Enjoying one's visit in San Francisco is easy on a budget. By using a few smart tips, any traveler can create the ultimate California experience and enjoy time in this diverse, vibrant and fun city.

First, one will want to choose motels in San Francisco that are located near the bus station. One can also find San Francisco motels that are located near train stations if one plans on traveling to other parts of California during one's stay. Choosing cheap motels in San Francisco that are located near public transportation will help you cut down on the total costs of your trip.

To cut down additionally on the cost of your trip, you can find a San Francisco motel that offers a free shuttle service from the airport. There are plenty of motels in San Francisco, CA with a free shuttle service that will also drop you off on Lombard Street or in other parts of downtown San Francisco. The public transportation system is also manageable in the city, and visitors can purchase tickets ahead of time and look at the schedules.

Taking a free walking tour is one way to enjoy the sights of the city on a budget. Also, San Francisco walking tours are pet friendly. Visitors must be sure to check out Fisherman s wharf and ride on one of the cable cars. Riding on a cable car is a cheap way to get breathtaking views of South San Francisco.

Visitors can also gain free entrance to many museums in San Francisco. The Museum of the City of San Francisco and San Francisco Fire Museum are a couple of freebies in town. The Cable Car Museum is another fascinating place to visit on a budget. Lastly, another cost-effective way to enjoy one's time in the city is to simply grab a beer and watch the sunset at the Beach Chalet.

For affordable food options in the city, Mission Street is the place to go. From the roaming taco truck to the adorable cafes lining the street, visitors will be able to enjoy a delicious meal at a low cost.
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Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn

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1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
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1 Mile from SFO, Daily Free Breakfast Snack 4:30am - 9:30am, 24 Hr free shuttle. Downtown San Francisco, 14 miles north, is easily accessed by BART transit. read more
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Travelodge Golden Gate

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San Francisco, CA 94123
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Situated in San Francisco, this motel is close to Presidio Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, and Lombard Street. Also nearby are University of San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf. read more
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La Luna Inn, a C-Two Hotel

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2599 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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Located in San Francisco's Marina district, this revamped 1960's-style motor inn is the closest hotel to the Golden Gate Bridge. Nearby attractions include Fisherman's Wharf, the Palace of the Fine Arts, and Exploratorium museums. read more
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Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel

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105 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044
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Overlooking the ocean from Rockaway Beach, the hotel is 1 mile from Pacifica State Beach and 2 miles from Pacifica Pier. The airport is 10 miles east and San Francisco is 12 miles north of the hotel. read more
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San Francisco Inn

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385 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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This motel is located in San Francisco (South of Market), close to Concourse Exhibit Center, Union Square, and Louise Davies Symphony Hall. Also nearby are Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and Westfield San Francisco Center Shopping Mall. read more
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City Center Inn & Suites

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240 7th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
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6 blocks south of Market Street, this downtown San Francisco motel is just over a half mile from the Powell Street cable-car station, 1 mile from Union Square, and 1.4 miles from AT&T Park. read more
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Travelodge San Francisco Airport-North

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326 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
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This 199-room hotel is 2 miles north of San Francisco International Airport and 10 miles from downtown San Francisco. read more
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Civic Center Motor Inn

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364 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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This budget-friendly San Francisco motel is 0.3 miles from the Civic Center and 1 mile from Union Square, AT&T Park, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Fisherman's Wharf is 2.4 miles away. read more
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Travelodge at the Presidio

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2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
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This motel is located in San Francisco (Marina District), close to Presidio Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, and Exploratorium. Also nearby are University of San Francisco and Lombard Street. read more
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El Camino Inn

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7525 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014
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Situated near the airport, in the city center, this motel is close to Serramonte Center, San Francisco State University, and Westlake Shopping Center. Local attractions also include Fort Funston and City College of San Francisco. read more
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