Living in San Francisco without a car

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First, some assumptions from early 2018:

  • Two adults and one child (when paying for transit)
  • Car ownership cost of $540/month ($300/month parking +$120/month depreciation +$100/month maintenance +$20/month registration and fees)
  • $3.60/gallon gas price
  • 24 miles/gallon

Example round trip of 11 miles to San Bruno for 5.5 hours (early 2018)


Round trip cost One-way time Monthly cost ($)
Car $3.21 (for gas) 17 min $540
Transit $33.75 (2.5x $6.75) 65 min $0
Getaround $40.03 ($36.82, $3.21 gas)
33 min (16 walk, 17 drive)
$0
Zipcar $41.20 ($7.49/hr = $41.20, $0 gas) 24 min (7 walk, 17 drive) $7
Uber $48.99 ($29.77, $19.22) 24 min $0
Turo $51.21 ($48/d, $3.21 gas)
33 min (16 walk, 17 drive)
$0
Rental car $91.08 ($81/d, $3.21 gas + 2.5x$2.75 transit) 36 min (19 transit, 17 drive) $0

Example round trip of 25 miles to Mt. Tamalpais Visitor Center for 12 hours (late 2018)


Round trip cost One-way time Monthly cost ($)
Car $7.32 65 min $540
Transit $18.25 180 min $0
Turo $68.88 ($61.56, $7.32 gas)
75 min (10 walk, 65 drive)
$0
Rental car (S.F.) $89.32 ($82, $7.32 gas) 74 min (9 transit, 65 drive) $0
Zipcar $95.23 (full day) 65 min $7
Rental car (OAK) $102.32 ($68, $27.5 transit, $7.32 gas) 110 min (45 transit, 65 drive)
$0
Uber $120.97 67 min $0
Getaround Not Available

$0
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