County and the East Bay. There are two options for vessels; the smaller boat holds six passengers while the larger craft carries 40. Due to its modest size, Tideline vessels can usually find access to docks within close proximity of your meeting or event. Satisfying all ship-to-shore needs, Tideline offers fast, reliable service and one-of-a-kind views guests can only get from the water.
For an only-in-San-Francisco experience, consider chartering your own vintage Muni streetcar. Muni’s streetcars can transport your group, or serve as a mobile venue for up to 60 people (two-hour minimum). Plus, you can serve food and drink on them. Simply identify your pick-up and drop-off locations, choose which streetcar in a fleet of 55 you’d like to reserve, select your route (use an existing line or create your own) and submit a request to Muni at least two months prior to your event. One of the greenest fleets in the nation, Muni streetcars offer something truly special for your next corporate get-together or celebration.
Landmark Cable Cars
Not to be confused with Muni streetcars, Muni cable cars run on steel rails and can be distinctly identified by slower speeds (9 mph) and a lack of overhead wires. Dating back to 1873, cable cars were invented in San Francisco specifically to climb the city’s steep hills. While many cities once utilized this type of transportation model, San Francisco is the last city in the world to operate a fleet of cable cars — making them one of the few National Historic Landmarks guests can actually ride. With a capacity of 35-40 and a two-hour minimum, Muni cable cars can be reserved with two months advanced notice and options to select an existing route or create your own. Alternatively, enjoy more flexibility with Classic Cable Cars, a 20-plus fleet of cable cars on wheels. Just don't forget to remind your guests to ring that bell!