The national currency is the US dollar. The symbol is $. There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar banknotes and 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cent coins
The official language is English, although you’ll come across many Spanish speakers throughout the state of California. For non-English speakers, remember to take a basic dictionary.
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has flights to the main destinations in the country and receives incoming flights from Europe, Asia and Oceania.
The time in the city is UTC –8:00.
Cold and rainy winters, above all in January and February, and dry summers, July and August. Mean annual temperature is 14ºC. In spring and summer there is often fog, due to the contrast between the cold air from the Pacific Ocean and the heat of the California peninsula.
Electricity in the United States is 110 V at 60 Hz. The American-type plugs have two flat pins, so you may need an adapter for your electrical devices.
In general, shops are open Monday to Saturday from 09:30 or 10:00 to 18:00 or 19:00. In Chinatown, they usually close later.
The main tourist information centre is San Francisco Visitor Information Center, at 900 Market Street. They can answer any questions you have about discount cards, times, city maps, etc. Web: http://www.sanfrancisco.travel
Martin Luther King Day, third Monday in January. Presidents Day, third Monday in February. Memorial Day, last Monday in May. Labour Day, first Monday in September. Columbus Day, second Monday in October.
The emergency number for all services is 911. For more information, go to: sfdem.org