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A WEEKEND IN SAN FRANSISCO ON A BUDGET

So, you’ve planned a quick getaway to San Fransisco? Don’t want to blow the bank? Here is how you can travel to one of our favourite cities in the US on a budget.

Where to stay?

One word – Airbnb. For a third of the price of a hotel you can stay in your favourite San Fran neighbourhood. With Airbnb you can book an entire apartment that provides free WiFi, a full-blown kitchen and all the utensils you may need, which means you can also save money on eating out.

airbnb sf

Where to eat?

La Taqueria

San Fransisco loves there burritos, and La Taqueria knows you to make them delicious and cheap.

2889 Mission St

Liguria Bakery

Their pizza focaccia’s are amazing, and only $5!

700 Stockton St

Love N Haight Deli & Cafe

This pint size deli has a variety of vegetarian and vegan sandwiches available.

553 Haight St

Golden Boy Pizza

For all fellow pizza lovers out there looking for a cheap slice you have to hit up Golden Boy Pizza!

542 Green St

Super Duper Burgers

A burger menu under 10$ – yes please!!

2304 Market St

Any Street Food

In San Fransisco it’s all about the street food. Our favourite place to eat out was Off the Grid, an organisation promoting street food. It has heaps of vendors all in one place, along with music and a bar. You will get food entertainment and nightlife, all in one place!

11 Things To Do For Free

1. Walk or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge
2. Explore the countries largest China Town
3. Have a picnic at the Golden Gate Park
4. Taste some free chocolate samples at Ghirardelli Square
5. Enjoy the amazing architecture
6. Visit the Mission District and marvel at the 200 colourful murals

san fran 1

7. Admire the view from Coit Tower
8. Take a stroll down the famous steep Lombard Street
9. Take a walk through the lively Fishermans Wharf
10. Go see the sea lions at Pier 39
11. Visit the smallest park in the city at Russian Hill

San Fran 2

Do you have any tips and tricks for travelling on a budget?

Stephen and Jess signoff

Featured image sourced via unsplash.com

READ NEXT: EXPLORING THE STEEP STREETS OF SAN FRANSISCO

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  • Camilla

    Great guide!
    Moving from Denmark to Chicago next year and I definitely wanna explore America during my time there (:
    http://cammi.dk

    • Oh wow that is so exciting! Are you moving for work or school?? What made you decide on Chicago?

      • Camilla

        Actually both. Gonna do my master’s degree there for two years, and then work for one with my visa (OPT). I actually always imagined myself living in Texas as I have family there, but I guess I just wanted to try something new. Also, the school definitely meant a great deal (:

        • Lindsey

          Yay! Chicago is an amazing city. You’ll love it here 🙂

  • Allison

    I wish Airbnb existed the last time I was in San Fran! I ended up having to take BART in and out to my accommodation. All excellent tips though!

    Allison
    http://www.headelsewhere.com

    • Oh don’t worry Allison, we continue to think the exact same thing!! We only discovered Airbnb this year and we WISH we could have used over the last few years of travelling — we would of saved SOOO much!

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  • Great recommendations. Love the list of free things to do. I’d add the Presidio as well. Love Crissy Fields and the Plance of the Fine Arts. For hotel’s I’ve also found some really good deals around Union Square from Priceline Express Deals. We just stayed at the Sir Francis Drake for $130 (plus tax) and since we don’t drive our car in it was a piece of cake to get to from BART. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for your important Megan 🙂 The Sir Francis Drake sounds perfect!

  • The Redwood forests are amazing aren’t they!! Tallest trees we had ever seen

  • Oh yes, forgot to mention the Full House house!!! We LOVE San Fransisco too 😀

  • Ohh are you from San Fran?

  • San Francisco has always been my #1 spot to visit in the US. It’ll probably be a while before I can set foot there but for now I’m bookmarking this so I can keep it in mind 🙂 Gorgeous photos!

  • Martin Hossell

    Thanks for these blogs, I am gathering up information on the build up to my trip to these places

  • Latisha Marcum

    This makes me want to just get up and do it! I’ve been wanting to travel for a while now and it seems like things keep popping up, I just need to take charge and go for it! Sounds like such an exciting trip! Do you have any tips on traveling alone? My uncle lives in San Fran and I’m thinking about maybe making a trip over there next week to see him! I’ve never been, but I’m so ready to step outside of my comfort zone and reinvest in myself!