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International Airport in San Francisco, United States, Airport Code SFO

International Airport San Francisco Information

Introduction

San Francisco Airport (SFO) is one of the USA's busiest airports, handling both domestic flights and international connections for the Pacific Rim, Europe, and Latin America. Located 14 miles (22 kilometers) south of San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport serves the cosmopolitan city of San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the wider Bay Area.

San Francisco International Airport has four terminals, including the much praised international terminal, three of which handle domestic and Canada-bound flights. An internal transit system, AirTrain, links together the various parts of the airport. Metro rail services run between the airport, the city, and the Bay Area. SFO Airport offers a wide range of amenities and services, including a choice of diners, shops, plus spa treatments, wireless Internet access, banking services, a business center, and disabled facilities. There is also an aquarium, aviation library and museum, Reflection Room, children's area, airport museums, and an arts commission.

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International Airport San Francisco Terminal Information

Introduction

San Francisco International Airport has four terminals - the International Terminal, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3. The three domestic terminals - 1, 2, and 3 - are laid out in a partial ring, with the domestic parking garage in its middle. The International Terminal completes the ring, with its dedicated parking placed in front of it, outside the ring. Presently, Terminal 2 is undergoing renovation.

The terminals are linked together by the AirTrain internal transit system, operating 24 hours per day. It is also possible for passengers to walk between terminals. Each terminal serves several airlines and a large number of destinations. Each terminal is well served by restaurants, bars, newsstands, shops, and ATMs (cash machines). Business services and banking services are available in the airport. Airline club lounges cater to the needs of frequent flyers.

International Terminal

San Francisco Airport's International Terminal serves many airlines, including Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, Alaska Airlines (Mexico), All Nippon Airways, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, LACSA, Lufthansa, Mexicana, Northwest (international), Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, TACA, United Airlines (international), and Virgin Atlantic.

The International Terminal has two sets of gates: A1-A12 and G91-G102. The terminal has two AirTrain stations, located at opposite ends of the main hall, at one level above ticketing.

Terminal 1

San Francisco Airport's Terminal 1 serves Air Canada, Alaska Airlines (domestic / Canada), America West Airlines, ATA Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Northwest (domestic), and US Airways.

Terminal 1 has three sets of gates: Rotunda A contains gates 1-17, boarding area B contains gates 20-36, and boarding area C contains gates 40-48. The terminal has one AirTrain station, which is located on level 5 of the domestic parking garage. A tunnel, elevators, and escalators connect it with the boarding areas.

Terminal 3

San Francisco Airport's Terminal 3 serves American Airlines, Ted, and United Airlines (domestic).

Terminal 3 has two sets of gates: boarding area E contains gates 60-67 and boarding area F contains gates 68-90. The Terminal 3 AirTrain station is on level 5 of the parking garage. A bridge ("skybridge") links the station with mezzanine-level 3 of the terminal proper.

Shopping

San Francisco International Airport offers visitors a whole range of shopping options. Some of the stores represented at San Francisco International Airport include California Wine Country Gourmet, City by the Way, and Pacific Gateway Gift and News.

Gift Shops
Gift shops at San Francisco International Airport include:

Bayshore Gifts and News
City by the Bay
CNBC News
Gift Shop
News and Gifts
Pacific Gateway Gift and News
San Francisco Bay Reader
Zoom Travel Stores

Restaurants and Bars

San Francisco International Airport has a variety of fast-food outlets, bars, and restaurants, including Bay Bridge Snack Bar, Emporio Rulli, Bay Bridge Bar and Snacks, Firewood Grill, and Tomokazu Japanese Cuisine.

Business Services

San Francisco International Airport's array of world-class amenities for the business traveler has given the airport a reputation as one of the best in America for business travelers. In addition, there is a fully equipped business center.

Internet Access
Internet access is available for visitors at San Francisco International Airport. The PowerPort Battery Charging and Internet Access Station can be used by travelers to recharge electronic devices, surf the Web, check mail etc.

Mobile Phone Rental
Action Cellular Rent A Phone International provides cellular and satellite phones for business travelers who need to stay in touch. They are located in the domestic terminals near the arrivals / baggage claim level of boarding areas C and F. Action Cellular can also be found in the International Terminal near the arrivals level.

Fax and Photocopying
The San Francisco International Airport's business center offers fax and copier services.

