Sleeping in Airports

San Francisco Airport Transportation

Amtrak Connections

The Amtrak Train Station can be access from the airport via the Bay Area Rapid Transit Rapid Rail and a short (8 min) walk with a total trip time of 40 minutes. Alternatively you can also take a taxi which should take approximately 25-30 minutes.


SamTrans Public Bus Service provides 24-hour bus service (via 3 bus routes) between SFO, San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco.

  • Terminal 2:  Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, center island adjacent to Courtyard 2
  • Terminal 3:  Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, curbside adjacent to Courtyard 4
  • International Terminal:  Level 1 at Courtyard A and curbside adjacent to Courtyard G

For routes, fares and schedules, go to the SamTrans website.

Car Rentals

SFO’s onsite car rental agencies operate within the airport’s Rental Car Center, accessible from the airport terminals via AirTrain Blue Line. Off-site car rental agencies provide a free shuttle. Visit the San Francisco Airport website to see which car rental agencies are available.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels offer free airport shuttle service as a convenience for their guests. Courtesy shuttles pick-up from the “Hotel Courtesy Shuttle” zones located on the center island, Level 2 (Departures/Ticketing) of each terminal. Contact your hotel of choice for shuttle service availability and information. Here are a few hotels that offer airport shuttle: Aloft San Francisco Airport   •   Best Western Plus El Rancho Inn   •   Comfort Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport West   •   Days Inn San Francisco International Airport West   •   Gateway Inn and Suites Hotel   •   Hampton Inn & Suites San Francisco-Burlingame-Airport South   •   Hotel Aura San Bruno   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites San Francisco Airport West   •   Millwood Inn & Suites   •   Ramada San Bruno SFO Airport   •   Super 8 San Bruno / SF Intl Arpt W   •   The Dylan at SFO   •   The Westin San Francisco Airport   •   Vagabond Inn Executive SFO Airport.

Inter-Terminal Transportation

The AirTrain Red Line connects all terminals, airport garages (excluding long-term parking) and SFO BART station, while the AirTrain Blue Line connects all of those areas with the Rental Car Center. Both lines run in intervals as frequent as every 4 minutes. AirTrain stations and trains are fully wheelchair-accessible.

To reach the long-term parking facilities, take one of the free SFO shuttle buses from the terminals. Buses run every 5 – 15 minutes.

Private Transportation Networks

SFO is served by Lyft, Sidecar, UberX and Wingz. These networks provide chauffeured transportation between the airport and the requested destination, using the driver’s personal vehicle. Services are pre-booked online or via smartphone app. Contact your service provider of choice for rates and information.

Shared Ride Vans

Several companies offer shared ride service to and from SFO. Reservations are not required for service from the airport, but strongly suggested, especially for rides after 11:00PM. Rides to the airport, however, must always be pre-booked. At the time of this April 2019 update, fares are $17.00 per passenger for a one-way ride between the airport and downtown San Francisco.


Taxi ranks are located in the center island of the roadway outside on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim level of all terminals. Uniformed taxi coordinators are available on hand from 7:00AM – 1:00AM to assist passengers with questions or locate a wheelchair-accessible taxi for passengers who request one. At the time of this April 2019 update, fares range from $47 – $67 for a one-way ride between the airport and downtown San Francisco.


See Bus section above for info about connections to SamTrans Buses.

BART is a commuter train network serving San Francisco, northern San Mateo County and the East Bay. SFO has a BART station on the Departures/Ticketing level of the International Terminal at Boarding Area G. For BART ticket vouchers, fares, schedules and other information, visit the BART website.

CalTrain offers commuter rail service between San Francisco and San Jose, with weekday service to Gilroy. BART connects SFO to the CalTrain network at Millbrae Station, a common stop on both networks. For further information, visit the CalTrain website.