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San Francisco International Airport [SFO] — Ultimate Terminal Guide

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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is one of the nation’s busiest airports and has won awards for its green approach to sustainability and environmental impact. SFO’s 5-year strategic plan is to become the first airport in the world to achieve zero carbon, zero waste, and zero net energy.

As well as making improvements to its impact on the environment, SFO has been carrying out regular construction projects to improve facilities for passengers.

Phased redevelopments are ongoing at Terminal 1 with full completion scheduled for 2024, including a new connector bridge to International Terminal A gates within the secure area to speed up flight connections.

Quick Information

Airport: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Terminals: 4 — including Terminals 1, 2, and 3 and the International Terminal (with boarding gate areas A and G)
Airport Address: Highway 101, San Francisco, CA 94128
Distance From San Francisco: 13 miles (21 km)
Website: flysfo.com
Phone Number: 800-435-9736
Destinations Served: 125+ nonstop destinations
Flight Information: Departures and arrival information can be viewed here

SFO Terminal Map

San Francisco International Airport Map
San Francisco International Airport map. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Airlines Operating From SFO

International Terminal A

International Terminal G

  • Aer Lingus
  • Air China
  • Air India
  • Air New Zealand
  • All Nippon Airlines (ANA)
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • Fiji Airways
  • French Bee
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines (international flights)

Harvey Milk Terminal 1

Terminal 2

Terminal 3

SFO Airport Terminals

San Francisco International Airport Terminals
San Francisco International Airport terminals. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

SFO airport is circular, with the terminal boarding gate areas located outside the circle and parking and ground transportation on the inside.

The airport has 1 international terminal and 3 domestic terminals, easily reached via pedestrian walkways or by riding the AirTrain.

SFO has good public transport links with regular buses serving the airport and the BART train station, which provides direct services to downtown San Francisco.

Other modes of transportation are also easily accessible from the terminals, with the AirTrain connecting passengers to the car rental center and shuttle buses running to/from the long-term parking garages.

International Terminal

San Francisco International Terminal Main Hall
San Francisco International Airport International Terminal main hall. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

The International Terminal has a central main hall for ticketing, services, shops, and restaurants on Level 3. This is also where passengers access the BART Station for connections to San Francisco.

Arrivals and baggage claim are located on Level 2 and the AirTrain stations are located on Level 4.

The departures area is split across 2 concourses — A and G — with parking facilities and AirTrain stations located on either side.

International A Gates

San Francisco International Airport Terminal A
San Francisco International Airport Terminal A. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

The international A gates are located on the airport’s southern side and consist of gates numbered A1 to A15. The concourse has a security checkpoint and dedicated parking garage for passengers departing on airlines that depart from the A gates.

The concourse has shops, dining, and the Emirates Lounge for eligible passengers.

International G Gates

San Francisco International Airport Terminal G
San Francisco International Airport Terminal G. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

The international G gates are located on the northern side of the airport, with gates numbered G1 to G14.

The concourse has a main security checkpoint and a smaller one for passengers connecting from international flights to domestic flights departing from Terminal 3. The G concourse has shops and restaurants, a United Polaris Lounge, and a United Club.

Passengers departing on airlines that utilize the G gates are advised to use the G-side parking garage as it is closest to their check-in and departure areas.

Harvey Milk Terminal 1

San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 1. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Harvey Milk Terminal 1 is one of the 3 domestic terminals at SFO, with flights operated by American Airlines, JetBlue, and Southwest Airlines.

The terminal has 1 concourse with gates numbered B6 to B27, with a security checkpoint at the entrance of the gate area. There are also a few shops, restaurants, and an American Airlines Admirals Club.

Passengers can walk within the secure area to connect to a flight at the International Terminal. Connecting to any other terminals would require walking outside of the secure area or riding the AirTrain.

Terminal 2

San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines operate flights from Terminal 2’s 2 concourses, with Gates C2 to C11 and D1 to D18.

The terminal has a good selection of shops and restaurants, a Delta Sky Club in Concourse C, and an Alaska Airlines lounge. Passengers can walk within the secure area between Concourses C and D or take the walkway to connect to Terminal 3 but would need to ride the AirTrain for any other terminal connections.

