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What Things Cost in California (US$)

Taxi from SFO or LAX to downtown $35-$40

Moderate hotel room, double occupancy $150-$200

Cup of coffee (Peets or Starbucks) $1.80

1 gallon of regular gas $3.25-$3.50

Admission to museums $10-$25

Glass of Napa Valley red wine $7-$15

Bus or streetcar fare for adults $2

Cable car fare $5

Fine for expired parking meter $35-$60

SuperShuttle from your hotel to SFO or LAX $17-$25

Dinner for one, without wine, expensive $45

Dinner for one, without wine, moderate $25

Dinner for one, without wine, inexpensive $12


Admission to most national parks $15-$25

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.