San Francisco Airport Guide

Convenient, easy to access and a gateway for both domestic and international flights, San Francisco Airport is a transport hub fit for the modern world. Whether meeting people from a flight or having a layover on your way to somewhere else, it has everything you need.

Public Transport

San Francisco Airport is served by the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train network. This links the airport with downtown San Francisco with a journey time of around 30 minutes. Tickets are cheap and can be bought in person, at a ticket machine or online. It runs daily from around 5 a.m. to around 11 p.m. at approximately 15 minute intervals.

Car Hire

If you prefer to make your own way into town or beyond, the airport contains outlets for several car hire companies. Alamo car hire is located here, along with other vehicle providers.


Whether catching the BART or looking to hire a car, you will need to get on the San Francisco Airport AirTrain. This is an automated train service, running 24 hours a day, that links all the flight terminals with the BART station and the dedicated car rental area. It will also take you to the airport’s parking facilities if you have used your own vehicle.


You can also choose to catch a cab into the centre of the city. It is the most expensive option, but may be most convenient for you, particularly if you are arriving in the middle of the night. Taxis can be found outside the main terminals as you exit from the baggage claim areas.


If you don’t have time to get into the city and back before your departure, there is plenty to occupy you in the airport itself. The San Francisco Museum has instituted twenty galleries with paintings and artefacts on different themes, while, fittingly, the airport also houses a museum of aviation. There is also a dedicated kid’s play area with lots to keep them entertained, as well as a treasure hunt that allows them to explore the airport.


San Francisco Airport allows you to relax between flights easily. Spa facilities mean you can get a massage or a reviving facial while free Wi-Fi throughout the airport means you can surf the web until your heart’s content. Hire a personal DVD player if you want to escape into a movie, or choose from one of many dining options, including restaurants from renowned chefs.


If you are looking for a bed for the night that is convenient for an early getaway, the airport is served by comfortable, affordable hotels. The Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco North and the Villa Montes Hotel are popular options.