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airport transfer

Last updated: June 21, 2020

The question arises again and again as to how best to get from the airport to the city and to the hotel you have booked.

If you arrive at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and want to go into the city without a rental car, you have several options.

1. The most convenient and fastest option is by taxi: (unfortunately it is also the most expensive)

The quickest way to get from the airport to the city is by taxi and you will be brought directly to the entrance of the hotel you have booked.

Driving time: The journey takes approx. 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the volume of traffic
Costs: For a taxi ride you should calculate around 65 to 95 US $ (plus tip).

2. The ride with the shuttle bus:

The shuttle works as follows: A minibus (usually 9 seats) drives you, and usually some other tourists, from the airport directly to the hotel entrance. If you are lucky, your hotel will be the first on the list, if you are unlucky, your hotel will be last ... and then the travel time will also be based on that.

Unfortunately there are only offers for the shuttle buses from time to time. But you should take a look and you might be lucky.

Driving time: The journey takes about 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the volume of traffic and the hotels to be approached

Prices, information and booking options for the Airport-San Francisco international (SFO)

Transfer options with shuttle buses and private limousines or SUVs

San Francisco Airport Transfers and Ground Transportation - City Hotel San Francisco - Airport

If you choose the shuttle version, you should definitely book in advance! The shuttle bus will then be waiting for you at the airport directly at the exit.

Important NOTE: Some hotels near the airport have their own shuttle bus service, which is already included in the room rate for residents.

3. The journey with the Schnell-Bahn (BART) and the MUNI-Bus:

The BART station is located directly at the airport and from there the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) runs into the city every 30 minutes from 4:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Driving time: The drive to Market Street takes approximately 25 minutes. From there, the MUNI buses go to almost every San Francisco hotel. The duration of the bus journey varies depending on the location of the hotel ...
Costs: The fare for the BART (as of June 1st, 2020) is US $ 10.15 per person. A ride on the MUNI bus costs (as of June 1st, 2020) US $ 3 per person. Ride on the MUNI bus is free for holders of the CityPass or MUNIPassport. The ride with the BART is Unfortunately not included in the MUNI passport.

Here you can book your ticket for the Schnell-Bahn (BART) before your trip and avoid the stress on the day of arrival.

If you want to spend your stay in San Francisco without a car and pick up your rental car at the airport after your visit to the city (this has the advantage that you can choose your vehicle in the Choiceline from most providers) then you can do so on best do it with the BART, which will bring you directly to the terminal and the free rental car shuttle station.

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