Post
Express mail services, including UPS and Federal Express, can be found at the departures / ticketing level of the International Terminal, near boarding area G.

Currency Exchange and ATMs

Bank of America has a full-service branch located on the mezzanine level of Terminal 3. Services provided include deposits, withdrawals, loans, credit card cash advances, cashier's checks, money orders, and traveler's checks.

Foreign Exchange Desks
Travelex America, Inc has several currency exchange offices and automated currency exchange machines located throughout the International Terminal. Business hours vary due to flight scheduling.

Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)
ATMS are located at the San Francisco International Airport in all three terminals.

International Airport San Francisco Airline Information

International Terminal

Aeroflot - +1 800 995 5555
Air China - +1 800 986 1985
Air France - +1 800 237 2747
Air New Zealand - +1 800 262 1234
AirTran Airways - +1 800 247 8726
Alaska Airlines (Mexico) - +1 800 426 0333
ANA (All Nippon Airways) - +1 800 235 9262
Asiana - +1 800 227 4262
British Airways - +1 800 247 9297
Cathay Pacific - +1 800 233 2742
China Airlines - +1 800 227 5118
EVA Air - +1 800 695 1188
Japan Airlines - +1 800 525 3663
KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines) - +1 800 447 4747
Korean Air - +1 800 438 5000
Lacsa - +1 800 225 2272
Lufthansa - +1 800 645 3880
Mexicana - +1 800 531 7921
Northwest (international) - +1 800 225 2525
Philippine Airlines - +1 800 435 9725
Singapore Airlines - +1 800 742 3333
TACA - +1 800 535 8780
United Airlines (international) - +1 800 241 6522
Virgin Atlantic - +1 800 862 8621
WestJet - +1 800 538 5696

Terminal 1

Air Canada - +1 888 247 2262
Alaska Airlines (domestic / Canada) - +1 800 426 0333
America West Airlines - +1 800 235 9292
ATA Airlines (American Trans Air) - +1 800 435 9282
Continental Airlines - +1 800 525 0280
Delta Air Lines - +1 800 221 1212
Frontier Airlines - +1 800 432 1359
Hawaiian Airlines - +1 800 367 5320
Horizon Air - +1 800 547 9308
Midwest Airlines - +1 800 452 2022
Northwest (domestic) - +1 800 225 2525
US Airways - +1 800 428 4322

Terminal 3

American Airlines - +1 800 433 7300
Ted - +1 800 225 5833
United Airlines / United Express (domestic) - +1 800 241 6522

International Airport San Francisco Car Rental

Introduction

San Francisco International Airport is served by the nine major car rental firms. The airport's rental car center allows travelers to pick up and drop off rental cars at one convenient, central location. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty car rental counters are located on the 4th floor of the SFO rental car center.

International Airport San Francisco Car Parking

Introduction

San Francisco International Airport offers facilities for short-term, long-term, and valet parking. Spaces are reserved for disabled drivers and passengers. The AirTrain links the short-term garages to the terminals. A shuttle bus service links the long-term lots to the terminals.

Short-term Parking

Particular terminals are close to particular car parks. Terminal 1 is close to car parks A, B, and C. Terminal 2 is close to car park D. Terminal 3 is close to car parks E, F, and G.

The International Terminal is close to the International Terminal parking, garages A and G ("A" corresponds to the A gates and "G" to the G gates). All are linked by AirTrain and so movement between them is easy. Short-term parking tariffs include daily rates.

Long-term Parking

Long-term parking is situated a short distance from the terminals near to the rental car center. To reach it drivers should take the San Bruno Avenue East exit from Highway 101. Shuttle buses run between the airport terminals and the long-term lot.

Valet Parking

Valet parking is handled from within the domestic terminals' garage, off the departure level roadway.

International Airport San Francisco Ground Transportation

Introduction

San Francisco International Airport is served directly by train, taxi, and public bus services.

AirTrain

The train's Red Line is a short, circular route with stops that serve all the terminals, their associated 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 the stops for the terminals, garages, and BART rail station. Services run 24 hours a day.

BART

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provides a metro rail service within the San Francisco urban area. It has a station at the airport. AirTrain 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 the departures / ticketing level.

BART services run for most of the day, with a down time in the hours of the early morning. Some services go north to San Francisco, traveling though the center of the city and terminating on the other side of the Bay in Dublin / Pleasanton. Many other services 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 CalTrain. Many BART stations offer parking facilities.