Terminal 3

San Francisco International Airport Terminal 3
San Francisco International Airport Terminal 3. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Terminal 3 consists of 36 gates — E1 to E13 and F1 to F22 — across 2 concourses.

Only United Airlines operates flights from this terminal, and there are 2 United Club lounges and an American Express Centurion Lounge. There are also shops and restaurants throughout the terminal and concourses.

Passengers connecting from an inbound flight to Terminal 3 to an international flight from the G gates can walk along the connector bridge within the secure area. Any passengers looking to connect to an international flight from the A gates must re-clear security. Passengers can access Terminal 2 via a walkway (there’s one pre-security and one post-security)

Inter-Terminal Transport

AirTrain 

San Francisco International Airport AirTrain
San Francisco International Airport AirTrain. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

The AirTrain is a convenient people mover that connects passengers between terminals and to/from the car rental center and long-term parking.

The red line runs clockwise, stopping at all terminals, terminal garages, the BART Station, and the Grand Hyatt hotel. The blue line runs counter-clockwise, stopping at all terminals, terminal garages, the BART Station, the Grand Hyatt, the car rental center, and long-term parking.

San Francisco International Airport AirTrain
San Francisco International Airport AirTrain. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Trains depart as frequently as every 4 minutes and operate 24 hours a day, connecting passengers outside of the secure area.

Walking

The terminals are all connected in a loop — Terminal 1 – Terminal 2 – Terminal 3 – International Terminal G – International Terminal A – Terminal 1. Note that ongoing construction work may prevent you from walking between some terminals.

Passengers connecting from the International Terminal to Terminal 1 can walk outside the secure area. Passengers connecting between Gates C2 to C11 and D1 to D18 can walk inside the secure area without re-clearing security.

Terminal 3 is connected to the International Terminal outside of the secure area, and passengers connecting from Terminal 3 to departure gates G in the International Terminal can walk via an airside connector bridge without the need to re-clear security.

Terminals 2 and 3 are connected by 2 walkways; one is pre-security, and one is post-security.

Any passengers connecting to the A gates in the International Terminal must re-clear security at the entrance to the A gates.

Security and Customs at SFO

San Francisco International Airport Security Checkpoints
San Francisco International Airport security checkpoints. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Each terminal at SFO has 2 security checkpoints, excluding Terminal 1, which has 1 checkpoint. The checkpoints have different opening hours:

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CheckpointOpening HoursServing Gates
Security checkpoint A4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.Gates A1 to A15
Security checkpoint B4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.Gates B6 to B27
Security checkpoint C4 a.m. to 1 a.m.Gates C2 to C11 and D1 to D18
Security checkpoint D4 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.Gates D1 to D18 and C2 to C11
Security checkpoint F14 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.Gates F1 to F22, E1 to E13, and G1 to G14
Security checkpoint F35 a.m. to 5 p.m.Gates F1 to F22, E1 to E13, and G1 to G14
Security checkpoint G4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.Gates G1 to G14, E1 to E13, and F1 to F22

TSA PreCheck

SFO has dedicated TSA PreCheck lanes at all checkpoints for expedited screening.

The airport also has a TSA PreCheck Enrollment Center in the International Terminal near the G gates security checkpoint. This enables passengers to apply online and arrange their interview for when they are next passing through SFO. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Global Entry

SFO also participates in Global Entry for expedited clearance of passengers arriving on international flights.

An application can be submitted online, and an interview will need to be scheduled at an enrollment center, of which SFO has 1, located on the arrivals level of the International Terminal. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mobile Passport

SFO participates in Mobile Passport Control, allowing passengers to submit their details via the app (iOS, Android) on arrival at the airport.

Passengers may then proceed through the Mobile Passport express lane and present their instant receipt and passport to a CBP agent.

CLEAR

CLEAR allows expedited security clearance at SFO for approved members and is accepted at all terminals.

SFO Airport Lounges

There are several lounges at SFO, with some reserved exclusively for passengers flying in premium cabins, elite-tier frequent flyers, or selected credit cardholders.

If you aren’t eligible for lounge access with your airline or cabin class, there are few options to purchase a day pass (subject to capacity allowance). The prices for these lounges, where available, are indicated below.

