San Francisco Airport (SFO) Guide

About San Francisco Airport

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is situated south of the city and opened in 1927. Click here for cheap flights to San Francisco.

Distance from CBD -  21km

Taxi - NZ $50 approximately to city centre

Public Transport

The BART Rapid Rail system connects San Francisco Airport with northern San Mateo County, San Francisco and the East Bay. The station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal. Catch the BART train to the Millbrae Station for connections with the Caltrain rail service, which operates between San Francisco and San Jose. There is also the SamTrans public bus service connecting the airport with San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco and Palo Alto.

Car Hire

San Francisco Airport's Rental Car Centre is accessible via a short ride on the AirTrain Blue Line. AirTrain stations are located at all terminals, carparks, the BART station and of course the Rental Car Centre. Companies represented in the centre include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National and Thrifty. There is also a shuttle service from the Rental Car Centre to the off-site Payless office upon request. Book your car online to guarantee availability.


Check-in desks are located on the Departures Level of the Main Hall in the International Terminal, and near the entrances of the other terminal buildings.

Money Exchange

There are Travelex currency exchange desks located throughout the International Terminal and near Gate 71 of Terminal 3. There are also ATMs conveniently located throughout the airport. Alternatively, pre-purchase your American dollars in the form of cash or a MasterCard Cash Passport from Travel Money.

Business Services

The TripTel Business Centre in the International Terminal Arrivals Lobby offers internet work stations, fax and copy services and cell phone rental. There are also several hotels in close proximity to San Francisco Airport that offer full conference facilities.

Internet Access

Free WiFi is provided throughout San Francisco Airport. To access your free WiFi, simply connect to the network named "sfo free wifi" on your device and follow the prompts.


For any luggage items lost in the terminals or on the AirTrain, visit the Lost and Found office in Terminal 1 near Baggage Carousel 17, or call (650) 821-7014. Luggage carts are available from fee-based dispensers throughout the terminals and car parks. These are free for inbound international passengers. Baggage wrapping services are available at the Airport Travel Agency and the LMD Baggage Wrapping Kiosk, both located in the International Terminal Main Hall. The Airport Travel Agency also offers luggage storage.

Family Facilities

Baby changing facilities are available throughout the airport, both before and after security screening.


Showers are available at Freshen Up in the Main Hall of the International Terminal. Toiletries and ironing facilities are also offered here.

Airline Lounges

American Airlines Admirals Club

United Club


Delta Sky Club - The Delta Sky Club offers eligible travellers a range of benefits including a fully stocked bar, complimentary snacks, free WiFi, satellite TV, business cubicles, reading material and personalised flight assistance. There are two Sky Clubs within San Francisco Airport - one in the International Terminal beyond Security Checkpoint A, and one on the Mezzanine Level of Terminal 1. The lounges are open to Delta Sky Club members, SkyTeam Business Class and First Class passengers, eligible SkyTeam frequent flyer members, and buyers of one-day or 30-day passes.


AirTrain is San Francisco Airport's fully automated people mover, providing a convenient and frequent transfer service between areas throughout the airport. The AirTrain is free to use and stops at all terminals, terminal car parks, the BART station and the Rental Car Centre.


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