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General Information: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is a largest airport in Bay Area. It is a locked circle and has two levels.  Airport shuttles are located on the upper level (Departures), on the outer curb, in the loading island.  There are 4 loading terminals: 1 - most of the airlines, 2, various airlines, 3 - Mostly United, 4 - International Terminal.  Each of the terminals have 3 loading zones: "Blue" - Supershuttle, "Red" - Go Lorrie's and American, "Rainbow" all other shuttle bus companies.  Airport shuttle vans are regulated by coordinators from 10:00am to 10:00pm.  Outside of this time frame the shuttles are still there but you are on your own. If you have chartered the van you will be directed to terminal courtyard. All courtyards are located on lower (arrival) level along with taxis and scheduled buses.

Tips on using airport shuttle: Make sure to ask, when the van will leave airport, and how many stops there will be before you.  Also watch out for hustlers and strangers trying to help you find a shuttle, just follow signs and ask airport personal only.

It is always better to make a reservation ahead of time.  This way you will know for sure where to go and who to contact.  Most of the airport shuttle companies will ask for a credit card information to secure the reservation.  Ask for contact information and confirm your reservation, just in case, the day before (not necessary but "you never know").  Ask for confirmation numbers (if applicable), and make sure not to loose vouchers, coupons, and reservation slips. Below is the list of companies the will offer shuttle to San Francisco airport.

San Francisco International

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San Francisco International Airport


Airport shuttle companies: back to top

Airport Express
San Francisco shuttle service operating between SF and all major airports. Offers frequent shuttle bus service between SFO and Fisherman's Wharf hotels and Union Square hotels. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.
910 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA


American Airporter Shuttle
Offers regular shuttle from San Francisco airport. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.
120 Willow Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-7800

GO Lorrie’s Airport Shuttle
Offers shuttle service to San Francisco airport from many downtown hotels. Also offers shuttle service from San Francisco airport, permitted for SFO upper level loading.

444 San Mateo Avenue
San Bruno, CA 94066-4417

Pacific Airport Shuttle
Runs shuttle to SFO, available for reservations as well. San Francisco shuttle from airport will take you to anywhere in city limits. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.
1718 16th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122-4538

Peter’s Airport Shuttle
San Francisco shuttle, airport transportation (share ride and private) to and from SF hotels. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.
1187 Parrott Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402-3626

Quake City Shuttle
Offers share ride airport transfers to and from San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose international airports. Available for tours and charters with advanced reservation as well as San Francisco airport shuttle bus service. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.
1379A Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-3830

San Francisco City Shuttle
SFO airport shuttle service to and from SF City. Frequent shuttle service to SFO from Unions Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Serving hotels, businesses and residences. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.

1181 Gilman Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124

Largest airport shuttle company in SF Bay Area. Offers shuttle to airport. San Francisco is the busiest airport. Service is also available to/from Oakland and San Jose airports. Supershuttle is by far the largest company and has a range of vehicles to choose form. Also has a car service/limo option for someone looking for private airport transportation. Luxury sedans offered are usually late model Lincoln Town Car. Permitted for SFO upper level loading.
30 Adrian Court
Burlingame, CA 94010-2101

SFO to/from South Bay (Silicon Valley, San Jose, Santa Cruz): back to top

Early Bird Airport Shuttle
Offers scheduled shuttle service. Stops include Aptos, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, San Jose Airport and San Francisco Airport.

