I had planned to walk up to Coit Tower but it was a very warm day so I decided to take the bus rather then walk the steep streets instead. Bus 39 goes to Coit Tower and the very nice filipino driver was happy to chat and share some travel stories on the drive up there. I didn't have a lot of time and there was a line for the elevators so I decided to just stay at ground level but still had excellent views of the bay, bridges and city.
I also took a walk down the Filbert steps to look at the beautiful gardens and flowers backing on to the steps, returning up to the Tower for the return bus. Parking in the area seemed a problem, with cars being turned away by an attendent due to permit types so the bus is definitely a convenient, cheap and easy option if you dont want to walk up. Definitely worth a visit on a clear day, even if not going up the tower itself.More