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San Francisco

Travelers looking for cheap flights to San Francisco can easily get there by flying into to the San Francisco International Airport. The airport is located south of the city proper, near the cities of Millbrae and San Bruno. Airplanes fly in and out of four terminals: 1, 2, 3 and international. Another airport for cheap flights to the San Francisco Bay Area is the Oakland International Airport.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Information:

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is a very developed airport, with numerous amnesties, such as restaurants, bars, shops, baggage storage, public showers, public WiFi, a medical clinic, assistance for lost passengers and military personnel. It even hosts some cultural amenities, like permanent and temporary art exhibits, a library and an aviation museum.

Airlines That Fly Into San Francisco

The San Francisco International Airport is a very busy airport, both as a major traveler’s destination and a transfer hub. It is a major international airport, being the 20th busiest in the world, and the second busiest in California, after Los Angeles International. Flights go to and from SFO to many places in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Those who intend to catch an airplane out of SFO should definitely arrive there in advance for long lines and security checks.

SFO is a major hub of United Airlines, and is the principal base of operations for Virgin AmericaAlaska Airlines uses SFO as a focus city. Some other major carriers to SFO include: American AirlinesContinentalDeltaSouthwest and Jet Blue.

San Francisco Transit Information:

Distance to the city: 13 miles/21 kilometers

Bus to city

  • Fare: $2 by local bus/$5 by express bus.
  • The bus is operated by the SamTrans company, and there are three docks to catch it.

Taxi to city

  • Fare: $30-40, depending on distance.
  • Taxis are situated outside of the arrival area for each terminal, on the lower levels.

Train to city

  • Fare: $7.60-$8.10, depending on how far you are going in San Francisco. It costs more if you are heading further into the Bay Area.
  • The train is operated byBay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The airport has the last stop on the Yellow Line, which will then go to all of the San Francisco stops. The BART station is located on level 3 of the international terminal, near Parking Garage G.

Other Options

  • There are also many shuttle buses that go from the SFO airport to the city. Their rates usually start at $15 per person.

Car Rental Companies at San Francisco International Airport:

The car rental companies are stationed at the fourth floor of SFO. People can reach them through the Airtrain Blue Line.