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San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
AddressP.O. Box 8097, San Francisco, California 94128-8097, United States
Telephone1 800 435 9736 or (650) 821 8211
Number of terminals4
Time zoneGMT -8 (Please note: daylight savings time may apply between certain dates - please check local sources)
LocationSan Francisco International Airport is located 22km (14 miles) south of San Francisco.
Airport codeSFO
Country dialling code1
Airport newsThe redeveloped Terminal 2, which serves domestic routes, opened in 2011. The building incorporates a large retail/dining area, a pedestrian bridge to the AirTrain and 14 boarding gates.
Transfer between terminalsThe 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 directionsFrom central San Francisco, take Hwy-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 Hwy-101 south, exit at San Bruno Avenue/San Francisco International Airport, take the San Bruno Avenue exit, turn left and follow the signs.
Car rentalThe 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. Nine major car hire companies are based at the centre: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Public transport and taxisBus: SamTrans (tel: 1 800 660 4287; www.samtrans.com) buses run from outside Terminal 1 and the International Terminal 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; transit.511.org).
Taxi: taxis depart from outside the Arrivals levels of all terminals. Taxi drivers are required by airport regulations to accept fares to all destinations. The taxi fare to the Downtown area is around USD 40. On arrival, contact the uniformed taxi co-ordinator or call 1191 from an airport courtesy phone. Shared minibus shuttles are also available.
Rail: the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) (tel: (650) 992 2278; www.bart.gov) 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 (tel: 1 800 660 4287; www.caltrain.com) shuttle service runs between San Francisco and San José .
Car parkingShort-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 terminal's 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. There is also a cell phone waiting lot. Parking information is available (tel: (650) 821 7900).
Information and help desksAirport information booths are located on the Arrivals level of all terminals. Computerised information kiosks are available at the desks 24 hours a day. Travelers Aid kiosks are located on the Departures levels of all terminals. They are open daily 08:00-20:00.
Airport FacilitiesMoney and communications: ATMs are available in all terminals and boarding lounges. There is a full service bank in Terminal 3. 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 in all public spaces. 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, showers, a hair salon, shoeshine services and an aquarium.
Conference and business facilitiesThe Airport Travel Agency (tel: (650) 877 0422) in the International Terminal provides fax and photocopying services. Basic business services and mobile phone rental is offered at TripTel in the International Terminal Main Hall. There are also workstations where laptops can be charged. Meeting and conference facilities are available at a number of local hotels, notably the Holiday Inn (tel: (650) 873 3550; www.holidayinn.com), as well as at the South San Francisco Conference Centre (tel: (650) 877 8787; www.ssfconf.com), which is also close to the airport.
Disabled facilitiesThe 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 7111); 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 hotelsThere are no hotels at San Francisco International Airport, although there are anumber of hotels of varying levels of price and comfort in the immediate vicinity. Many hotels provide courtesy shuttle services to and from the terminals.

Holiday Inn Express San Francisco International Airport North
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco International Airport North is located 1.6km (1 mile) from the airport and is connected via a complimentary shuttle bus service. Hotel facilities include free internet access, a business centre and 'Park and Fly' parking packages.
San Francisco, 373 South Airport Boulevard
California 94080, United States
Tel: (650) 589 0600
Web: www.ichotelsgroup.com

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is less than 10-minute drive from the San Francisco International Airport and offers a complimentary shuttle bus service. Hotel facilities include on-site dining, a fitness centre and business services.
Burlingame, 1333 Bayshore Highway
California 94010, United States
Tel: (650) 347 1234
Web: sanfranciscoairport.hyatt.com

San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront is located 1.6km (1 mile) from the San Francisco International Airport and offers a complimentary shuttle bus service to and from the terminals. Hotel facilities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, and on-site dining.
Burlingame, 1800 Old Bayshore Highway
California 94010, United States
Tel: (650) 692 9100
Web: www.marriott.com

Four Points San Francisco
Four Points San Francisco is located 4km (2.5 miles) from the San Francisco International Airport and offers a complimentary shuttle bus service to and from the terminals. The hotel has its own fitness centre, on-site dining and offers free high-speed internet access.
Millbrae, 1 Old Bayshore Highway
California 94030, United States
Tel: (650) 624 3700
Web: www.starwoodhotels.com
Full airport nameSan Francisco International Airport
CitySan Francisco
CountryUnited States of America
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