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Transportation to/from SFO Airport

It is easy to drive to and from San Francisco International Airport. There is ample parking available at the airport in a central parking garage within walking distance of all three domestic terminals. There are also two smaller garages with hourly parking available located within walking distance of the international terminal.

The lot for long term parking at the airport is set a little distance apart from the terminals. Passengers will need to take a shuttle bus to get back and forth between the long-term parking lot and the terminals. These shuttle buses arrive every 10 to 15 minutes.

Passenger will also need to take a shuttle bus if they are picking or dropping off a rental car at the airport. These shuttle buses will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

There is always a line of waiting taxis available for passengers arriving at San Francisco International Airport. There is also a taxi dispatcher present who will keep the line moving smoothly and prevent taxi drivers from hassling passengers. It generally takes around 20 to 20 minutes to travel between the airport and downtown San Francisco.

There are shared shuttle vans that pick up and drop passengers off at the airport. These are one of the most economic ways to get to and from the airport, but they can take a significant amount of travel time. For those who are taking the shuttle vans a long distance, the ride can be close to an hour. Passengers need to keep this in mind when planning their itineraries in order to avoid being late for a flight.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) runs a train that goes between the airport and downtown San Francisco. The train is very economical and it runs every 15 or 20 minutes. The train ride between downtown and the airport takes about half an hour. The BART train arrives and departs at the international terminal, so passengers at the domestic terminals will need to use the free airport shuttle bus that runs between all the terminals to get to the international terminal.

There are two bus options for the San Francisco International Airport, SamTrans and Airporter. SamTrans runs an express bus that goes straight between the airport and downtown. Airporter buses run between the airport and several parts of the San Francisco metropolitan area. Both of these bus services make stops at both the domestic and international terminals.

San Francisco Airport

San Francisco International Airport has the largest North American international terminal. It is a major destination for Asians and Europeans as well. Among U.S. airports, it is considered the eighth busiest. Among world airports, it is considered 22nd busiest. More than 40.9 million passengers passed through its gates in a single year.

The airport is located in San Mateo County, some 13 miles south of the city center. Still, it is administered by San Francisco Country and City governments. Drivers can access the airport from I-280 via I-380 to US 101. The airport's four terminals are arranged in a ring. Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are for domestic flights. Terminal 4 handles all international flights and includes customs. The airport has four runways. AirTrain is the free people mover that links the terminals. It also goes to the car rental center and the BART station. BART is a commuter train that takes passengers into San Francisco.

The airport started out small in 1927. By the late 1930s, there were 18 daily flights including 17 by United, which still makes its home base at SFO. Some flights were seaplanes that took off from the nearby harbor. In 1954, a central terminal was built. Soon there were 160 flights a week. Starting in the 1960s, it began to grow until it reached its present size.

Virgin America has made the airport its base of operations. The largest tenant is United. Other carriers include Delta, Virgin America, JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Alaska, and American. The number one destination is Los Angeles with over 1.5 million. Over a million passengers fly directly to New York and another million to Chicago every year. Other major destinations are San Diego, Atlanta, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. Air Canada serves Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. AeroMexico connects directly to Mexico City.

The top Asian flights are Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei. The London, England, Flight and the Frankfurt, Germany, flights are the top European destinations. North American carriers with frequent international flights include United, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic. Asian carriers include All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, Asiana, China Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, and Korean Air. European carriers include British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Swiss Air, and Air France.

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