Travel Tips for San Francisco and The Moscone Center

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We're thrilled to be in San Francisco for 2018. The area offers great housing product, innovation, and is the hub of technology. We're back in the City, and here to stay!

Located just off I-80 and blocks from Union Square, the Moscone Center is about as central as it gets. It’s walking distance to hotels, restaurants, museums, attractions, public transit and more.

Moscone Center is undergoing a massive renovation, which is scheduled for completion in late 2018, adding more space, more light, and a modern feel. You'll love the changes to the building and the experience.

Administrative Office Address:
Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 | (415) 974-4000.
Google Map

Information below is courtesy of The Moscone Center  and San Francisco Travel.

From San Francisco International Airport
Exit airport "North on Interstate 101" then follow directions below.

North on Interstate 101
Take 80 East. Then take the 4th Street Exit. Take a left on Bryant, a left on Third and a left on Howard. The Moscone Center is located on the 700 block of Howard Street. You'll find Moscone South on your left.

Via the Bay Bridge
Take the Fremont Street Exit to Howard Street and turn left on Howard. The Moscone Center is located on the 700 block of Howard Street. You'll find Moscone South on your left.

Via the Golden Gate Bridge
Take the Lombard Street exit to Van Ness Avenue. Turn right on Van Ness. Travel south to Grove. This will be approximately two miles. Turn left on Grove Street. Continue to Market Street. Cross Market Street and travel south on 8th Street to Folsom. Turn left on Folsom, left on Third and left on Howard. The Moscone Center is located on the 700 block of Howard Street. You'll find Moscone South on your left.

Moscone Center does not include a public parking facility. Listed below are public parking garages in close proximity to the facility, each of which provide certain spaces reserved for use by authorized, handicapped individuals.

Fifth & Mission Parking Garage
833 Mission Street (between Fourth & Fifth streets, adjacent to Moscone West)
(415) 982-8522 x18

Hearst Parking Center
45 Third Street (45 Third Street (entrance on Stevenson, 2 blocks from Moscone South/North)
(415) 989-4000

Moscone Center Garage
255 Third Street (Folsom & Howard, across the street from Moscone South's Esplanade Ballroom)
(415) 777-2782 (garage)
(415) 538-7888 (office)

Museum Parc Garage
300 Third Street (entrance on Third and on Folsom streets)
(415) 348-0304

When it comes to airports, you can choose from three: San Francisco International Airpoert (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), or San Jose Airport (SJC).

For detailed information on traveling into the city using BART, ride-sharing apps, shuttles, taxis, trains and more, check out SF Travel's comprehensive transportation guide.

Hotel reservations are open. Convention Housing Management (CHM) is the only official housing service provider to PCBC 2018. If you receive any solicitations from other vendors incorrectly identifying themselves as the official PCBC 2018 Housing Representative, we ask that you please contact Show Management immediately.

It's foodie heaven in the City, and SF Travel has compiled a list of 13 restaurants to consider for your Instagram. Check out the list here.

Muni is San Francisco’s bus and metro system that runs throughout the city, operating buses, trains, cable cars and the F-line heritage streetcar. Muni buses remain above ground and on streets while Muni Metro runs on rails and sometimes go underground. Bus stops come in many forms: small bus shelters, yellow paint on street poles, and white paint on streets. Metro stops can be found on an island in the middle of the street and in underground stations. Using the Metro Map, find the nearest Metro to your location. Find more information on how to use Muni and Muni Metro.
For all Muni routes and times, you can call 511. There are also many smartphone apps, including the 511 SF Bay Transit Trip Planner app, that provides maps, routes and times.

Cable Cars and Street Cars
Cable cars and street cars are San Francisco’s historic public transit cars. Cable cars are located downtown and run on three lines: Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California Street. The F-Line streetcar runs up and down Market Street all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. Pay the conductor onboard or purchase tickets in advance at multiple locations or via smartphone using the MuniMobile app. Exact change is your only option when you are onboard the vehicles.

Ride Sharing
There are a few on-demand car services to choose from, most of them started by San Francisco locals. To use them, you must first download the app, register, and set up a credit card payment system. Uber and Lyft both offer options to request a private car service as well as shared car options for a discounted rate, such as Lyft Line and uberPOOL. To use these services, set a pick-up location and destination in the app. Within minutes, you will be matched with a driver. Make sure to communicate with your driver; call, text, or wave down their car and always confirm that you are getting in the correct vehicle.

As is customary in most U.S. cities, visitors may hail a taxi directly or use a smartphone app.

San Francisco Visitor Passport & CityPASS
If you are staying for more than one day, Visitor Passports and CityPASS are useful because they provide unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars and cable cars. There are multiple locations throughout the city where you may purchase tickets and day passes, including the San Francisco Travel Visitor Information Center, where the VIC staff and volunteers curate the San Francisco experience, providing one-on-one interaction with visitors from around the world. Find the VIC at the Powell and Market cable car turnaround at 900 Market St.

  • 1-Day Visitor Passport: $21
  • 3-Day Visitor Passport: $32
  • 7-Day Visitor Passport: $42
  • Adult CityPASS: $94
  • Children ages 5-11 CityPASS: $69

Clipper Card
The Clipper Card is an easy way to use the various modes of public transportation throughout San Francisco. Purchasing this pre-loaded card gives you access to BART, Muni buses, Muni Metro, and cable cars. When you board, hold the card over a scanner and listen for the beep to make sure that you have an adequate balance on your card for your fare. Be warned: fines are steep and Muni personnel check frequently for fare evasion. Cards can be bought at multiple locations and refilled at Muni/BART stations.

Transportation Costs
For reference, here are typical prices for various transportation options around the city as of July 2017

  • BART from SFO to SF downtown: round-trip $17.90, one way $8.95.
  • BART from OAK to SF downtown: round-trip $20.40, one way $10.20.
  • Single Ride Muni Bus/Train: $2.75 ($2.50 with a Clipper Card or the Muni Mobile App). Single Ride Cable Car Ticket: $7.
  • Ride sharing (like Uber and Lyft) is typically under $15 for most trips around the city.
  • Taxis are typically under $20 for most trips around the city.