San Francisco airport: San Francisco Airport (SFO)

San Francisco Airport

San Francisco is one of the United States busiest airports. It handles about 33 million passengers annually. The airport has four terminals which are connected by a free AirTrain. It has three domestic terminals (T1, T2 and T3), which also handle flights to Canada and an international terminal. Please take into account the long queues for the security checks in the United States.

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SFO
ICAO airport code: KSFO


Local transport


There is a subway to and from the airport. The airport's BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station is situated on the blue line. The free AirTrain runs between the terminals, parking facilities, car rental agencies and the BART station.

Car and bus

The airport is located approximately 22 kilometers south of downtown San Francisco, near highways 101 and 380.

The SamTrans busses stop in front of the arrival hall (near hall 2) at T1. At the international terminal the busses stop on the second floor at halls A and G. There are mini busses parked in front of each terminal's departure hall, which you can share with other passengers. These mini busses, operated by Airport Express (tel. +1(0)415 775 5121) for instance, run across the city.

Car rental San Francisco Airport

There are several car rental agencies at the SFO car rental center: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, National and Thrifty. Take the AirTrain's blue line to get to the center's fourth floor. You can also book a rental car in advance at EasyTerra, this website compares multiple car rental agencies and their rates simultaneously.


Taxicabs are available in front of the terminals. A trip to San Francisco costs about USD 40.00. For rides from the airport you will pay a surcharge of USD 2.00. Between 07.00 in the morning and 01.00 at night, taxi employees in uniform are there to assist you. It is also possible to rent a limousine from several companies, such as 1st Classic Limousines (tel. +1(0)800 658 6579).

Parking at the airport

Short term parking is available at the parking garage close to the terminal. One day of short term parking costs up to USD 33.00. Valet parking costs USD 28.00 for the first 24 hours.

The AirTrain takes you to the international parking garages A and G in 10 minutes. Here, one day of parking costs up to USD 20.00. A shuttle bus can take you to the long term parking area in 10 minutes. For USD 14.00 you can park here for 24 hours. At the airport there are several plug-in options to recharge electric cars. There are bike parking facilities, too. For more information about parking, please contact (tel. +01(0)650 821 7900).




The Westin San Francisco Airport (tel. +1(0)650 692 3500) the Marriot Hotel (tel. +1(0)650 692 9100) are only a few minutes away from the airport. For more hotels and on line reservations please visit This website offers a wide range of hotels at competitive (internet) rates.

Shopping and dining

There are many shops, restaurants and (snack) bars at the terminals. The international terminal (G) has the nicest and most beautiful shops. But also terminal 3 (F) has a wide range of popular retailers.


For lost and found items please go to the service desk in T1 or contact tel. +1(0)650 821 7014. You can also make you inquiry on line


All terminals have service desks which provide you with information about the airport and timetables (tel. +01(0)650 821 2735). At the information booths, there are many volunteers, who can assist you.


The Triptel Business Center (tel. +1(0)650 821 8000) at the international terminal's central hall offers several business facilities: rental mobile phones, internet, faxing and photocopying. Throughout the airport there are free workplaces with recharge facilities for laptops.

Access for disabled people

San Francisco has toilets for people with reduced mobility and telephones for the hearing impaired. There are especially reserved parking spaces for disabled people. Furthermore, the airport has wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators.

Other services

All terminals have ATMs. There is a Medical Center (tel. +1(0)650 821 5600) at the international terminal's central hall. There is an aquarium, an aviation museum and a library at the airport. Throughout the airport there are T-Mobile hotspots, which offer high speed Wi-Fi connections. After customs at terminal 3, near Gate 83, there is a PowerPort to recharge your telephone or laptop battery. T1 and T3 have pet relief facilities.

In front of security at T1, near (Gates 40-48), there is the Christian Science Reading Room where you can meditate, read of relax in silence. The international terminal has the Berman Reflection Room for meditation or self-reflection.




San Francisco International Airport
PO Box 8097
San Francisco
CA 94128-8097
United States of America

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +1(0)800 435 9736
Email: via contact form

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SFO
ICAO airport code: KSFO