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The Best Of San Francisco MUNI’s M Line

Picture of Amanda Limond
Updated: 7 December 2016
In San Francisco, public transportation is a crucial part of life—but unfortunately, it is a bit difficult to master. One of the Muni’s central train lines, the M, runs from Ocean View all the way to the Embarcadero and is extremely popular amongst college students and people who work downtown.

West Portal

West Portal is basically a mini utopia — you can find literally anything you’d need here, from clothes to a place to ship out packages to a shoe repair shop. The biggest draw here is the cafes and awesome restaurants!

West Portal © Amanda Limond
West Portal | © Amanda Limond

Forest Hill

Get off at Forest Hill to look at the station’s beautiful facade. Amidst beautiful huge trees, picturesque views of houses, and San Francisco’s famous hills, the facade of the building looks like California’s small version of Grand Central Station. This stop also connects with a bus that offers a quick ride to the Haight!

Forest Hill © Telmo32/Flickr
Forest Hill | © Telmo32/Flickr


What else even needs to be said here? A stop in the iconic Castro district could lead to a show at the Castro Theatre, a hot cookie and coffee from an old cafe, a history lesson, or even colorful festivals during the holidays. The Castro is also a popular area for dog owners and families.


Get off the MUNI at Church to head to Dolores Park, San Francisco’s legendary and exceptionally stunning public park. Come to Dolores for sweeping views of the city and the chance to relax.

Dolores Park © Amanda Limond
Dolores Park | © Amanda Limond

Van Ness

Van Ness is the stop for music fans. The Regency Ballroom is a cool venue that hosts many concerts, and an AMC Theatre can be found off of this stop as well. Get your entertainment fix here!

100 Van Ness © SPUR/Flickr
100 Van Ness | © SPUR/Flickr

Civic Center

This station is home to exactly what it sounds like — the Civic Center. At this stop, City Hall, various government buildings, and the beautiful Civic Center can all be toured and enjoyed any day of the week, and they even have sprawling lawns to sit on!

Hall Upon the Mall © David Goehring/Flickr
Hall Upon the Mall | © David Goehring/Flickr


If you’re looking for the heart of San Francisco, Powell is for you. Union Square and Chinatown are both easily accessible from here, so be prepared to shop until you drop or eat a delicious Asian feast!

Powell Street © Brent/Flickr
Powell Street | © Brent/Flickr


Montgomery is an interesting stop known for its sushi burrito (sushirrito) restaurant. It’s also home to Belden Place — along this adorable string lighted street, you can find a place to sit, people-watch, and enjoy the bustling street.


Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, the Embarcadero, the Bay Bridge, and the port to get on a ferry to Alcatraz are all just a short walk from this stop. This is the last stop on the M line, but it is also quite possibly the most exciting one!

The Bay Bridge at Night © Bryce Edwards/Flickr
The Bay Bridge at Night | © Bryce Edwards/Flickr