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San Francisco Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our San Francisco Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I would rate SFO a very people-friendly airport!!!
-Da Norseman

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover at San Francisco AIrport, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at San Francisco International Airport.

What to Expect

  • SFO is made up of four terminals: T1, T2, T3, and the International Terminal. You can walk to all of them pre-security in approx. 15 minutes.
  • Delays are a regular occurance thanks to the fog in the Bay Area.
  • The airport offers a lot of local food options.
  • WiFi is free. See more WiFi information below.

Where to Sleep

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  • Generally, overnight sleeping is hassle-free, but not particularly comfortable.
  • Bright lights and frequent announcements are common complaints, so have a sleep mask and earplugs or noise cancelling headphones handy.
  • Pro Tip: there are padded benched in Terminal 2 near Baggage Claim #4 (post-security in arrivals). Each couch is big enough for two people, provided you like each other. Announcements are low, but bring a blanket.
  • New, modern furniture in some terminals (airside) is padded and comfortable, though the arrangement lacks privacy. Walk around to find areas with a bit more privacy.
  • The quietest spot may be at Terminal 3 (landside). You can move furniture around pretty easily to create some privacy. Arrive early and there may be bigger bench-style couches.
  • Plenty of leather lounges, most with arm rests - try wrapping around them in fetal position with a soft bag or blanket.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are nap rooms inside the International Terminal and nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels below for more info.

Good to Know

  • Showers are available in the international terminal. See Showers below for more info.
  • Economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.

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San Francisco Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass and/or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Delta Sky Club - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Concourse C, near Gate 41. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of Delta Airlines ticket (US$59.00) • Delta Sky Club Membership.
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Boarding Area D. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • Admirals Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Domestic Terminal 3, Airside - Concourse E, Mezzanine Level, near Gate 72. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.
  • United Club - Location: Domestic Terminal 3, Airside, Concourse F, Rotunda, near Gate 80. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.
  • Centurion Lounge - Location: Terminal 3, Airside, Boarding Area F, Gate 74. Showers are available. Lounge Access: American Express® Card Members can purchase a one day pass for US$50. Access is complimentary for Platinum and Centurion cardholders.
  • Air France - KLM Lounge - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse A. Hours: 6:45AM - 1:00AM (Daily). Lounge Access: Buy a lounge pass (US$50.00 - 24 hour advance purchase is required)  •  Priority Pass.
  • United Club - Location: International Terminal, Airside, Concourse G, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket (US$ 59.00) • United Club Membership.

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Military Lounge

USO - Lounge for United States Armed Forces members and their families.  Rate: free of charge. Access via the elevators located behind the Delta Airlines ticket counter. Location: Terminal 1 - landside, Mezzanine Level. Hours: 24 hours per day

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at San Francisco Airport. Connect to the “#SFO FREE WIFI” network.

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Airport Hotels