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Travel to San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
International Airport | Airport
Located South of San Francisco, serving the city, as well as Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the nation's busiest airports, San Francisco International Airport handles domestic flights & international connections to and from the Pacific Rim, Europe and Latin America. San Francisco International Airport currently has three terminals, with a new international terminal, airport transit and rail station soon to join the modern car rental center as airport improvements. Longer term plans include a new runway layout to reduce flight delays in bad weather.
San Francisco International Airport Terminals
San Francisco International Airport is well-served by domestic and international carriers who typically board at standard terminals. San Francisco International Airport has three terminals and a new international terminal. Following are SFO gate and boarding area information and telephone numbers to the domestic and international airlines serving San Francisco International Airport.
America West Airlines: Tel. 800.235.9292
Aeroflot: Tel. 650.615.9278
San Francisco International Airport Transportation
Taxi: Average cab fare from downtown SF: $37-$44.
The Dublin-Pleasanton line travels directly to San Francisco International Airport, but riders on other lines can transfer to it along the way. The SFO station is at International Parking Garage G. From there, walk to your terminal or go up one level for AirTrain, which is free of charge.
SF stations: Downtown: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell, Civic Center. Other SF: 16th & Mission, 24th & Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 4 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 8 a.m. to midnight. Holidays schedules vary; call (415) 989-2278. For exact schedules, use BART's automated trip planner.
Cost: $4.70 one-way from/to SF's Civic Center station. Buy a ticket with cash or credit card at a ticket vending machine before entering the turnstyles. For exact fares, use BART's automated trip planner.
Time: About 30 minutes on the direct Dublin-Pleasanton line, 5-20 minutes more when transferring to the Dublin-Pleasanton from other lines..
The 292, 397 and KX lines travel from downtown San Francisco to San Francisco International Airport. The KX bus provides express service, but does not allow luggage. The 397 runs 24 hours. All lines stop at Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and the International Terminal.
SF Stations: Transbay Terminal (First and Mission streets) and Seventh and Mission streets.
Cost: $1.25 -$3.50, depending on line and direction. Exact cash fare required.
Time to/from downtown to Terminal 2: KX - 25 minutes, others 45-48 mins.
Hours: Varies by line, but only the 397 runs 24 hours. (View entire schedule on SamTrans site)
Caltrain Commuter Rail:
Rail service between downtown San Francisco and Millbrae on weekdays; riders must take the Caltrain Shuttle (free) or the BART shuttle (separate ticket required) to get to San Francisco International Airport. Until weekend Caltrain service resumes in Spring 2004, a weekend bus to Millbrae called Route RRX takes about 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco but doesn't run past 8 p.m.
SF stations: Downtown SF: 4th and King. Other: 22nd Street, Paul Ave., Bayshore.
Time: About 25 minutes to Millbrae, 5-15 more minutes for shuttle or BART to SFO.
Cost: $3.00 one-way. Tickets must be purchased from a ticket machine (cash or credit card) or station agent (cash, check, credit or debit card) before boarding. BART shuttle is $1.50.
Caltrain Shuttle to SFO: Runs from the Millbrae station Monday-Friday until 10 p.m. only, including holidays. Free for riders just off Caltrain and takes 5-10 minutes to get to SFO. (List of shuttle stops and other info)
Don't get caught with airport fees when you catch a taxi to or from the airport! Enjoy a seamless transfer when you park your car at San Francisco 's Park 'N Fly. Once you car is parked, you will be picked up from your car and transported to your chosen terminal. With 24 hour security and regular shuttles back to your car, this is the easiest way to park and fly at San FranciscoAirport.
Shuttles, Limos, Etc.
For airporters, door-to-door vans, limos and charter operators, including service descriptions, schedules, sample fares and contacts, plus on-site car rentals, see SFO's Ground Transportation Guide.
AirTrain is SFO's people mover. It operates 24 hours every day, providing frequent service throughout San Francisco International Airport. It stops at terminals, parking garages, the rental car center and BART station. See SFO's AirTrain page for more information.
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