Getting To and From the Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers connections to
bus service, hotel courtesy vehicles, car rentals, and limousines.
Taxicab service is available at every terminal. Assistance with
ground transportation is available at the Information Booths
located throughout the terminals.
Taxis wait in designated taxi zones on the Arrivals and Baggage
Claim level of all the terminals. The taxi zones are located on center island roadways. Uniformed personnel coordinate the zones
between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., and taxi coordinators can be
reached at *1191 from any of the courtesy phones located within
The standard taxi rate is $3.50 for the first 1/5 mile, $0.55 for
every 1/5 mile after that, and $0.55 for every minute of waiting or
traffic delay. Additionally, there is a $2.00 airport surcharge for all
taxi rides originating from the airport, but there’s no charge for
luggage. The estimated fare to get to the area around the Convention Center is $45.
Emeryville is the Amtrak train station closest to San Francisco.
Connecting Thruway bus service is available to various travel hot
spots and transfer hubs in downtown San Francisco.
Public Bus Service:
Sam Trans is a 24-hour-a-day public bus service provided by
San Mateo County Transit. Their KX Express line connects the
airport, which is located in San Mateo County, and Downtown
San Francisco. These buses can be boarded at Terminal 2 on the
Arrivals and Baggage Claim Level at the roadway center island; at
Terminal 3 on the Arrivals and Baggage Claim Level at a curbside
stop adjacent to Courtyard 4; and at the International Termi-
nal on Level 1 at both Courtyard A and the curbside adjacent to
Courtyard G. The KX Express line costs $5.00 for adults and $2.50
for the for senior citizens and individuals under the age of 17.
San Francisco International Airport provides a free rail service
called Air Train to assist travelers with getting around the airport
and surrounding areas. Its Red Line is a short, circular route with
stops that serve all the terminals, 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 stops
for the terminals, garages, and BART rail station. The rail service
runs 24 hours a day.
BART Rail Service
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system provides a metro rail
service throughout much of the Bay Area, and has a station at
the airport. Air Train links to the BART station at the Garage G /
BART station stop. The BART station is located on the G Gate’s
side of the International Terminal on Level 3, which is on the Departures and Ticketing level.
BART runs for most of the day and night, except for downtime during the early morning hours. BART offers trains going
north to San Francisco, traveling through the center of the city
and terminating on the other side of the Bay in Dublin / Pleasanton. Many other trains interconnect with this line, allowing
passengers to travel to and from a large number of places in the
Bay Area. Other services go north to Millbrae Intermodal Station,
where they connect with Cal Train.
BART trains from the airport connect with Cal Train services at
Millbrae Intermodal Station. Cal Train operates train services
between San Francisco and San Jose, stopping at many other stations along the way, including Palo Alto and Stanford.