Do I need a car to live in San Francisco?

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By DavidC - Posted on
17 June 2014

I will be moving to San Francisco on a fixed contract for two years. I know by reputation that the city is very hilly and walking long distances won't be fun for someone who isn't very active (like myself).

Is the public transportation system in San Francisco good enough for me not to have to get a car? I would prefer not to have to make such a large investment if I'm only going to be staying in the city for a short time.

Any insights would be appreciated.


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Hi David

Whether or not you will need to get a car in San Francisco will depend on factors such as where you live, the availability of public transport and how you intend on spending your time.

If you want to explore the wider area quite frequently, it might be worth your while to invest in a vehicle. At the same time, there are alternatives such as the city's CarShare scheme (which would require you to get a California driver's licence).

Have a look at our Getting Around in San Francisco page for an overview of what your options in the city will be. Also have a look at our Areas and Suburbs in San Francisco page, which gives some indication of the transit options you may have in different parts of the city.

Best of luck,

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