San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Travel and Ground Transport
(San Francisco, California - CA, USA)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) provides travelers with all of the necessary ground transportation choices, ranging from taxi cabs and executive cars, to buses, shuttles and shared-ride vans. There is even a metro rail service operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).
Ground transport at SFO not only serves downtown San Francisco, but also many of the city's surrounding suburbs and neighboring destinations and attractions. These include the likes of Alameda, Broadmoor, Daly City, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Moss Beach, Muir Beach, Oakland, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno and San Mateo, amongst others.
The AirTrain at San Francisco 's airport is a circular train service connecting all four of the terminal buildings, the parking areas, the car rental garages and also the nearby BART Metro train station.
BART Metro Train
There is a Metro train station located on level 3 of the International Terminal building. The Metro system is operated by the Bay Area Rapid Transit, which is simply known as the BART. Operating hours are as follows:
- Monday to Friday - between 04:00 to midnight
- Saturday - between 06:00 to midnight
- Sunday - between 08:00 to midnight
The San Francisco Millbrae CalTrain railway station is located close by and is connected by CalTrain shuttles. Traveling between San Francisco and San Jose, the CalTrains stop at a number of train stations during the journey. These include Stanford and also Palo Alto.
San Francisco Airporter buses depart for all destinations from outside of the lower level of the baggage reclaim area. These buses depart every 12 to 30 minutes and run from 06:20 until midnight. Bus stops are located outside the International Terminal, on Level 1 and in the courtyard A area, and also one outside the Terminal 3 building, close to the Courtyard 4 area.
Shuttle buses and shared-vans are also available at SFO, offering a door-to-door service, where you share a van with other passengers - and importantly also share the cost of the journey. Most shuttle buses collect passengers at the departures and ticket levels of the terminal buildings. Notable companies operating at the airport include American Airporter Shuttle, Bay Shuttle, Bayporter Express, Go Lorrie's, Pacific, Quake City and SuperShuttle.
Taxis wait for prospective passengers in designated zones directly outside of Terminals 1 and 3, close to the lower level baggage reclaim areas, and at level 2 of the International Terminal arrivals area. The trip into downtown San Francisco will take around 30 to 40 minutes. Between the hours of 07:00 and 01:00, taxi coordinators (wearing uniforms) are on hand to assist passengers in finding a taxi.