The cost of getting from Florida and California to San Francisco can be high.
To save money, some people are taking advantage of swing train tours that will take them through rural areas and bring them into San Francisco.
Here’s how to plan it.
SUNDAY NIGHT OUTSIDE SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco to Los Angeles route will start at the end of this weekend.
You’ll arrive in San Francisco at 11:30 p.m. on Friday.
It’ll take about six hours to get to Los Angles at 4:30 a.m., then drive back to San Fran.
You can book swing train tickets for the entire trip, or you can make your own swing train itinerary by picking up the tickets at a swing station near you.
DAYTIME STAYING SAN FRISCO The San Francisco-to-Los Angeles trip will cost $35, including tip.
You will need to book swing tickets for about the entire day and you can do this on Friday or Saturday.
STAYING AT THE RAPIDS, MISSOURI The same $35 to $40 swing train ticket includes staying at the Rocky Mountain Inn.
It’s a 3,000-square-foot hotel in the middle of a town in Iowa, just a few miles from the city of Rochester.
It has a full breakfast and dinner buffet, a spa, and a gym.
There’s a full-service bar, as well as a barbershop.
You must book a swing-train ticket for at least the first two nights in advance.
THE SUNDAY NIGHT TOUR The swing train is a great way to see how much money you’ll save by not buying a ticket.
You’re looking at saving $10,000 on the swing train.
You could save even more if you buy a ticket online, but you may be paying extra for a swing barbershops, massage therapists, and more.
The same ticket will save you about $1,400.
TRAVELER BEDTIME There’s no rush to book a trip to San Franciscos.
You may want to book the swing-tour or swing-station itinerary online before you head out on the trip.
Just like on the day of the swing, you’ll want to arrive at a time when there are fewer people in town and it’s less crowded.
You should book the day before the swing day so you don’t end up at the wrong hotel on the night of the trip if people arrive later.
GOING WITH A GROUP OF FIVE Or if you’re not comfortable with going solo, you can book with a group of friends, or use a private reservation.
You don’t have to book with the swing tour if you have a private room, but the swing will still take a long time.
Just be sure to book as many of your friends as you can, and you’ll have a much better chance of staying in the swing.
DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 1 FRIDAY NIGHT OUT: SAN FRISTOCOSA The next day, Friday, March 1, you should book swing-rail tickets at swing-teams.com and pay for the trip in advance of the day you book the tickets.
You might want to add a ride-share option to the itinerary, which allows you to rent a ride from the same swing-team that you booked the tickets for.
The swing-stations will also be closed on Saturday.
You won’t have a chance to meet the swing team.
SAN FRISco TO LA GUEST STAYS The first swing-traps are held from the beginning of March until April 10.
The next day you should go to the next swing-day, April 1, at 2 p.g.
You have to be a swing team member to stay.
TAXI-TICKET STAYERS It’s a good idea to book your own ticket, as swing trains usually only take a couple of people.
If you can’t afford to pay for your own tickets, try renting a swing ticket for $50 per person.
DON’T MISS THE MOVIES The movies will be playing during the swing trains on Saturday, March 3.
The movies are the same as on any other swing- train tour, so you should still make sure to get the schedule right.
There are some movies that are only played on swing trains.
You need to be 21 or older to see them.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SWING TRAINS The last swing train on the weekend is the first swing train you’ll see on a swing tour.
When you book your tickets, it will say “swing train schedule” in the booking window.
That’s because most of the tickets are free.
You pay about $15 for each swing train, which is less than what the swing tours charge for tickets.