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LoungeLocationOpening Hours*Day Pass Fee per Person**
Air Canada Maple Leaf LoungeTerminal 2, after securityDaily: 4:15 a.m. to 10:15 p.m.N/A
Air France/KLM LoungeInternational Terminal A, left after security
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: 7:15 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
N/A
Alaska LoungeTerminal 2, just beyond the D security checkpoint5 a.m. to 10 p.m.$60
American Airlines Admirals ClubHarvey Milk Terminal 1, near Gate B13Daily: 5 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.$79
American Express Centurion LoungeTerminal 3, near Gate F2Daily: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.N/A
British Airways First and Business Class LoungeInternational Terminal A, after securityDaily: 12:30 p.m. to last departureN/A
Cathay Pacific First and Business Class LoungeInternational Terminal A, near Gate A1Subject to Cathay Pacific flight schedulesN/A
China Airlines LoungeInternational Terminal A, left after security, Level 4Daily: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.N/A
Delta Sky ClubTerminal 2, near Gate C3
  • Saturday – Monday: 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday – Friday: 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
N/A
Emirates LoungeInternational Terminal A, between Gates A2 and A6Daily: 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.N/A
Freshen UpInternational Terminal G, outside of the entrance to securityDaily: 24 hours$40
United ClubTerminal G, between Gates G6 and G9Daily: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.$59
United ClubTerminal 3 in the F gates rotundaDaily: 5 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.$59
United ClubTerminal 3, near Gate E4Daily: 5:45 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.$59
United Polaris LoungeInternational Terminal G, near Gate G1Daily: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.N/A
USO Lounge (Free for Active Military)Terminal 1, pre-security above the American Airlines ticket counterDaily: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.N/A
Virgin Atlantic ClubhouseInternational Terminal A, left after security, Level 5Daily: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.N/A

*Hours are subject to change without notice. Lounge access may be restricted at times due to capacity.
**Day Pass for any passenger. Lounges marked as N/A only allow entry for eligible passengers in their premium cabins, frequent flyer programs, or participating credit card programs.

Hot Tip: Avoid paying lounge entry fees simply by having a credit card that offers complimentary lounge access.

Priority Pass Access

The following lounges accept Priority Pass entry but are also subject to capacity allowance:

  • Air France/KLM Lounge (Golden Gate Lounge)
  • China Airlines Lounge
  • Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

Priority Pass holders can also use their membership to receive a discount at:

  • Lark Creek Grill
  • Mustards Bar & Grill
  • San Francisco Giants Clubhouse
  • Yankee Pier

Airport Dining and Drinks at SFO

SFO has over 70 restaurants, bars, and grab-and-go options. There’s a good selection outside security in the International Terminal Main Hall, so if you arrive early for your flight, you’ll have somewhere to pass the time.

If you want to check out your dining options at the airport, visit the airport’s website, where you can filter results by terminal and location pre- or post-security.

SFO Airport Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

San Francisco International Airport Charging Stations
San Francisco International Airport charging stations. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Free Wi-Fi is available to passengers throughout the terminals and car rental center. To connect, select the Wi-Fi network “#SFO FREE WIFI,” launch your browser, accept the terms and conditions, and click Connect.

For any issues, you can contact the Wi-Fi support line at 855-415-9434.

Hot Tip: Not all airports offer free Wi-Fi. If you don’t want to worry about being disconnected, you may want to pick up a mobile hotspot to keep you connected. 

Charging Stations: These can be found throughout the terminals and in the Terminal 2 food court with dedicated power bars.

Travelers’ Workstations: Desks with charging stations can be found in every terminal for passengers wanting to use and charge laptops while comfortably waiting for a flight.

SFO Airport Lost and Found

If you lose an item at the airport, you must follow up with the appropriate department, depending on where the item was misplaced.

  • Public Areas: For items lost in the terminals, parking garages, or AirTrain, contact the San Francisco Police Department Lost and Found at 650-821-7014 or email sfolostandfound@flysfo.com. They also have a desk in the Terminal 1 arrivals hall.
  • Security Checkpoints: Contact Covenant Aviation Security at 650-457-2670 or email lostandfound@covenantsecurity.com.
  • Airplanes: Contact the applicable airline.
  • Transfer Bus to/From Long-Term Parking or the Car Rental Center: Contact the SFO Shuttle Bus Company at 415-915-9760.

