San Francisco Airport is about 25 minutes from downtown by taxi, which will cost you about $45. The quickest option is to catch an Uber or Lyft, but make sure to walk to the Departures terminal; these services are not allowed to pick up passengers from the Arrivals level. The major public transportation system, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), goes directly from the airport to downtown and across the bridge to the East Bay.
BART trains, Muni trains, buses, cable cars, and trams traverse the city. Most rides cost about $2, and you can buy tickets and passes in any of the stations. If you're getting on a bus, Muni train, or cable car at a street stop, you can pay in cash as long as you provide exact change. Taxis are readily available, as are rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and Flywheel, all of which you can use through apps you can download on your smartphone. It's also fairly easy to rent bicycles from the Bay Area Bike Share program, which has terminals throughout the downtown area.
San Francisco is a great museum city, anchored by three landmark buildings. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) offers an eclectic contemporary collection. The de Young Museum, located near the center of Golden Gate Park, focuses on the art of the Americas. The Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, houses a strong collection of European art and high-profile visiting exhibitions. Travelers will also find a burgeoning gallery scene and street art scene throughout the city. Wander the alleys of the Mission, and try to find the city's four Diego Rivera murals. The Bay Area’s legacy as the home of Beat poets, funk artists, and jazz innovators lends additional cultural variety to the mix.
Summer music festivals like Outsidelands and weekly Sunday Streets block parties provide plenty of entertainment, and June's Gay Pride Festival is a month-long celebration of equality. On the first Sunday of each month, flea market aficionados should look for the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, a huge market on an old navy base in the nearby East Bay.