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This always used to be my gateway to San Francisco and the bay area. Back then it was the only airport connected to BART, and most of my friends live in Oakland anyway. Add to that I used to fly Southwest and well it all made sense. Now with its continued reliance on the Bus to the BART I find it more complicated to come in here than SFO.
Fly Jet Blue
Jet Blue was great. Effecient, clean, friendly, and cheap.
Absolutely nothing to complain about. Will definatley fly them again. It was about $100 RT from Long Beach to Oakland, and getting from Oakland to SF was very inexpensive and easy. Check out their lamenated Pilates cards that are in the seat pocket along with the inflight magazine. Very progressive with witty commentary copy.
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The San Francisco International Airport is a modern and efficient facility with information booths in each terminal's baggage claim area and easy connections to downtown. The best way to get there in my opinion is on the train (BART). The BART station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level (Level 3) of the International Terminal and a ticket into town will only set you back $4.95 compared to around $30 for a taxi or a minimum of $12 for a shuttle bus.
American Airlines to San Francisco
My airline of choice is always American Airlines. I travel to San Francisco at least 5 times a year (more if I am doing an MR), and American Airlines offers me a variety of flight times to suite me. I enjoy flying on the 757 with their three class cabin which allows me to use my evips especially during red-eyes.
American Airlines offers on some of it's flights to SF, GOGO, an inflight internet service which is quite handy if you need to catch up on some work or just want to stay connected. The flight from NYC to San Franciso varies and can be anywhere from 5.5 hours to 6.5 hours depending on the winds.
My flights to San Francisco are always quite pleasant and gives me the opportunity to catch up on some personal stuff as well as work related stuff without being interrupted.
Three Major Airports
If you are flying into San Francisco, you have a choice of three airports. I have landed in all three airports. SFO is the main hub for international flights.
If you are transfering flight connection between these airports, factor ample time as there is traffic jam during rush hours between airports. I almost missed my flight back to Asia when I changed my flight from Maine to San Jose instead and then drove to SFO airport.
1) San Francisco International Airport (code: SFO)
2) Oakland International Airport (code: OAK)
3) San Jose International Airport (code: SJC)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Technically, this airport is south of the city limits between South San Francisco and Burlingame in San Mateo County. I have gone into and out of this airport on one occasion in August, 1985. I flew in on TWA 843 from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and back out on TWA 842 to New York. San Francisco International stands out as my first final destination airport. I enjoyed my first two flights, but it was sure enough nice to finish that 5-hour flight from New York. This is the one part of San Francisco I may visit in the future because it may be the launching point for any future trip to Asia or Australia. SFO is easier and more compact than LAX.
San Francisco Airport
San Francisco airport is located about 14 miles south of downtown San Francisco along Highway 101. It is accessible by car, public bus, or BART, and the CalTrain takes you to the nearby Milbrae BART station. Long-term parking is available for $12 per hour while short-term parking is $1 for each 12 minutes ($5 per hour). The airport's AirTrain connects all the terminals, the rental car counters, and all parking areas except long-term parking, which has a shuttle bus to and from the airport.
SFO offers wireless internet access, but they charge a fee. From my recent travels it seems that about 75% of American airports have free wireless for their customers, so I'm not sure why this airport is so cheap that it has to charge.
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Up, up and away.......
We flew Manchester/England to New York then had about a 2 hour wait, then flew to San Francisco. It was a really long journey, especially as it was our first time to the States.
We flew with Delta airlines, and I think the cost was just over £400.00 each return. But that was August when prices are usually higher. I had never flown with Delta before and I can honestly say, the staff and service were extremely good on both outward and inward flights.
The photo was taken as we were coming into land at San Francisco airport.
San Francisco International Airport
The relatively new San Francisco International Airport terminal is beautiful. It has good restaurants, nice shops including the Museum of Modern ARt shop as well as nice museum exhibits.
Check out the above website for specific information about the airport and transportation to the city.
