E-Line Embarcadero – the BEST way to explore San Francisco

My recent visit to the US was for the Google IO Conference in Mountain View California, so i was staying in the Bay Area – but after the event, i was really looking forward to exploring San Francisco on my own this time (the previous time, i did some stupid drunken crunches in Vegas resulting in a stiff back that spoiled my SF plans. don’t ever do something this silly!)

Setting out to explore from the Bay Area, i boarded the CalTrain from Mountain View Station and got down in downtown SF at 4th & King St. in exactly 50 minutes – a delightful journey that takes you through the heart of Silicon Valley.

Once i reached SF, i just boarded the first bus that came along (after asking if it did go to Fishermen’s Wharf). After a fun evening spent at Pier 39, i asked the cop on duty for the best way to get back to the CalTrain station and he suggested that i take the new E-Line. This is where it gets interesting…

San Francisco Giant's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park

San Francisco Giant’s baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park

The E-Line Embarcadero launched just that month, and is one of two historic streetcar lines in San Francisco using actual historic vehicles of different eras! Adding to this is the fact that it meanders alongside the Embarcadero – the most iconic seafront of San Francisco, all the way from the CalTrain station to Fishermen’s Wharf (and back).


So the next time you’re headed to SF, look out for the E-Line and spent an entire day exploring the beautiful seafront with possibly one pitstop at Ferry Terminal. It’ll definitely be a day well spent – my personal guarantee!

More about the E Embarcadero Historic Streetcar Line

The E-Line: Then and Now

Cover photo © and courtesy SFMTA


Exotic Gringo (Kaushal Karkhanis)

Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.

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Rather than returning on the E line, you could take the Powell – Hyde cable car line from Ghirardelli Square (a short walk from Fisherman’s Wharf, and definitely worth a visit) to California Street, where you should transfer to the California Street cable car line back down to the Ferry Building, which is one or two blocks down Market Street from the end of the line. This will take you to the top of Nob Hill, down through both Chinatown and the Financial Districtrct.

Nice article for people planning to visit San Francisco…
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