San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf area is a destination for a large majority of visitors, and many take advantage of the historic streetcar service along the Embarcadero. The distance is enough for a very vigorous walk, but the streetcar is much more convenient. Increasingly however, visitors find that the Muni public streetcars to *leave* Fisherman’s Wharf are consistently overfilled and with very long lines. We’ve seen this personally and had similar feedback from many other San Francisco visitors.
The good news is that there is a fun way to get from the Wharf (or any San Francisco destination) along the Embarcadero, including AT&T Park for Giants baseball! Pedicabs are “human-powered” carts that take you around the City at rates that are generally similar to a taxicab. The difference is that you get fresh air, some useful advice about the City, and help out someone to stay in shape and make some extra money. It’s a unique and fun way to see the City, and particularly convenient along the Embarcadero’s stretch from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ferry Building and on to the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park.
Pedicabs can also offer tours, and provide friendly information on San Francisco, while enjoying an eco-friendly ride. The typical cost to go from Fisherman’s Wharf to Embarcadero Center is approximately $20 for 2 adults. The maximum a pedicab can safely carry is two adults and two children. After that, you need a 2nd pedicab. Typical areas for the pedicabs are along the Embarcadero – and you can also ride to most major hotels throughout Union Square, Chinatown, and around the City.
One of the cooler companies to try out (all pedicabs are not the same) is Golden Gate Pedicabs. Look for them around the Ferry Buiding and Wharf or better yet, pre-reserve a ride so you won’t have to wait at 415-777-6999.