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Old 01-28-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Hey there!

I'm flying in to SFO, renting a car, and driving down to San Jose for work. I have the afternoon and evening to spend in San Francisco, though. Rather than drive downtown and deal with the parking mess, what are my options for parking at a BART station and taking the train in?

Current plan: drive to the San Bruno station, park there, take the train in, explore, and return in the evening to drive south.

Itinerary:
- Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Check out the Pacific Heights/Financial District area
- Dinner @ the Greens Restaurant (I'll be a single diner, is that a decent spot?)
- Possibly see a movie at either the Paradiso or Kabuki theaters

My questions:
- Do you think the lot will be full in the mid-afternoon?
- Is there another station I should consider?
- How often do trains run around 3pm and 9 or 10pm?
- Is the area safe enough that if I leave my suitcase out of sight in the trunk and no valuables in the car, I can trust I'll return and still have everything?
- Any additions/subtractions to the itinerary?


Thanks a million in advance!

- Kat
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Hey there!

I'm flying in to SFO, renting a car, and driving down to San Jose for work. I have the afternoon and evening to spend in San Francisco, though. Rather than drive downtown and deal with the parking mess, what are my options for parking at a BART station and taking the train in?

Current plan: drive to the San Bruno station, park there, take the train in, explore, and return in the evening to drive south.

Itinerary:
- Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Check out the Pacific Heights/Financial District area
- Dinner @ the Greens Restaurant (I'll be a single diner, is that a decent spot?)
- Possibly see a movie at either the Paradiso or Kabuki theaters

My questions:
- Do you think the lot will be full in the mid-afternoon?
- Is there another station I should consider?
- How often do trains run around 3pm and 9 or 10pm?
- Is the area safe enough that if I leave my suitcase out of sight in the trunk and no valuables in the car, I can trust I'll return and still have everything?
- Any additions/subtractions to the itinerary?


Thanks a million in advance!

- Kat
The San Bruno BART station should be OK to park at. They have a 3 or 4 story parking garage. The BART station is a short walk to the Tanforan Mall which has lots of parking. I think you will be safe if you put your stuff in the trunk and park by lighting. BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit

BART runs from about 4am to about midnight weekdays. I would get off at the Powell St. subway station. There is a cable car stop above the subway station and it's a 2 block walk to Union Square. The BART station for the finacial district is at Montgomery St. I don't think you will have time to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a long bus ride from downtown.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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you may consider to take a bus tour and be able to see most of SF attractions in 2 hours:

Hop-On Hop-Off San Francisco Double-Decker Tour (Bus) from All San Francisco Tours
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Mountain Ranch, CA The heart of Calaveras County
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You would go to a movie while you're in one of the coolest cities on earth?

Sorry, this qualifies for me as a "You know you can see a movie anytime, right?" moments
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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If you want to see the bridge(worth it, in my opinion) go ahead and drive into the City. Parking outside the Financial District, especially in the middle of the day, is not that big of a deal and most spaces in chiefly residential areas are not metered, so you can park for free for an hour or so, then move on to your next spot.

I'd agree on ditching the movie in favor of exploring a neighborhood or two (Haight, North Beach, Mission, Chinatown and Castro are favorites), or taking in a museum, doing a bay cruise, touring Alcatraz, shopping Union Square, driving up to Twin Peaks, or something along those lines.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:37 AM
 
Location: South Korea
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The Kabuki theater is nothing special at all, it's owned by the Sundance Channel or something like that now and is basically just a slightly upscale ordinary movie theater. (when you buy your ticket, they ask you if you want to pay a few bucks extra for carbon offsets or something doofy like that)

If you have to go to a movie theater, go somewhere like the Castro. Really nice inside and they do some good repetoire stuff and cool film series now and then.
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