SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT (SFO)
|San Francisco International Airport (14 miles south of downtown San Francisco) is served by the following ground transportation options:
A - train (including metro)
B - local bus
C - shared ride van
D - taxi
E - limousine
F - rental car
The airport has 4 terminals, 1-3 and International.
Terminal 1 (with Boarding Areas B and C) and Terminal 3 (Boarding Areas E and F) handle domestic flights. The International Terminal (Boarding Areas A and G) handles international flights and some domestic flights. Terminal 2 (Boarding Area D) is currently undergoing renovations, which are due to be completed in 2010.
|Terminal passenger links
AirTrain is the airport's people-mover system. Fully automated and free of charge, it has 2 lines:
- the red line follows a circular route with stops that serve all the terminals, their associated short-term (and daily) parking garages, and the BART rail station.
- the blue line operates on a longer circular route, linking a rental car center stop with the stops for the terminals, garages, and BART rail station.
Services run 24 hours a day.
|A1: BART Metro
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provides a metro rail service within the San Francisco urban area. It has a station at the airport. AirTrain links to the BART station at the garage G/BART station stop - located on the G side of the International Terminal on the Departures/Ticketing Level.
BART services run for most of the day, with a down time in the hours of the early morning.
Some services go north to San Francisco, traveling though the center of the city and terminating on the other side of the Bay in Pittsburg/Bay Point. Many other services interconnect with this line, allowing passengers to travel to and from a large number of places in the Bay Area.
Other services go south to Millbrae Intermodal Station, where they connect with CalTrain (see A2.)
BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value. All BART stations have automatic ticket vending machines.
@ Summer 2009 a fare from the airport to Powell Street in downtown San Francisco is $8.10. Approximately 30 minutes journey time.
BART trains (see A1) from the airport connect with CalTrain services at Millbrae Intermodal Station - 1 stop in the opposite direction from San Francisco.
@ Summer 2009 a fare to Millbrae is $4.
CalTrain then operates train services between San Francisco and San Jose, stopping at many other stations along the way, including Palo Alto and Stanford.
@ Summer 2009 a fare to San Jose Diridon (Zone 4) is $7.75.
|B: SamTrans Public Bus Service
SamTrans provides 24-hour service connecting the airport to San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto. SamTrans buses stop at:
- Terminal 1, Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, curbside adjacent to Courtyard 2.
- International Terminal, Level 1 at Courtyard A and curbside adjacent to Courtyard G.
Services include the KX express bus that runs between San Francisco, the airport, and Palo Alto.
@ Summer 2009 fares:
- Palo Alto, $2.
- San Francisco, $5 (but luggage is not allowed on this portion of the route.)
SamTrans Route 292 also operates to SF (luggage allowed) and costs $2.
Overnight bus service is provided by Route 397, which operates to San Francisco and Palo Alto and costs $2.
|C1: Airporter Shuttle Buses
Airporters, privately operated scheduled bus services, operate between the airport and many Bay Area cities. Buses depart from the center island transportation zones on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of the International Terminal and Domestic Terminals 2 and 3. Destinations include Monterrey and Santa Cruz.
|C2: Shared Ride Vans
A number of private companies run door-to-door vans providing service between the airport and passenger-specified locations. Depending on the number of passengers, these vans may make multiple stops. These vans pick up on the Departures/Ticketing Level from the roadway center island at all terminals.
@ Summer 2009 a fare to Fisherman’s Wharf would be in the region of $17.
|C3: Hotel Shuttles
Free shuttles operate between the airport and a number of hotels in the area.
Taxis wait at ranks on the arrivals/baggage claim level of all terminals. The ranks are located on center island roadways.
@ Summer 2009 sample fares are:
- Cow Palace, $29.
- downtown San Francisco, $37.
- Fisherman’s Wharf, $44.
There are a large number of limousine services which may be pre-arranged with the limousine operator, or arranged upon arrival at the airport via the Lodging, Transportation and Attraction Boards, which provide free phone connections to participating limousine operators. Lodging, Transportation and Attraction Boards are located on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of the International Terminal and Terminals 1 and 3.
|F: Rental Cars
The rental car centre (serving 8 major companies) is located outside of the terminals, but on airport property, and is linked to the terminals via the 24-hour AirTrain Blue Line.
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