Enjoy stunning views and unique neighbourhoods in this beautiful city

San Francisco Travel Guide

If you’re looking for a taste of why San Francisco is such a fabulous city, then you have come to the right place.

Find out what makes San Francisco famous, take a look at some of its popular sights and discover how to spend your time in and around the city.

Silicon Valley

It's seen as one of California's creative hubs: Google, Facebook and Twitter are all based in the San Francisco area.


You will find Chinatown, North Beach, Pacific Heights and 33 other diverse and fascinating neigbourhoods to explore!


Old and new come together beautifully, especially in the city's architecture which is an interesting mix of Victorian and modern styles.


San Francisco is known as America’s best restaurant city. Make sure you sample the many cuisines it has to offer.

Public Holidays on a Weekday

  • 1 Jan
  • 18 Jan
  • 15 Feb
  • 31 Mar
  • 30 May
  • 4 July
  • 5 Sep
  • 10 Oct
  • 11 Nov
  • 24 Nov
  • 25 Nov
  • 26 Dec

Useful information


All EC San Francisco students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay in the U.S.

Driving Age

The minimum driving age is 16 years but most rental companies require that you be at least 25 years old, have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card.

Drinking Age

Legal age for drinking in the US is 21 and many places will ask for identification.

Costs of Living

  • $1

    1 litre of milk

  • $ 1.50

    2 litres of water

  • $2.00

    A loaf of bread

  • $3.75

    Big Mac

  • $1

    Can of Coke

  • $2

    Coffee in a café

  • $29

    Cost of sim card

  • $5 - $10

    Entrance to clubs

  • $3.50


  • $20

    Average 2 course meal