There are numerous companies that offer shuttle vans into San Francisco and other bay area destinations.
To catch a shuttle from SFO go up to the 2nd level, above baggage claim. There's shuttles there 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Before you get in a van be sure to agree on a price first. Also be sure find out how many stops it will be before you get dropped off. A short trip can turn into a long one if they drive all over town before getting to you
If you are planning to take a shuttle from your accomodation to the airport reservations are required. To take a shuttle from SFO its first come first served.
Take a look at this web site for an extensive list of shuttle companies and their phone numbers.
I used Airporter shuttle on my trip to the airport. He was on time and VERY fast. He picked me up, then 6 more ppl, and got us all 30mi/50km to the airport in 50 minutes. Since I got reservations thru my hostel it was only $9. A normal fee is $15.
Route KX is an express bus that will take you from SFO to 1st & Mission for $3.50. This bus also goes southbound to Palo Alto. To find this bus go to the north end of the terminal to baggage carousel 17, then go outside and turn right. Its on a center divider a few hundred feet after you get outside.
For schedule information go to the web site below.
Use The Super Shuttle Bus Service if Travelling alone it's around 13$ a ride to the city from SFO and will drop you to your door. You need to head up to the Arrivals floor to catch the shuttle (this is where it will drop off passengers coming from the city to take their flights). Very Frequent every 5 mins.
The cheapest way to get from SFO to downtown SF is with the BART.
However if you need to get into SF at odd hours or staying outside the downtown area you might want to consider Lorrie's.
Unlike my experience with Super Shuttle who circled the terminals many times before leaving the airport Lorrie's shuttle left the airport after picking me up. There was only another person in the shuttle so I was happy that it left without waiting for it to be filled up.
The rest of the trip was thankfully also a non-event, apart from the fact that the driver refused to buckle up (yikes!).
$14 flat rate from SFO to downtown SF - good when traveling alone since the cab will cost you between $35 to $40
The Super Shuttle can take you from the airport to any destination in San Francisco for $15. Whereas it is more expensive than Bart, it is still cheaper than a taxi, and is especially good if you have a fair amount of luggage. They pick you up in a blue van with yellow writing on the sides and will take you right to the door of wherever you want to go.
Used the above-named shuttle service from Lombard street motel out to the airport with a 5.00 am pickup. No problem, the guy was there at 4.55 am waiting for us. This actually turned into a private shuttle as we picked no-one else up on the way. The driver didn't chat much in the mini-bus at all, which I didn't mind at 5.00 am, but then again, once unloaded our bags he just said goodbye and didn't even wait for a tip.
At the motel when booking I paid $14 deposit and $18 to the driver for the 2 of us. Don't know if this is the cheapest shuttle out to the airport but I was pleased with the service.
There is no better overnight layover to have than SFO, now that we have a free SF style trolley-bus from most of the airport hotels to Burlingame's two great shopping streets, the upscale, outskirts town where the likes of Bing Crosby raised their families. Burlingame Ave has all the upscale staples: Gap, J Crew, Chico's, Banana, as well as lots of amazing restaurants and great smaller shops. Broadway Ave has many smaller family shops and holes in the wall. Flight crews especially love to take advantage of an afternoon for shopping here, why don't you? Here's the trolley L.D.
I'll just steal this from the City's website, thank you:
This shuttle runs between the hotels along Airport Blvd and Bayshore to shopping areas along Broadway and Burlingame Avenues seven days a week.
Runs seven days a week from 12:00 noon to 9:45 p.m. with a break during the 3 o'clock hour, serving both the Burlingame Avenue and Broadway shopping areas and Airport Hotels. On Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, the service continues with extended evening hours until 11:15 p.m. The shuttle stops at the lobbies of the hotels.
Currently there is no charge to passengers for the use of the shuttle services.
Airport Marriott Passenger loading zone (lobby area - beyond canopy)
Hyatt Regency Passenger loading zone (lobby area)
Crowne Plaza Passenger loading zone (lobby area)
Doubletree Hotel Passenger loading zone (lobby area)
Sheraton Hotel In front of hotel driveway on Airport Blvd.
Embassy Suites Hotel Passenger loading zone (lobby area)
Broadway Shopping S.W. corner of Capuchino & Broadway
Burlingame Ave. Shopping In front of Burlingame Caltrain Station on California.
Flag Stop On California Avenue in front of the Broadway Caltrain station
We took the Supershuttle from the airport to the OMNI hotel. This transfer was slick and I had no complaints at all. We arrived at a busy time but the journey was quick and the driver took no risks. The mini-bus was big enough for 3 families in comfort. The driver was polite but did not dominate the conversation.
Good transfer - dependable so we would use them again.
Rather than spending your bucks on a taxi ride, take the bus! It may take you a bit longer to get to Downtown, but it costs a mere USD3.00 oneway. Buses depart regularly, just outside the arrivals building. Ask an airport representative which busstop you have to go to (I wasted 20mins waiting at the wrong stop...).
The taxi cost us $38.00 for the two of us from the airport to downtown . Leavibg we took the American Airport Shuttle for $11.00 ( with a coupon) Coupons are everywhere in the tourist papers. You have to call to reserve.
Airport Shuttles : are a definite step up from busing it. Rates range from $10 to $20 per person (tickets can be bought from the driver) and it's a door-to-door service.
Taxi : The most expensive - but most convenient - option for getting into town may be your only recourse if your plane lands in the wee hours. Taxis are found outside the terminal's baggage claim area in a zone marked with yellow columns. Be sure to haggle for a flat rate.
Arriving at the new San Francisco International Airport alone I had to find a way to get into the city. I literally walked outside and there were numerous people working for shuttle bus companies trying to get you on to their bus. From what I could tell, there is really no difference between the companies, if there is a shuttle waiting just hop in. If you are in a hurry, it may be a good idea to ask the driver how long the trip will take to your destination as they decide the order in which everyone is dropped off. By the way, the new San Francisco airport is ultra-modern, sleek and very minimalist. Be sure to take a look around!
shuttle - $13/per person each way.
cab - $30/per cab up to 5 person each way.
limo - $30 - $50.
We prefer that unless you are from a busy, metropolitan city, where the steering wheels are on the left side, don't drive here. People are not polite, traffic is dense, and there are too many cars for our small city, parking is crazy and expensive, take a cab, bus, or walk, you'll see sights better anyways.
Take the 'super shuttle' from SFO to the city, you'll save money on the cab fare.
Avoid MUNI (our public transportation system) they suck bigtime. However, BART and CALTRAIN are great. Try walking, it's a small city and you might find something interesting along the way.
We flew. The airport isn't that far away. If you can arrange it, try to get transfers from your hotel ... it's cheaper.
Like I said before, use the buses. Or try walking those hills; you'll be in the best shape you have ever been in a long time!