Passenger guide - San Francisco airport (SFO) 

 
San Francisco airport (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport, opened on May 7, 1927, serves the entire San Francisco and Silicon Valley area and is one of the busiest in the country. It operates with domestic and international flights around the world.

Official Website: flysfo.com
Number of Terminals - 4 - Terminals 1, 2, 3 and International. Open 24 hours a day. The AirTrain runs around the clock between the terminals, the parking garages and the car rental center.
Airlines: Terminal 1 (Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines); Terminal 2 (American Airlines, Virgin America); Terminal 3 (United Airlines domestic flights); International Terminal (Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Copa Airlines, Emirates, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines international flights, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet, WOW Air, XL Airways France).
Annual passenger traffic: Around 53.1 million passengers went through it in 2016.
Tel: +1 800 435 9736 / 650 821 8211. There are information counters throughout all terminals.

 

The airport is located 23 km (14 miles) to the south of the city of San Francisco.

 
Enlarge Map
 

Bus - SamTrans (Tel +1 800 660 4287) operates services 24 hours a day to San Francisco and San Mateo County, with fares of USD2.25-4.00. Stops are found on the baggage reclaim level of terminals 2 and 3 and on level 1 of the International Terminal. Available routes are KX (San Francisco, Redwood City), 292 (San Francisco, Hillsdale Mall), 397 (San Francisco, Palo Alto) and 398 (San Bruno, Redwood City). Line 140 (Manor/Palmetto) stops at the car rental center, while line 399 is a night service from concouse A to Daly City.
There are also several companies operating shared services to different destinations in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Train - On the Departures level of the International Terminal there is a BART station (Tel +1 415 989 2278), operating express services every 20 minutes to northern San Mateo County, San Francisco and East Bay. It departs Mondays through Fridays between 4:09 am and 11:54 pm, Saturdays from 6:07 am to 11:54 pm and Sundays from 8:07 am to 11:54 pm. Journey time to the city centre is 30 min. and the fare is USD9.25. Stops include San Bruno, Colma, Daly City, Balboa Park, Glen Park, Embarcadero, West Oakland, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Concord and Bay Point. It also provides connection to Millbrae Station, where you can board the Caltrain (Tel +1 800 660 4287) to San Jose (USD8.25) and Gilroy (USD12.75).

Taxi - Vehicles available outside the Arrivals level of the terminals. You can also request a cab by calling Tel *1191 from any of the airport's courtesy phones. Assistants are on-site between 7:00 am and 1:00 am. Fares to downtown San Francisco are around USD42.52-62.52 and the trip takes around 20 minutes.

 

The offices, open 24 hours a day, are located in the car rental center, accessed through the free AirTrain.

Alamo (Tel +1 650 616 2400 - 24 hours a day)
Avis (Tel +1 650 877 6780 - 24 hours a day)
Budget (Tel +1 650 877 0998 - 24 hours a day)
Dollar (Tel +1 650 244 4131 - 24 hours a day)
Enterprise (Tel +1 650 697 9200 - 5:00 am to 0:00 am)
Fox (Tel +1 800 225 4369 - 24 hours a day)
Hertz (Tel +1 650 624 6600 - 24 hours a day)
National (Tel +1 650 616 3000 - 24 hours a day)
Thrifty (Tel +1 650 283 0898 - 24 hours a day)

You can also request vehicles from companies outside the enclosure, which provide courtesy shuttles to their offices:

Advantage (Tel +1 650 343 3052 - 7:30 am to 0:00 am)
Airport Van Rental (Tel +1 650 952 5543 - 6:00 am to 10:00 pm)
E-Z (Tel +1 650 343 3052 - 6:00 am to 10:30 pm)
Payless (Tel +1 650 548 5161 - 5:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Silvercar (Tel +1 650 273 7110 - 5:00 am to 11:00 pm)
Sixt (Tel +1 415 658 9800 - 24 hours a day)

 

The airport has ATMs, currency exchange bureaus, mailboxes, VIP rooms, charging and workstations, mobile phone services and Wi-Fi access with no charge. There is a business center with executive services in the main hall of the International Terminal, while some of the nearby hotels provide meeting and conference rooms.

Food and Drinks- All terminals have regional and international restaurants, pizza places, fast food outlets, icecream stores, cafés and bars. Green Beans Coffee, in Terminal 1, and Roasting Plant Coffee, in the International Terminal, are open 24 hours a day.
Shopping- Duty-free shops next to gates G92, A2, G93 and A9, in the International Terminal. There are also retailers selling cosmetics, newspapers and magazines, books, sport goods, jewellery, accessories, clothing, gifts, sweets, electronics.
Baggage- Luggage carts available in all terminals, parking garages and the car rental center for USD4.00. Porters on the Arrivals level of every terminal (Tel +1 650 821 9187). Secure wrapping in the central hall of the International Terminal, from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm (Tel +1 650 877 0422). Left-luggage services in the main hall of the International Terminal (Tel +1 650 877 0422), from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. The police department operates the lost and found office, on the Arrivals level of Terminal 1 (Tel +1 650 821 7014), available from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.
Other Services- Travel agencies, meditation and reading rooms, medical clinic, nursing rooms, shoeshines, showers, spas, yoga rooms, children's play areas, aviation museum.

 

Several areas for short- and long-term parking are available, with charging stations for electric vehicles. 5 minutes away from the terminals there is a passenger pick-up zone (Cell Phone Waiting Lot) which is free for 60 minutes and is open from 5:00 am to 1:00 am. A drop-off sector (Kiss & Fly) is situated next to the car rental center. Valet parking service on level 4 of the domestic garage. More information: Tel +1 650 821 7900. Rates

Domestic Parking Garage - 5-storey facility for short stays situated in the center of the airport, with access to all terminals through tunnels. Premium sector (ParkFAST) on level 4.
International Parking Garage A & G - Short-term areas located to the north and south of the International Terminal, linked to it via pedestrian walkways. You can access the other terminals through the AirTrain.
Lot D - Long-term car park with complimentary shuttle service every 5-15 minutes.

 

There are designated parking spaces, accessible transportation between the terminals, special lanes at the security checkpoints, ramps, adapted restrooms and telephones, and relief areas for service animals. Passengers requiring special assistance or wheelchairs should arrange the proper services with their airline at the time of their booking.

 

Many of the nearby accommodations offer courtesy shuttles for the transfer of their guests, among them: Aloft San Francisco Airport (Tel +1 650 443 5500), The Westin San Francisco Airport (Tel +1 650 692 3500), Hampton Inn & Suites San Francisco-Burlingame-Airport South (Tel +1 650 697 5736), San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront (Tel +1 650 692 9100), Vagabond Inn Executive - San Francisco Airport Bayfront (Tel +1 650 692 4040), La Quinta Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport West (Tel +1 650 952 3200), Millwood Inn & Suites (Tel +1 650 583 3935), Days Inn SFO Airport West (Tel +1 650 616 9600), Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn (Tel +1 650 588 8500), Ritz Inn (Tel +1 650 589 3553).

 
 
Review this airport
 
Latest updates: November, 10, 2017