CalTrain

BART trains from the airport connect with CalTrain services at Millbrae Intermodal Station. CalTrain operates train services between San Francisco and San Jose, stopping at many other stations along the way, including Palo Alto and Stanford.

Taxi Services

Taxis wait at ranks on the arrivals / baggage claim level of all terminals. The ranks are located on center island roadways. Uniformed personnel coordinate the ranks.

Shared Ride Van Services

Shared ride vans operate between the airport and many places in the Bay Area. Most of them operate a door-to-door service. Vans pick up and drop off on the departures / ticketing levels of all terminals. Pick-up / drop-off zones are located on the center island roadways.

Public Bus

SamTrans is a public bus service provided by San Mateo County Transit. Buses run between the airport and San Francisco, and between the airport and many places in San Mateo County. Bus stops are located at various places within the airport. There are two stops at the International Terminal, both on Level 1, one in courtyard A and one curbside next to courtyard G. Terminal 3 has a stop on the arrivals / baggage claim level on the curbside next to courtyard 4. Services include the KX express bus that runs between San Francisco, the airport, and Palo Alto. Passengers should note that luggage is not allowed on this bus.

International Airport San Francisco Airport Security

Introduction

Increased security measures are in operation at US airports. Information on what passengers are permitted and forbidden to take aboard is available to download from the Transportation Security Administration web site (English version pdf). Information on issues including traveling with children, pets, and transporting special items is available here.

Prohibited Items

For information on prohibited items, click here.

Visas, Immigration, and Customs Information

For detailed information on visa requirements, immigration, and customs, contact the consulate that relates to your destination. For official US immigration and customs information, click here. Documentary requirements for travelers entering the US is available here.

Baggage Stores

Airport lockers will be out of service until further notice. Locker services are provided exclusively at the Airport Travel Agency, located on the departures / ticketing level of the International Terminal main hall.

Lost and Found

Missing Baggage
The missing baggage department is located on the arrivals / baggage claim level of Terminal 1, across from baggage carousel 17.

Help for Stranded Travelers
Travelers Aid is an organization of volunteers devoted to assisting passengers in airports in the United States and Canada. Booths are staffed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Located on the departures / ticketing level of all terminals. For more information, please call: +1 650 821 2735.

International Airport San Francisco Extra Facilities

International Airport San Francisco Maps and Directions

San Francisco International Airport Map
San Francisco International Airport Map

San Francisco Area Map
San Francisco Area Map

Driving Directions

San Francisco International Airport is located approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of San Francisco, near the junction of Highways 101 and 380.

From the North (San Francisco)

Take Highway 101 South.
For rental car center - take San Bruno Avenue exit.
For long-term parking - take San Bruno Avenue exit.
For airport - take San Francisco International Airport exit.
For short-term parking - take San Francisco International Airport exit.

From the South (Palo Alto or San Jose)

Take Highway 101 North.
For rental car center - take San Bruno Avenue exit.
For long-term parking - take San Bruno Avenue exit.
For airport - take San Francisco International Airport exit.
For short-term parking - take San Francisco International Airport exit.

From the Rental Car Center to Highway 101

Turn right onto McDonnell Road. Turn left onto San Bruno Avenue. Join Highway 101 North for San Francisco. Join Highway 101 South for Palo Alto or San Jose.

From the Rental Car Center to the Terminals

Turn right onto McDonnell Road. Turn left onto San Bruno Avenue. Follow Highway 101 South. Take San Francisco International Airport exit.

From the Terminals to the Rental Car Center

Turn right onto Highway 101 North. Exit at San Bruno Avenue. Turn right onto McDonnell Road.

Longitude:122° 23' 0" W
Latitude:37° 37' 0" N

ADDRESS
San Francisco International Airport
PO Box 8097
San Francisco
California 94128
USA
Number of Terminals: 4
Telephone: 650 821 5000
Fax: 650 821 4004
E-mail: None
Website: www.flysfo.com
Time Zone: GMT - 8 (GMT - 7 from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October)
Location: The airport is located 22km (14 miles) south of San Francisco
Country code:1

TRANSFER BETWEEN TERMINALS
The 24-hour AirTrain light rail service links the International Terminal with the other terminals, parking garages, the Airport BART station and the car hire centre.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS
From central San Francisco, take Route 101 south and follow signs to the airport. For access to the car hire centre, turn left onto I-380 and turn right onto South Airport Boulevard. For access to the long-term car park, take Route 101 south, exit at San Bruno Avenue/San Francisco International Airport, take the San Bruno Avenue exit, turn left and follow the signs.

