Life on the road can be pricey, but fear not dear traveler!
We've rounded up a batch of discounts for guests, from neighborhood businesses as well as some major attractions. Most of the places listed below are within a few blocks of our hostel.
Arts and Recreation
American Conservatory Theater - One of San Francisco's most prominent stages, ACT offers half-price "rush" tickets to our hostel guests and HI USA members. Simply go to the box office up to 2 hours before showtime, and showing your membership card or paid receipt from your current hostel stay. The price of your ticket will vary between $7.25 and $40.00, based on the day of the week and seating section you choose. Tickets must be paid for in cash, and are subject to availability. ACT is located near Union Square, just a block from our hostel.
California Academy of Sciences - Named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the "New Wonders of the World," the California Academy of Sciences is the only place on Earth to combine a natural history museum, aquarium, planetarium, four-story rainforest dome, and world-class research and education facility under one roof. Blending seamlessly into the beautiful landscape of Golden Gate Park, the Academy is the world’s largest public green building, and is topped with a living roof -- a 2.5-acre expanse of native California plants that provide a habitat for birds, butterflies, and insects. Experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the Universe -- all in one place by visiting the "Greenest Museum in the World." The Academy offers our guests 15 percent off tickets for both general admission and Thursday NightLife events. To receive the discount, go to calacademy.org/etickets2 and click on "Create new user account using existing Sales Code" (just below the orange "login" button). Enter the Sales Code "SFHostels" and password "penguin" (both are case sensitive), then proceed with your order. Note: Discounted tickets must be purchased online or at our front desk.
de Young Museum of Fine Arts – The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition and was originally known as the Memorial Museum. Thirty years later, it was renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, a longtime champion of the museum. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog and de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It showcases the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Africa, Oceania and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art. Guests staying at any of HI USA's San Franscisco hostels get 20 percent off an Oscar de la Renta exhibition non-member ticket when booking through the museum's website. Use the discount code HIUSA20 at checkout.
Incredible Adventures - Incredible Adventures is an outdoor tour company that specializes in adventures – from the tame to the extreme – around San Francisco. The company uses eco-friendly vehicles to transport local and international travelers to nearby destinations, including the majestic redwoods in Muir Woods and the breathtaking vistas of Yosemite. HI USA guests staying at any of the HI San Francisco hostels receive a 10% discount when booking online for a tour. Just use the code “HIUSA” when making your booking, and be sure to check with front desk agents for local deals that might apply for even more savings! Some of the tours offered by Incredible Adventures include:
Muir Woods and Sonoma Wine Country Tour (now with BEER)
Get the best of two worlds in this single day trip starting with a visit to the towering coastal Redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument. The tour ends with some sipping and swirling at family-owned boutique wineries and a brewery in Sonoma Wine Country.
Regular price: $119. Book in person or online.
Napa and Sonoma Wine Education Tour
This tour features a one-of-a-kind tour through the Benzinger Family Winery where you’ll learn about the science and art of biodynamic winemaking. Once you’re armed with the knowledge, it’s on to more wineries in the Sonoma and Napa wine regions for tastings. This tour includes lunch.
Regular price: $149. Book in person or online.
Yosemite National Park in a Day
Sample the best that the amazing Yosemite National Park has to offer during this single day excursion. You’ll get free time to explore some of the park’s greatest hits, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and El Capitan.
Regular price: $169. Book in person or online.
Yosemite National Park 2-Day Overnight
This overnight tour will allow you to explore the national park with hikes through magical Giant Sequoia Trees and the iconic Yosemite Valley. With comfortable overnight accommodation and the opportunity to take in the breathtaking views from Glacier Point, this tour is a great way to get the Yosemite experience. The tour runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October.
Regular price: $449 for double occupancy. Book in person or online.
Yosemite National Park 3-Day Camping Tour
Get to know the ins and outs of the park during this 3-day excursion. The tour includes two nights of camping alongside the Merced River and three days of exploring the park’s High Country, Giant Sequoia Groves and the Yosemite Valley with a professional guide to lead you throughout. The 3-day tour runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from May to October.
Regular price: $459 but there’s a special hostel rate for $409 when booking at the hostel’s front desk (you can also use the “HIUSA” promo code to get an additional 10% discount), or you can book online.
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours offers our guests a discounted rate of $18-22 per day (reg. $28-32) for city-ready mountain and hybrid bike. Helmet, lock, rear rack, camera bag, bungie cord, and map included in cost of rental. Performance, tandem, and other specialty bikes are also available. Just bring a flyer from the hostel to qualify for the discount.
Bike and Roll San Francisco offers a discounted rate of $18 a day (reg. $32 per day) for a standard bike rental. The rental cost includes a helmet, lock, rear rack, camera bag, bell, map and flat protection. Performance, tandem, and other specialty bikes are available, as well as in-line skates. Bring your hostel key card or receipt from your booking to qualify for this discount.
For more on biking in San Francisco, see: Cycle the city with self-guided San Francisco bike routes.