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Most visitors to San Francisco will arrive a the city's main international airport. There are direct flights to Asia, Europe, and all over the United States. This makes San Francisco an ideal gateway city. Once you arrive here, there is easy public transportation to the city. BART, the train network that runs throughout the bay area, now directly accesses the airport. This will provide a direct link into the city. There are also public busses that serve the airport. If you are mainly sticking to the city center, there should be no reason to get an expensive cab or to rent a car. You do not want to spend half of your trip looking for a parking spot.
Another airport, Oakland International, is just across the bay from San Francisco's airport. It has a bus known as Air Bart that quicly accesses BART from that side of the bay. Likewise, BART can bring you from Oakland into the city.
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flights and airports
The San Francisco International airport (SFO) is located 20km south of San Francisco, near the junction of 101 and 380 highways. It serves many flights per day, domestic and international (from every corner on earth) and it is famous of several delays especially because of the weather (the fog sometimes doesn’t allow any flight above the city).
The airport is big enough and has 4 terminals connected to each other with CalTrain. I get bored anyway in every airport but I have to admit that it’s a modern building with some nice corners (paintings on walls etc). Of course, there are many restaurants and shops to spend some time while you wait for your flight. I noticed several wifi spots but they are not for free. Many signs will guide you to what you are looking for (check in, gates, exit, luggages, train to the city etc). Their official site has many useful information about the airport, maps, arrivals/departures etc
We used British Airways, but when you have to fly for 4 hours from Athens to London and then 11 more hours to SF you get sick of the flight. Of course, if we could fly first class it would be different but in these packed seats (31in seat pitch is a joke) we just wanted the trip to end soon. British provided us with lunch and dinner along the way and I watched some movies on the front seat screen but after 4-5 hours all the passengers were just walking around the aisles of the plane.
The customs in San Francisco took some time but not that much as in New York.
Alternative airport is the Oakland Airport, across the San Francisco bay, check it too because some low far companies use this one for flights to San Francisco and has some great offers, especially for domestic flights.
AA to SFO
American Airlines is our airline of choice when travelling to San Francisco. We often find ourselves in SF to visit family or when we find a good MR fare. Our most recent trips to SFO were in January and February 2011 for some Mileage Runs.
SFO vs LAX
If you are off to Asia,
from the East Coast, USA,
be aware some of the basics
of what you will be experiencing
in what could possible be a
30 – 35 hours of traveling.
If you begin your journey
from the East Coast
you’ll most probably transit through California.
Check to see if you have
the option between transiting
SFO or LAX.
If you book through the internet,
it most cases it will automatically
transit you through LAX.
Pick up the phone and call.
Find out the options.
In LAX / Los Angeles Airport,
you’ll bound to be waiting in long security check lines.
Not that there won’t be any in SFO / San Francisco Airport,
but you will probably feel
the passage more at ease than,
you would at LAX .
There are more shops at SFO
and the airport is more convenient.
The pleasant architectural lay out of SFO,
creates a bright, airy space.
there seems to be a great need of a facelift.
that most flights to Asia from SFO or LAX
leave after midnight.
Depending on the carrier.
If your layover is long or
you decide to stay overnight,
visiting the city can be done by taking
one of the many transportation options that they have .
Once in San Francisco,
you can just walk around.
Congested traffic can take up to hours
at a snail pace in the
expansiveness of Los Angeles.
When flying from the East Coast,
the price difference between
transiting LAX or SFO is usually 0.
Just a little to consider,
when taking very long flights.
Bon Voyage and be kind to your body.
Oakland Airport is a possible cheap alternative
Consider flying into Oakland International Airport if you want to go to San Francisco. It is served by several low cost airlines, such as Southwest Airlines (www.southwest.com), JetBlue (www.jetblue.com), ATA, etc. Aloha also flies here and may offer a cheaper fare to Hawaii. The fares to San Francisco are often not the same as to Oakland.
To reach Oakland Airport from the BART (see www.bart.gov) there is an AirBART shuttle which costs $2. If you want to save money, you can take a local AC Transit bus for $1.50. The bus takes about 10-15 minutes longer to reach the BART station.
AC Transit's bus A to San Francisco is no longer operating.
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