CAR PARKING
Short-term (hourly and daily) car parking, with direct access to the terminals, is available at both the domestic and international parking garages. Passengers flying to Canada should use the domestic terminals parking garage. Valet parking for all terminals is located in the domestic garage, off the Departures level roadway. A long-term car park is located 3.5km (2 miles) north of the airport terminals. A free shuttle bus service operates between the long-term car park and the terminals. Parking information is available (tel: 650 821 7900).

CAR HIRE
The rental car centre is located outside of the terminals but on airport property and is linked to the terminals and BART station on the 24-hour AirTrain Blue Line. Eight major car hire companies are based at the centre: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Rail: The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) operates a rapid rail service to northern San Mateo County, San Francisco (journey time: 30 minutes) and the East Bay from the SFO BART station on the Departures level of the International Terminal. The station is linked to all terminals via the free AirTrain service. BART services connect to Millbrae Station, from where a Caltrain shuttle service runs between San Francisco and San Jose. Road: Taxi: Taxis depart from outside the Arrivals levels of all terminals. Taxi drivers are required by airport regulations to accept fares to all destinations. Limousine: A number of limousine companies provide transport to/from the airport and must be pre-arranged; a full list of providers is available on the airport’s website. Van: Door-to-door vans provide services between the airport and various destinations in San Francisco and surrounds; vans are available on a walk-up basis until 2300 and pick-up is outside the Departures levels of all terminals. Bus: SamTrans buses run from the terminals to destinations in San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto, 24 hours. For further ground transportation information, visit the airport information booths or call the Bay Area Transit information line (tel: 511; website: www.511.org).

INFORMATION AND HELP DESKS
Airport information booths are located on the Arrivals level of all terminals; staff can translate over 166 languages (tel: 650 821 8211). Computerised information kiosks are available at the desks 24 hours a day. Travelers Aid kiosks are located on the Departures levels of all terminals (tel: 650 821 2735). They are open daily 0800-2000.

AIRPORT FACILITIES
Money and communications: ATMs are available in all terminals and boarding lounges. There is a full service bank in Terminal 3, as well as a self-service postal centre. Bureaux de change and automated currency exchange machines are located throughout the International Terminal. Telephones equipped with data ports are located throughout the terminals. Wireless Internet is available. Mobile telephones can be hired. Eating and drinking: There are various bars, cafés and restaurants in each terminal. Shopping: Four duty-free shops are located in the International Terminal. There is a duty-free kiosk in Terminal 1, boarding area B. Other shops include gift shops, newsagents, bookshops, clothing and accessories stores, sweet shops, toy shops and cosmetic and toiletries shops. Luggage: There is a lost property office on the Arrivals level of Terminal 1 (tel: 650 821 7014). Trolleys are available for a fee throughout the terminals. Left-luggage is available at the Airport Travel Agency, in the International Terminal. Other facilities: These include a medical centre, nurseries and a meditation room.

CONFERENCE AND BUSINESS FACILITIES
The Turpen Aviation Museum, in the International Terminal (tel: 650 821 9911), is available for hosting private functions, accommodating up to 250 delegates, with catering and equipment available. The Airport Travel Agency (tel: 650 877 0422), also in the International Terminal, provides fax and photocopying services.

DISABLED FACILITIES
The airport is physically accessible and airline employees can assist passengers with disabilities before departure or upon arrival; passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline prior to travel. There are TDD/TTY phones throughout the airport for hearing-impaired travellers. Reserved car parking is also available in all car parks (tel: 650 821 7900); the shuttle bus from the long-term car park is equipped with a lift. Ramp-accessible taxis are available. SamTrans buses and the Caltrain shuttle are wheelchair accessible. So are all BART stations.

AIRPORT HOTELS
Hotels located very near the airport include the Holiday Inn San Francisco International Airport North (tel: 650 873 3550), Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport (tel: 650 347 1234), San Francisco Airport Marriott (tel: 650 692 9100) and the Sheraton Gateway Airport (tel: 650 340 8500). Courtesy telephones for hotel reservations are located on the Arrivals levels of all terminals.


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