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Travel to San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

International Airport | Airport

Phone (650) 821-8211

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.

Terminal 1
Airlines: Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest, TWA, US Airways, Air Canada and Alitalia
Gates: 1 through 48
Boarding Areas: A, B, C

America West Airlines: Tel. 800.235.9292
American Trans Air: Tel. 800.435.9282
Continental Airlines: Tel. 800.525.0280
Delta Airlines: Tel. 800.221.1212
Frontier Airlines: Tel. 800.432.1359
Hawaiian Airlines: Tel. 800.367.5320
Midwest Express: Tel. 800.452.2022
National Airlines: Tel. 888.757.5387
Northwest: Tel. 800.225.2525
Skywest/Delta: Tel. 800.453.9417
Southwest Airlines: Tel. 800.435.9792
Swissair: Tel. 800.221.4750
TWA: Tel. 800.221.2000
US Airways: Tel. 800.428.4322

Terminal 2
Terminal 2 is currently closed for renovation.

International Terminal
Airlines: Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, Alaska Airlines, Atalia, ANA, Asiana, BA, Cathay, China Airways, Eya Airways, Japan Airlines, KLM Airlines, Korean Air, LACSA, Lufthansa, Mexicana, Northwest, Philippine Airlines, Singapore, Sun Trips/Sky Service USA, TACA, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air China

Aeroflot: Tel. 650.615.9278
Air China: Tel. 800.986.1985
Air France: Tel. 800.237.2747
Alaska Airlines: Tel. 800.426.0333
Alitalia: Tel. 800.223.5730
Asiana: Tel. 800.227.4262
British Airways: Tel. 800.247.9297
Cathay Pacific Airways: Tel. 800.233.2742
China Airlines: Tel. 800.227.5118
China Eastern Airlines: Tel. 800.200.5118
Eva Airways: Tel. 800.695.1188
Japan Airlines: Tel. 800.525.3663
KLM Airlines: Tel. 800.374.7747
Korean Air: Tel. 800.438.5000
LACSA: Tel. 800.225.2272
Lufthansa: Tel. 800.645.3880
Mexicana: Tel. 800.531.7821
Northwest: Tel. 800.225.2525
Philippine Airlines: Tel. 800.l435.9725
Singapore Airlines: Tel. 800.742.3333
Skyservice USA: Tel. 877.485.6060
TACA: Tel. 800.535.8780
United Airlines: Tel. 800.241.6522

San Francisco International Airport Transportation

Taxi: Average cab fare from downtown SF: $37-$44.

(415) 989-2278

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..

(800) 660-4287

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:
(800) 660-4287

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.

Hours: Varies by day and station, but generally between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. weekdays and 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. (See complete schedules: text | automated trip planner)

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)

San Francisco International Airport Parking

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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