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Introduction

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), located 21 kilometres (13 miles) south of San Francisco, is a major gateway to Asia, Europe and Oceania and there are numerous domestic flights as well. After Los Angeles International Airport, it's the second biggest in California and in the top 25 of the world regarding the number of passengers.

For more information about other airports throughout the world, also see the list of airports.

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Getting there and away

  • Rail: The BART Station SFO, located in Parking Garage G of the International Terminal, is the only direct rail link between the airport, the city of San Francisco, and the general Bay Area. Ticket machines are located directly inside of the BART station as well as discount tickets for seniors (age 65 and over) can only be bought at the International Terminal ticket booth just outside of the station ( S. Rikala 2017).
  • Bus: SamTrans, San Mateo County's transit agency has three lines connecting Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and the International Terminal to San Francisco and the Peninsula down to Palo Alto. Routes KX, 292, 397 and 398 stop directly at the Airport terminals.
  • Car: The airport is located on U.S. Route 101, 13 miles (21 kilometres) south of downtown San Francisco. It is near the US 101 interchange with Interstate 380, a short freeway that connects US 101 with Interstate 280.
  • Taxi: Taxis depart from designated taxi zones located at the roadway center islands, on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals.

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Getting around

AirTrain is the airport's people-mover system. Fully automated and free of charge, it connects all four terminals, the two international terminal garages, the BART station, and the airport's Rental Car Center. Uber and Lfyt are available at the SFO airport.

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Airlines, Destinations and Terminals

There are 4 terminals at SFO: terminals 1,2,3 and an international terminal. Currently, terminal 2 is under construction and will re-open again in 2011. For more information about the airlines also see the list of airlines and the information about budget airlines.

Terminal 1

  • AirTran Airways - Atlanta, Milwaukee
  • Alaska Airlines - Anchorage, Palm Springs, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Seattle/Tacoma
  • Delta Air Lines - Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City
  • Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines - Los Angeles, Salt Lake City
  • Frontier Airlines - Denver, Milwaukee
  • Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines - Kansas City
  • Hawaiian Airlines - Honolulu
  • Horizon Air - Portland
  • Southwest Airlines - Chicago-Midway, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Phoenix, San Diego
  • Sun Country Airlines - Minneapolis/St. Paul

Terminal 3

  • Air Canada - Calgary, Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver
  • American Airlines - Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, New York-JFK
  • United Airlines - Anchorage, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Honolulu, Houston-Intercontinental, Kahului, Kona, Las Vegas, Lihue, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK, Newark, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Washington-Dulles
  • United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Albuquerque, Aspen, Austin, Bakersfield, Boise, Bozeman, Burbank, Calgary, Chico, Colorado Springs, Crescent City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Edmonton, Eugene, Eureka/Arcata, Fresno, Kansas City, Klamath Falls, Las Vegas, Medford, Missoula, Modesto, Monterey, North Bend, Ontario, Orange County, Palm Springs, Pasco, Phoenix, Portland, Redding, Redmond/Bend, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, Tucson, Victoria

International Terminal

  • Aeroméxico - Mexico City
  • Air Berlin - Dusseldorf
  • Air China - Beijing-Capital
  • Air France - Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Air New Zealand - Auckland
  • All Nippon Airways - Tokyo-Narita
  • Asiana Airlines - Seoul-Incheon
  • British Airways - London-Heathrow
  • Cathay Pacific Airways - Hong Kong
  • China Airlines - Taipei-Taoyuan
  • (b) China Eastern
  • (b) China Southern
  • Delta Air Lines - Tokyo-Narita
  • Emirates - Dubai
  • EVA Air - Taipei-Taoyuan
  • Japan Airlines - Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
  • JetBlue Airways - Austin, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Long Beach, New York-JFK
  • KLM - Amsterdam
  • Korean Air - Seoul-Incheon
  • LAN Perú - Lima
  • Lufthansa - Frankfurt, Munich
  • Mexicana - Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta
  • Philippine Airlines - Manila
  • Qantas Airways - Sydney
  • Singapore Airlines - Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore
  • Swiss International Air Lines - Zürich
  • TACA - San Salvador
  • United Airlines - Beijing-Capital, Cancún, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, London-Heathrow, Mexico City, Osaka-Kansai, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita
  • Virgin America - Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York-JFK, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Toronto-Pearson, Washington-Dulles
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways - London-Heathrow
  • WestJet - Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver

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Keeping connected

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San Francisco International Airport Travel Helpers

  • Docdotcalm24

    I lived less than 1 mile from the San Francisco International Airport growing up in San Bruno and then slightly further away in San Carlos. The airport has been modernized over the years and is laid out so as to be easy to get around. Sam Trans and BART provide direct service to the airport whereas Cal Train provides service to Millbrae or San Bruno and requires a transfer to BART to get to the airport. I would be happy to answer any questions as well as to share my money saving tips using BART to access San Francisco as well as the Peninsula.

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