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How To Get From San Francisco Airport SFO to Downtown San Francisco
and Bay Area Cities

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco airport, SFO, is adjacent to highway 101 and is located 13 miles south of Downtown San Francisco, 36 miles northwest of San Jose and 23 miles southeast of Oakland.

You can get to downtown San Francisco, downtown San Jose, downtown Oakland and many Bay Area cities via several transportation options listed below.

Rental Cars

To get to all rental car agencies, take the AirTrain blue line. AirTrain is accessible from all terminals and is free of charge.


Taxis depart from the designated taxi zones located at the roadway Center Islands, on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals.

Metered rates apply to all destinations.  Destinations 15 miles beyond the City or County limits of San Francisco or 15 miles beyond the boundaries of SFO are charged at 150% of the metered rate.   A $2.00 exit surcharge is included in all San Francisco taxicab meter fares for rides originating from SFO. Up to 5 persons may share a taxi and ride for the price of 1 person. See our taxi fares pages for estimated costs of travel by taxi.

Door to Door Shuttles & Limousine Service are available on a prearranged basis. You can arrange for transportation before leaving on your trip or you may call from the airport. Shuttles may be a cheaper alternative to taxis because the ride is shared with other passengers. However, travel time can be longer while each passenger is each dropped off at their destination. Limousines are also an alternative to taxis and their rates are very competitive for anything but very short trips.

Getting from SFO to Public Transportation

BART operates rail service from SFO airport to San Francisco and the East Bay directly from SFO. The SFO BART station is located on the Departures Level (Level 3) of the International Terminal, on the Boarding Area 'G' side of the terminal. You can also take the AirTrain terminal transport's red line or blue line to the BART station. There is no charge to board AirTrain. The fare to take BART to downtown San Francisco is about $8.10. Buy your ticket before getting on the train. See our BART page for more information about service and destinations.

Caltrain provides rail service between San Francisco and San Jose (and cities between), with weekday commute-hour service to Gilroy. BART connects SFO to the Caltrain rail system at the nearby Millbrae Station. A short taxi ride is also an alternative, although it offers little or no advantage. Take BART to the Millbrae Caltrain station, the fare is $4.00 per person. The Caltrain fare to San Francisco is $4.25 and to San Jose is $6.00. Buy your ticket before getting on the train.

SamTrans Bus Service provides 24-hour service connecting SFO to San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto. Transfer at Palo to the VTA bus service for trips to San Jose. SamTrans buses stop at Terminal 2 Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, Roadway Center Island; Terminal 3 Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, curbside adjacent to Courtyard 4; International Terminal Level 1 at Courtyard A and curbside adjacent to Courtyard G. Fares range from $2.00 to $5.00. There are three routes that serve the airport, route KX offers express and local service to Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont, SFO and San Francisco. Fares are paid upon boarding.

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