Additional Airport Information

Information Services

Information booths are in every terminal at SFO in the main central areas.

Travelers Aid

There is no travelers aid center at SFO. The nearest center is the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County in San Rafael.

Children’s Play Areas

SFO is one of the most kid-friendly airports in the U.S., so SFO is clearly focused on family travel. SFO has 3 Kids Spots with interactive and educational features to entertain children before your flight. Terminal 2’s Kids Spot is near Gate D7, and Terminal 3’s is near Gates E7 and F18.

Baby Facilities

Nursing Rooms
San Francisco International Airport nursing rooms. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

SFO has nursing stations in every terminal, located at:

  • International Terminal:
    • Main hall, near the G gates security checkpoint
    • Near Gate G4
  • Terminal 1: Near Gate C7
  • Terminal 2:
    • Departures level, near Museum Art Cases
    • Departures level, near the security checkpoint
    • Departures level, behind Alaska Airlines ticket counter
    • Arrivals level, near carousel 1
    • Arrivals level, near carousel 4
    • Near Gate C7
    • Near Gate D4
    • Near Gate D14
  • Terminal 3: 
    • Departures level, near entryway door 5
    • Mezzanine level, by the concession area
    • Near Gate E5
    • Near Gate F4
    • Near Gate F16

Pet Relief Areas

While not a top pet-friendly U.S. airport, SFO still offers a lot when traveling with Fido. SFO has pet relief areas in every terminal, and these are located at:

  • Terminal 1:
    • Concourse B restrooms
    • Baggage claim level (outdoor courtyard)
  • Terminal 2:
    • Concourse C, near Gate C5
    • Concourse D restrooms, near Sunset News
    • Baggage claim level (outdoor courtyard)
  • Terminal 3:
    • Concourse F restrooms, near San Francisco Magazine News
    • Baggage claim level (outdoor courtyard)
  • International Terminals: Near the end of Concourse A (indoor area)

Duty-Free

Duty-free shopping is available at the International Terminals, located near Gates A11 and G4.

Smoking Areas

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals and the secure area.

Interesting Features

SFO has a video arts room that shows documentaries, experimental films, and animations that are no more than 15 minutes. The airport also presents the Wag Brigade with trained dogs (and even a pig) roaming the airport wearing “Pet Me” vests.

Prayer

There are no chapels or dedicated places of prayer at SFO. However, the airport has the Berman Reflection Room for quiet reflection and meditation.

Money

ATMs are located throughout the terminals, and currency exchange desks are located in the International Terminal and Terminal 3 near Gate E1.

Luggage

Outside G security, luggage storage is available at the Airport Travel Agency in the International Terminal.

Water Fountains

Hydration stations are available in every terminal and at the departure concourses.

Important SFO Phone Numbers

General Inquiries: 800-435-9736

Parking: 650-821-7900

Airport Travel Agency (luggage storage): 650-877-0422

Travel to and From SFO

Transport Options

Train

  • BART: Passengers can ride the BART train to/from many destinations within the Bay Area, including downtown San Francisco or Oakland. The BART station is accessible from the G side of the International Terminal on the ticketing level. A one-way ticket between SFO and downtown San Francisco is $10.20 and takes 30 minutes.
  • Caltrain: This commuter train serves San Francisco and San Jose. Passengers can connect from the Caltrain to the BART at Millbrae Station, where they must transfer to San Bruno Station for airport trains.

Bus

  • SamTrans: These public buses transport passengers to/from San Mateo County and San Francisco to SFO. Buses depart outside Terminals 2 and 3 and International Terminals A and G.
  • Charter Bus: Charter bus services are available to book. View a list of operators on the airport’s website.

Shuttles

Shared-ride and private-ride shuttles are available from each terminal at SFO. These can be prebooked or arranged on arrival by checking in at the shared ride van monitor located in the arrivals hall. A list of operators can be found here.

Taxi

Metered taxis are available from outside of each terminal on the arrivals level. Depending on your destination and traffic, SFO to downtown will cost around $45.