4525 Portola Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Monterey Airbus
Scheduled service between Monterey, Salinas, Prunedale and San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC) airports. 11 scheduled shuttle runs daily.
2220 Del Monte Avenue
Monterey, CA 93940-3713

South and East Bay Airport Shuttle
South Bay Shuttle is one of the oldest and best known shuttle service in San Jose area, widely recommended by Stanford University. Often has best rates for airport transportation, in Peninsula and the South Bay, at times might be the cheapest as it constantly competes with SuperShuttle. The only company that depart  San Francisco Airport every half an hour to service Silicone Valley, San Jose Airport and San Jose area.
14420 Union Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124-2815

Airport shuttle service between Silicone Valley, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and all major airports in Northern California including San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
30 Adrian Court
Burlingame, CA 94010-2101

VIP Airport Shuttle
Offers door-to-door airport transportation to and from Santa Clara county and south Alameda county cities of Hayward, Union City, Fremont and Newark among other places. Service to/from San Francisco Airport (SFO)
2368 Walsh Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051-1324

Zack's Airport Shuttle
Provides share ride airport transportation in Silicon Valley, serving Santa Clara county and vicinity. (San Jose, Sunnyvale, Mt. View, etc...)
San Jose, CA 95126

SFO to/from North Bay (Marin, Napa, Sonoma Counties): back to top

California Wine Tours
Is a tour and transportation company that offers scheduled service between Napa, Vallejo, and San Francisco International Airport.

Evans Airport Service
Offers scheduled airport shuttle bus service between Napa County and San Francisco International (SFO). Stops in Napa and Vallejo on the way. Pick ups are available form most hotels in Napa and Yountville (up on request) wheelchair service is also available (up on request).
4075 Solano Avenue
Napa, CA 94558-2231

Marin Door To Door
Offers airport shuttle service between Marin County and SF airport. Serves Sausalito, Tiburon, San Rafael and other towns in the area.
5 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 1
San Rafael, CA 94903

Marin Airporter
Offers scheduled bus shuttle service between Marin County and San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Stops at Ignacio, San Rafael, Larkspur, Mill Valley, and Sausalito.
8 Lovell Avenue
San Rafael
, CA


Sonoma County Airport Express
Offers scheduled service between Sonoma County (STS) airport and San Francisco Airport (SFO) with stops along the way in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Petaluma. Also has a shuttle bus service to/from cruise ship terminal in the Port of San Francisco.
5807 Old Redwood Highway
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1167

Western Eagle Shuttle
Provides shuttle transportation services from Marin County. Serving Mill Valley, Corta Madera, Sausalito, and San Rafael.
200 Las Gallinas Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94903-3926

SFO to/From East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, Freemont): back to top

Bayporter Express Airport Shuttle
Airport shuttle bus service in San Francisco airport. Bayporter Express has a large fleet of passenger vans. Service area includes Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties. This company is widely recommended by University of California Berkeley. Cities served include Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, as well as many other communities of East Bay.
27 Industrial Way
Brisbane CA 94005

East Bay Connection
Has been serving residents of Contra Costa and Solano Counties since 1989. Provides dependable, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly shared ride transportation. Shuttle to/from SFO. Cities served: Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, etc..
1970 Arnold Industrial Place
Concord, CA 94520


Vallejo Airporter
Shuttle bus to San Francisco airport from Vallejo and surrounding areas
. Family owned business operates a fleet of Lincoln Town Cars, shuttle vans, sedans, and limousines.
954 Grant Street
Vallejo, CA 94590

SFO to/from Greater Sacto (Sacramento, Davis, Folsom): back to top

Davis Airporter
Airport shuttle service between Davis and vicinity and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
P.O. Box 4525
Davis, CA 95617

Folsom Airporter
Shuttle service between Sacto Valley and SFO. Serving Folsom, Rossville, Rocklin and Citrus Heights.
1551 Latherton Way
Folsom, CA 95630-6216

San Francisco Airport Transit: back to top

Using public transportation to get to/form major airports in the area might be tricky but sometimes is the cheapest alternative to other forms of ground transportation.

San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Option One: SamTrans route KX (SFO shuttle bus) goes form the airport to San Francisco Downtown, has stops at Mission Street and 7th St. and Mission St. and 1st St. KX Express fare is about $5.

