HostelBookers Logo
Website feedback

Customer Travel Tips for San Francisco

85% Avg. city rating Rated by 1663 customers

Activities / excursions 92%

Restaurants / eating out 87%

Shopping 84%

Chilling out / relaxing 82%

Getting around / public transport 86%

Sightseeing 92%

Culture 89%

Nightlife / partying 80%

Value for money 74%

Customer Travel Tips for San Francisco

Read a selection of great customer tips provided by HostelBookers customers like you

91% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
91% Avg. rating


09 May 2017

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: explore public transport it is easy

Liked: Friendly for travellers

Disliked: no

96% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 100%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


17 Mar 2017

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Bring comfortable shoes!

Liked: There were so many things things to do! Four days was definitely not enough!

Disliked: Wish there was more going on at night during the week.

89% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
89% Avg. rating


30 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: It's expensive but you can find good cheap food.

Liked: It's a beautiful city. There's lots to do.

Disliked: Homelessness

91% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
91% Avg. rating


19 Sep 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: Go by foot, skip the taxi or bus. Just walk. Lots to see at night.

Liked: China town was lovely

Disliked: Smelled like pee in a lot of places. Homeless is kinda everywhere.

84% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 100%
84% Avg. rating


16 Aug 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference City break

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Take the long walk/hike to the Golden Gate Bridge, it's worth it.

Liked: Vibrant cities with a lot to offer.

Disliked: It's dirty. Sometimes it feels unsafe.

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
73% Avg. rating


29 Jul 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: Book Alcatraz tickets months in advance if you plan to visit the island. Also entering San Francisco by car from the Oakland side was a nightmare on the bay bridge, very heavy traffic so plan carefully if you want to avoid traffic.

Liked: Getting to see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, highly reccomend cycling over the bridge as opposed to walking or driving. People generally seem friendly and the city as a whole seemed tourist friendly. Fishermans Wharf was also great to see.

Disliked: it is sad to see such high rates of homelessness in the area which leads one to question how that is possible in such an affluent area. Also the availability of Alcatraz tour tickets was extremely disappointing as they sell out weeks in advance, granted this was my fault for not looking into it earlier but they sell out months in advance.

60% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
60% Avg. rating


03 Jul 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
41+

Customer Travel Tip: Expect to see plenty of homeless on every street.

Liked: Weather and visit to Castro.

Disliked: So many homeless people and too much rubbish in the streets.

96% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 100%
  • Shopping - 100%
96% Avg. rating


01 Jun 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture Visiting friends or family

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: Book hotel rooms early.

Liked: The sunset through the mist and over the bridge in the evevings. The hills. The people. The nature. Angel Island.

Disliked: Its an expensive city to visit.

58% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 60%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 20%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
58% Avg. rating


31 May 2016

Travel Type:
As a family with children

Trip Type:
Family Holiday

Age Range:
41+

Customer Travel Tip: Nothing

Liked: Streets houses

Disliked: Lots of homless dirty people

78% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 20%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
78% Avg. rating


05 May 2016

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: No car required but travel distances are far. Public transport is good but not cheap either.

Liked: This is an amazing place to visit - you may never want to leave.

Disliked: This is probably the most expensive place in the world.

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 60%
76% Avg. rating


09 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture Visiting friends or family

Age Range:
18-24

Customer Travel Tip: Chinatown dinner

Liked: Hippies, chinatown

Disliked: Expensive

84% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 40%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 100%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
84% Avg. rating


06 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break Events / festivals Partying / nightlife Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
25-30

Customer Travel Tip: Pier 39

Liked: The cultural elements are nowhere else to be found

Disliked: Some sketchy quarters at night

80% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
80% Avg. rating


05 Apr 2016

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Age Range:
31-40

Customer Travel Tip: Spend more time

Liked: Weather

Disliked: No

87% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 100%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
87% Avg. rating


14 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
City break Shopping

Customer Travel Tip: The golden gate bridge

Liked: The people and the bridge

Disliked: Some times is a litthe cold

73% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 40%
73% Avg. rating


11 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Business / conference

Customer Travel Tip: CAREFULL NOT TO WALK ALONE AT NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN sf

Liked: PACIFIC OCEAN, WEATHER, TREES

Disliked: HOMELESS IN DOWNTOWN....

51% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 40%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 60%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 40%
  • Nightlife / partying - 40%
  • Shopping - 40%
51% Avg. rating


09 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year Visiting friends or family

Customer Travel Tip: Find a local to take you to cool local spots, they are way better than the regular tourist spots.

Liked: Lots of cool neighbourhoods, cute houses

Disliked: Everything is expensive

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 60%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 40%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 100%
76% Avg. rating


08 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With my spouse / partner

Trip Type:
Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Bring lots of money!

Liked: So much to see and do, science museum , Alcatraz , golden gate etc.

Disliked: Public transport was only ok!

80% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 80%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 80%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 80%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 80%
80% Avg. rating


07 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year

Customer Travel Tip: Walk around as much as possible

Liked: Lots f bars

Disliked: Not that safe

89% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 100%
  • Sightseeing - 100%
  • Value for money - 60%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 80%
  • Getting around / public transport - 80%
  • Nightlife / partying - 80%
  • Shopping - 100%
89% Avg. rating


03 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
With friends / other travellers

Trip Type:
Shopping Sightseeing & culture

Customer Travel Tip: Bring alot of money. Stay somewhere central and cycle the golden gate bridge. Also wear spf every day!

Liked: Weather and shopping

Disliked: It's very expensive and public transport is v confusing

76% Avg. rating
  • Activities / excursions - 100%
  • Chilling out / relaxing - 100%
  • Culture - 80%
  • Sightseeing - 60%
  • Value for money - 80%
  • Restaurants / eating out - 60%
  • Getting around / public transport - 60%
  • Nightlife / partying - 60%
  • Shopping - 80%
76% Avg. rating


02 Sep 2015

Travel Type:
Alone

Trip Type:
Backpacking / gap year City break Family Holiday

Customer Travel Tip: Go and see the sea lions by the pier 39!

Liked: San Francisco is a lovely city! Very special, the houses are so beautiful!

Disliked: For me was very crowed!

Showing 1-20 of 1068 reviews
85% Avg. city rating Rated by 1663 customers

Activities / excursions 92%

Restaurants / eating out 87%

Shopping 84%

Chilling out / relaxing 82%

Getting around / public transport 86%

Sightseeing 92%

Culture 89%

Nightlife / partying 80%

Value for money 74%

Why book with hostelbookers?

Thousands of beds and private rooms, close to the things you’re planning to see and do.
With great value hostels and cheap hotels, everything you want to see and do is just a step away.

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to San Francisco?

Contact us directly

Top rated San Francisco Hostels

Read what people have to say about our top rated Hostels in San Francisco

  • 1. HI San Francisco - Downtown 90%
  • 2. USA Hostels San Francisco 88%
  • 3. Green Tortoise Hostel 88%
  • 4. HI San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf 86%
  • 5. HI San Francisco - City Center 83%

Read More On Top Rated Hostels