San Francisco Lunar New Year Travel & Transit Updates
Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in many Asian communities. Diverse San Franciscan communities including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese people have long celebrated this festive occasion. For many, the Lunar New Year brings a fresh mindset and resolutions for happiness and health. A zodiac animal with specific traits represents each year in the repeating zodiac cycle of 12 years. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, the third animal in the zodiac. The tiger is considered courageous and adventurous.
The holiday follows the moon's cycles and usually begins in late January or early February. This year Lunar New Year begins February 1.
Fun Fact: In the lunar calendar, the Vietnamese zodiac and the Chinese zodiac are similar, but the Vietnamese zodiac includes a cat while the Chinese zodiac includes a rabbit.
As we enter the Year of the Tiger, join SFMTA in supporting Asian heritage events throughout January and February:
Temporary Service Changes
The following pages contain information regarding service impacts and extra services for each event. These pages will be updated as event details are finalized. Please check each of these pages for the latest information.
- February 5-6: Flower Fair
- February 18-20: Parade Setup and Takedown
- February 19: Chinese New Year Parade
- February 19-20: Chinese New Year Community Street Fair
Free Fares for Lunar New Year Weekend
Enjoy free fares to and from the Chinese New Year Parade & Community Street Fair. Muni buses, light rail, historic street cars, and cable cars, will be free all Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20. Read more about Free Muni Lunar New Year Weekend.
Save time and avoid crowds by purchasing your fare before boarding Muni.
MuniMobile is the easiest way buy your tickets for any Muni services instantly before you ride. Skip the lines and buy tickets ahead of time or on the go, then activate when you are ready to ride. With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare.
Customers may also use a preloaded Clipper card, or purchase tickets at Muni Metro Embarcadero station.