Ride Services

Lyft, Uber, and Wingz are approved ride service operators. Drivers can drop off and pick up at the international terminal on both levels. At the domestic terminals, shared-ride services should pick up from Level 5 of the domestic garage, and private services should pick up curbside on the departures level.

Directions by Car to SFO

Arriving From the North

Take US-101 southbound until exit 438, where you continue on CA-1/Veterans Blvd. Use the right 3 lanes to turn slightly right onto Junipero Serra Blvd. and take the slip road onto I-280. Take exit 43A for I-380 towards US 101/SF Int’l Airport, then exit 6A towards US-101, where you follow the terminals’ signs.

Arriving From the South

Join the US-101 northbound until exit 422 towards San Francisco International Airport, where you can follow signs for the terminals.

San Francisco International Airport to Union Square

Head northwest on US-101 for around 12 miles and keep right at the fork to continue on I-80 East. Follow signs for Bay Bridge and take exit 1 for 7th Street towards US-101 North. Continue on Charles J. Brenham Place, turn left onto McAllister Street, and finally turn right onto Leavenworth Street towards Union Square.

SFO Airport Parking

San Francisco International Airport Parking
San Francisco International Airport parking map. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport Parking Air Train
AirTrain routes for airport parking. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Official Airport Parking

There are over 5,000 spaces at SFO for passengers looking to park short- and long-term.

Short-Term Parking

The domestic garage is located in the center of the airport, close to the entrance of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. This is the largest airport parking garage with rates of $2 per 15 minutes or $36 per 24 hours. This garage offers covered and uncovered parking with a maximum clearance of 6 feet 6 inches.

Valet Parking is also available in the domestic garage on Level 4. Fees are $45 for the first 24 hours, with subsequent hours charged at $2 per 15 minutes or $45 per 24 hours.

International Terminals A and G both have parking garages located close by with covered and uncovered parking. Rates are $2 per 15 minutes or $36 per 24 hours.

Long-Term Parking

Long-term parking is available in the long-term surface lot or 2 long-term garages. These options are a little way from the terminals and cost $2 per 15 minutes or $18 per 24 hours. A courtesy shuttle bus transports passengers from the parking areas to the terminals every 5 to 15 minutes.

Hot Tip: Passengers with a credit card linked to a FasTrak account can use the FasTrak lanes at the parking garages for quicker payment via their account.

Cell Phone Waiting Lot

Cell phone waiting lot
Cell phone waiting lot. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

The cell phone waiting lot is situated near the long-term parking lots and allows friends and family 60 minutes of free parking to await a call from the passenger for pick up. Vehicles must not be left unattended while waiting, and the lot is closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Kiss and Fly Lot

Kiss and Fly Lot
Kiss and Fly lot. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

Friends or family dropping off passengers can avoid terminal traffic by utilizing the Kiss and Fly lot located at the car rental center.

The free AirTrain runs between the airport terminals and car rental center with the journey taking around 10 minutes.

Hot Tip: Many domestic airlines enable passengers to check in and drop off their bags at the car rental center lobby to avoid carrying luggage on the train. 

Off-Site and Hotel Parking

The cheapest parking is not always available at the airport parking lots. Off-site lots and hotels will often offer you the most competitive rates while still transporting passengers to/from the airport with a courtesy shuttle service.

If you’ve got a bit more time to spare, it’s worth checking out these alternative parking options with daily rates starting at $9. Airportparkingreservations.com is a good website to use, with a clear layout and pricing format.

Parking for Passengers With Disabilities

Accessible parking is available in all airport parking lots with spaces close to the elevators in the domestic and international parking garages. The long-term parking lots have wheelchair-accessible shuttle buses running to and from the terminals.

For height clearance, accessible cars exceeding 6 feet 6 inches cannot enter the domestic garage and are advised to proceed to the valet parking on the departures roadway for assistance. The international parking garages and long-term garage 2 can accommodate vehicles up to 8 feet 2 inches, while the long-term garage has a maximum clearance of 6 feet 10 inches.

Parking Contact Numbers

General parking inquiries: 650-821-7900

Car Rental at SFO Airport

The car rental center is located on airport property away from the terminals, and passengers can ride the AirTrain in 10 minutes for access.