Option Two: Caltrain, you can take BART from the airport for one stop to get to Caltrain station in Millbrae, CA (100 California Drive, Millbrae 94030) or San Bruno, CA (481 Huntington Ave., San Bruno 94066). Caltrain also stops in following places in San Francisco: Bayshore Station at 400 Tunnel Ave., 22nd St. Station at 1149 22nd. St., and San Francisco Depot at 700 4th. Street. Caltrain fare between SF and San Bruno or Millbrae stations is about $5, BART fares from SFO to San Bruno is $7, and Millbrae is $4.

Option Three: BART, stops in airport and has stops in the following places in San Francisco: in SF Downtown, Embarcadero (Hyatt Regency Hotel), Montgomery St. (Palace Hotel), Powell St./Union Square Hotels, Civic Center/UN Plaza (Holiday Inn Civic Center, Whitcomb Hotel, Renoir Hotel), in the Mission and further south, 16th St./Mission St., 24th St. and Mission St., Glen Park (corner of Diamond and Bosworth Streets), and Balboa Park (between Mission Street and I-280 north of Geneva Avenue). BART fare is about $7-$9 from SF to SFO.

Option Four: It is important to note that even though it is possible to get to other places in SF using transit it might be too much of the hustle getting form bus stop to bus stop especially with luggage and paying for transit (if you pay for BART, SamTrans, or Caltrain you will still need to pay for MUNI) unless you travel very light and live close by one of the stops (of BART, Caltrain, or SamTrans, so you don't have to transfer) it might make more sense to use SFO shuttle service (share ride van), it would be only a few dollars more in total price (tip the driver, if you like the service) but quicker and more convenient because they will take you right to the door for about $15-$18, taxi is about $40, car service (limo) $55 and up.

Airport Shuttle Transportation to/form San Francisco Universities: back to top

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) - has a number of locations in San Francisco, medical center is located on Parnassus Ave. as well as in Mission Bay.

San Francisco State University (SF State or SFSU) - main school housing (dorm) 800 Font Blvd Mary Ward Hall San Francisco, CA 94132

University of San Francisco (USF) - college housing/dorms are at Lone Mountain Campus and Golden Gate Ave., entrance by the "Guard Shack".

Since none of the campuses are located next to BART stations it would not make any sense to use public transit to get to SFO. The price for airport shuttle is about $17 for first passenger and $10 for each additional. Taxi, Car Service, or a Limo would be in $45-$75 range. Similar picture is for OAK, $27 and $10 respectively. Taxi, Car Service, or a Limo would be in $55-$95 range. However if you really want to use transit to get to OAK you will need to use MUNI (San Francisco Municipal Railway - city's public transportation agency) to nearest BART station and take BART to Oakland Airport.

In the unlikely event of traveling to San Jose airport form San Francisco (shuttles are about $65-75 for first passenger, taxis and limos are costly) you may take MUNI to and San Francisco Caltrain Station, take Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain station, from there you can take free VTA (Valley Transit Authority) Airport Flyer Route #10 bus to the airport.

Stanford University Marguerite Shuttle
Marguerite is Stanford’s free public shuttle service, which travels around campus and connects to nearby transit, shopping, dining, and entertainment. A and B lines meet most trains at the Palo Alto Transit Center weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Palo Alto Transit Center is also served by VTA, SamTrans, and the Dumbarton Express (see above). Line C serves the California Avenue Caltrain station. A-line connects Escondido Village and Rains to the main campus and Medical Center. The B-line serves Rains and the East Residences, and goes to Tresidder, Terman and the Law School 6:00 a.m. through 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The SLAC line serves the West Campus Residences and the Oak Creek Apartments. The C-Line serves California Avenue Caltrain Station, the main campus, The Medical Center and the Stanford West Apartments. Marguerite will take you directly to the Stanford Shopping Center, downtown Palo Alto, California Avenue, Town & Country Village, the Bookstore and the Track House. During the academic year in the evenings and on the weekends there is service to the San Antonio Shopping Center. Marguerite also goes to places like, including Encina Hall, Old Union, the Medical Center, and the Stanford Barn. For more information visit Stanford University Parking and Transportation Services website.

Taxis and Limos at SFO: back to top



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