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GENERAL INFORMATION
Tipping Guidelines: Tipping is expected in the U.S. Below are some guidelines to follow:
Waiters usually receive 15–20% of the bill. In some cases, the tip is automatically
added to your bill. You should always check before adding a gratuity.
Maids usually receive $1-$2 per room per day. You should leave the tip daily
and not at the end of your stay.
Taxi drivers usually receive 15% of the fare.
Doormen, Skycaps, and porters usually receive $1/bag
Transportation/Getting Around
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART):
BART is the fast, easy, inexpensive way to get to
downtown San Francisco and around the Bay Area. BART operates five routes with
service to 43 stations, including stops at SFO and OAK airports. The closest stations to
ASHG official hotels are the Powell Street station and the Montgomery Street station.
Visit
for further information and station listings. See Map on page 43.
Cable Cars and Historic Street Cars
(
operated by MUNI): San Francisco’s vintage
electric streetcars run along the F-line. Stops can be found every few blocks on Market
Street and The Embarcadero between the Castro District and Fisheman’s Wharf (often
near glass bus stop shelters). The cable streetcars run along Powell Street to Hyde
or Mason. The California street line goes from California and Market to California and
Van Ness (a less crowded option)! If you are unsure what the difference is between
cable cars and streetcars, remember: a street car has a trolley pole connected to an
overhead wire, while a cable car runs on street rails and has no overhead wires.
Parking:
View the Convention Center’s parking map at
to find a
nearby parking garage. You can also visit the SFMTA Web site at
for
information on parking around the city.
San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI):
MUNI provides transit within the city and
county of San Francisco 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can buy a Visitor
Pass for unlimited rides on MUNI, including cable cars (good for three or seven
consecutive days).
Taxis:
Using taxis is a great way to get around quickly. San Francisco can be
challenging with its steep hills and attractions scattered around the city. The average
price for a taxi from the airport is between $40 and $45, plus 15% tip. Regardless of
what taxi company you select, rates are set for all companies by the San Francisco
Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Below are some taxi companies that
operate in downtown San Francisco. These companies offer ramped mini vans for
those in wheelchairs or with scooters, advance reservations required:
Checker
415-206-1900
DeSoto
415-970-1300
Luxor
415-282-4141
Regents
415-487-1004
Town Taxi
415-401-8900
Yellow
415-626-2345
Walking:
San Francisco is a great city to walk and explore the unique neighborhoods.
All hotels in the ASHG hotel block are within a short walk of the Convention Center.