The following agencies operate from the car rental center at SFO:

The following agencies are located off-airport property with a courtesy shuttle bus connecting from the car rental center:

  • Airport Van Rental: 650-952-5543
  • NU Car Rentals: 800-55-NUCAR
  • Payless: 650-548-5161
  • Fox: 415-917-2713

Hot Tip: There are credit cards with car rental insurance included as a perk, so you can avoid paying the rental companies for their (often) expensive insurance!

SFO Airport Hotels

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. Image Credit: Hyatt

SFO airport accommodation ranges from 2 to 4 stars, with hotels located as close as 0.4 miles from the terminals. Hotels usually provide a courtesy shuttle bus to/from the airport and may also offer parking as a combined package.

We’ve included a list of hotels below, up to 3 miles from the airport, with contact details for booking.

SFO Airport Hotels — Sorted by Distance

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar Rating
Distance From the Airport (Miles)
Grand Hyatt at SFO55 S. McDonnell Rd., San Francisco, Millbrae, CA 94128
650-452-1234
40.4
El Rancho Inn, BW Signature Collection1100 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
650-588-8500
30.8
La Quinta by Wyndham San Francisco Airport West1390 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
650-952-3200
30.9
The Millwood1375 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
650-583-3935
30.9
Hotel 1550 – SFO Airport West1550 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-452-6549
21
The Westin San Francisco Airport1 Old Bayshore Hwy., Millbrae, CA 94030
650-692-3500
41
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott San Francisco Airport250 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
650-259-0400
31
Aloft San Francisco Airport401 E. Millbrae Ave., Millbrae, CA 94030
650-443-5500
31.1
Ritz Inn151 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-589-3553
11.2
Hotel Aura SFO Airport190 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-588-0800
31.2
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront1800 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-692-9100
41.3
The Dylan Hotel at SFO110 S. El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
650-697-7373
31.3
Hampton Inn & Suites San Francisco-Burlingame-Airport South1755 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-697-5736
31.3
Super 8 by Wyndham San Bruno/San Francisco (SFO) Airport421 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-835-7650
31.5
Vagabond Inn Executive SFO1640 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-692-4040
31.5
Comfort Inn & Suites San Francisco Intl. Airport West611 San Bruno Ave. E., San Bruno, CA 94066
650-589-5089
31.5
Gateway Inn and Suites516 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-583-4555
31.6
Bay Landing Hotel1550 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-259-9000
31.6
Regency Inn at San Francisco Airport411 San Bruno Ave. E., San Bruno, CA 94066
650-589-7535
21.6
Villa Montes Hotel620 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-745-0111
31.7
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010
650-347-1234
42
Hotel Nova SFO By FairBridge410 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-875-7878
32
Bayhill Inn950 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
650-588-4967
22
Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Airport1050 Bayhill Dr., San Bruno, CA 94066
650-952-3333
32.1
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport South1250 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-347-2381
32.1
Best Western Plus Grosvenor Airport Hotel380 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-873-3200
32.1
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport North373 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-589-0600
32.2
Travelodge by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North326 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-741-4222
22.2
Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport1177 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-342-9200
32.3
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco-Airport North275 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-873-3550
32.3
Park Pointe Hotel245 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-589-7200
22.4
Four Points by Sheraton – San Francisco Airport264 S. Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-624-3700
32.4
Hotel Focus SFO111 Mitchell Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-877-0770
32.5
Sonesta ES Suites San Francisco Airport San Bruno1350 Huntington Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066
650-588-0770
32.5
DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-344-5500
32.6
La Quinta by Wyndham San Francisco Airport North20 Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-583-2223
22.6
Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport – Waterfront150 Anza Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-342-4600
32.7
Comfort Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport North121 E. Grand Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-589-7100
32.8
Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport – South San Francisco250 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-589-3400
32.8
Hampton Inn San Francisco Airport300 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-876-0200
32.9
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco Airport North670 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-872-1515
32.9
Larkspur Landing South San Francisco-An All-Suite Hotel690 Gateway Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080
650-827-1515
32.9
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-340-8500
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Top 3 Hotel Stays Using Points

Depending on the season, hotels in San Francisco can be quite pricey. Fortunately, with points and miles, your stay in the Bay Area doesn’t need to break the bank. Here are some of the best award booking options near San Francisco International Airport.

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HotelAddress and Phone NumberStar RatingDistance From the Airport (Miles)
Point Redemption Cost
The Westin San Francisco Airport1 Old Bayshore Hwy., Millbrae, CA 94030
650-692-3500
41
From 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport1333 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-347-1234
42
9,000 to 15,000 World of Hyatt points
San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront1800 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010
650-692-9100
41.3
From 32,800 Marriott Bonvoy points

The Westin San Francisco offers a state-of-the-art fitness studio, a heated indoor saltwater pool, and complimentary bike rental. Guests can enjoy spectacular views with rooms overlooking San Francisco Bay. A free shuttle runs to/from the airport every 20 minutes to make your trip even easier. Guests who are members of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program can book award nights starting at 40,000 points per night.

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport offers premium convenience as the hotel is next door to the airport. It offers the standard free shuttle service and boasts an on-site Hertz rental car desk. With several large meeting spaces and a 24-hour business center, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport is an ideal choice for business travelers. World of Hyatt loyalty program members can book award nights from 9,000 points per night.

The San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront offers breathtaking views through the massive wall of windows in their lobby: it’s mesmerizing to watch planes take off over San Francisco Bay from one of the comfy chairs. Sleek, streamlined rooms and amenities such as a fitness center, indoor pool, and hot tub will no doubt make your stay a pleasant one. Members of the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program can book award nights from 32,800 points per night.

Hot Tip: If you want to top off your points to stay at any of these options, see our guides on the best ways to earn more Marriott Bonvoy or World of Hyatt points.

Final Thoughts

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The SkyTerrace observation deck in Terminal 2 features seating and incredible views. Image Credit: San Francisco International Airport

SFO is San Francisco’s primary airport for international flights to Europe and Asia and is conveniently located for many of San Francisco’s main attractions and business districts.

However, flight operations are regularly affected by San Francisco’s famous bay fog, so if you’re looking to reach Yosemite National Park or other areas outside of San Francisco, you also have the option of flying into Oakland International Airport (OAK).

Navigating San Francisco International Airport is easy with the convenient AirTrain and the ability to walk between some terminals outside and within the secure area of some terminals.

If you’re an AvGeek and have time to burn before your flight, you might like to check out SFO’s observation deck. Located at Terminal 2, SkyTerrace is free to the public (outside of the general secure area) and offers runways and airport operations views.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Terminal 2 at SFO domestic or international?

Terminal 2 at SFO is a domestic terminal, although it may have a few flights to Canada or preapproved destinations. There are no customs or immigration facilities at Terminal 2.

How many terminals are at SFO?

SFO has 4 terminals — 1, 2, 3, and the International Terminal that is further split into the A gate and G gate departure areas. All of the major U.S. carriers operate from SFO and many international carriers operate from the International Terminal. These are listed near the beginning of this article.

Can you walk from Terminal 2 to 3 at SFO?

Passengers can walk between Terminals 2 and 3 at SFO inside of the secure area, so you would not need to re-clear security.

Can you walk between terminals at SFO?

All terminals at SFO are connected in a circular loop: Terminal 1 – Terminal 2 – Terminal 3 – International Terminal G gates – International Terminal A gates – Terminal 1. Most walkways are located outside of the secure area but there are a couple of opportunities to stay within the secure area. With ongoing construction work, some walkways may be inaccessible.

Which terminal is United Airlines at SFO?

United Airlines solely occupies Terminal 3 for its domestic flights and is also based in the International Terminal G for its international flight network.

Does SFO Terminal 2 have CLEAR?

Terminal 2 at SFO has CLEAR for expedited access to airport security lines. This uses eye and fingerprint scanning for quicker identification of a passenger.

What terminal is American Airlines in San Francisco?

American Airlines is based out of Terminal 1 at SFO. There is also an Admirals Club in the gate area of this terminal.

What terminal is EVA Air at SFO?

EVA Air is based at International Terminal G at San Francisco International Airport.

What terminal does Alaska fly out of at SFO?

Alaska Airlines operates flights from Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport.

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Amar is an avid traveler and tester of products. He has spent the last 13 years traveling all 7 continents and has put the products to the test on each of them. He has contributed to publications including Forbes, the Huffington Post, and more.

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