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San Francisco Airport Shuttles: Some of the San Francisco airport shuttle companies that serve SFO are:

Airport Express: looking at airportexpresssf.com, they have been in business since 1979 and their office is based in downtown San Francisco. They provide service from SFO to to the Financial District, Fisherman's Wharf, Lombard Street or any hotel in San Francisco such as Union Square hotels. To help you locate them upon arrival, their vans are white with blue diamonds. They state that they have designated pick up points at San Francisco Airport. Simply call them after you have picked up your luggage.

Bay Shuttle: looking at bayshuttle.com, their hours of operation start daily at 3:45 am and end about Midnight. This also applies to holidays, but they recommend early reservations for these particularly busy days. They ask you to plan for at least an hour time allowance from pick-up to drop-off at the airport.

American Airporter Shuttle: looking at americanairporter.com, they were founded in 1990 and provide door-to-door airport shuttle service to SFO throughout Northen California, from your home, office or hotel. They have year round 24 hour service and are Licensed & Insured. Corporate and group rates are available. Additionally, they provide sightseeing tours of the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Seal Rock amongst others.

San Francisco City Shuttle: looking at sanfranciscocityshuttle.com, they have been in business since 1999, are fully registered and insured, and are the only company with no more than 3 stops per trip to SFO. They have a 15-minute pick-up window sp if your pick-up is at 11:00 AM you can expect them by 11:15 AM. If you arriving to San Francisco Airport, go to the second level outer curb and follow the yellow line to the yellow zone where an airport coordinator will arrange for your pick-up that can take between 5 and 20 minutes. Coupons apply to the regular fare of $16 but not to the $8 for children aged 2 to 10.



San Francisco International Airport(SFO): San Francisco International Airport, the largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area and the 2nd busiest airport in the state of California state is located 13 miles south of downtown of San Francisco, California, United States. Commonly known as SFO, this international airport has flights to places throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The focus city of the Alaska Airlines SFO also is one of the most important hubs of the United Airlines. It also serves as the only maintenance hub for this airline. SFO also performs its function as the principal base of the operations of Virgin America.

The airport has a large number of passenger facilities which include a wide range of cafeterias, shops, baggage storage, ATMs, public showers, a medical clinic and assistance for lost or stranded travelers. Many of its terminals host the Louis A Turpen Museum, art exhibitions and the San Francisco Commission Aviation Library.

San Francisco International Airport Details:

San Francisco International Airport Contact:
Address: PO Box 8097, San Francisco, California 94128-8097
Phone: : 1-800-435-9736
Website: www.flysfo.com

SFO Airport History: SFO Airport was first opened on May 7, 1927 on 150 acres. The local landowner Ogden L. Mills gave the land on lease and thus it got its name Mills Field Municipal Airport, “International “ replaced “Municipal” in 1935.In 1930’s United Airlines used the airport for its service. For its “China Clipper” flying boat, Pan American World Airways also used the service of the airport in 1935.During the World War II the airport was also used for domestic purposes. The airport had grown to be one of the five hubs of the United Airlines, when the airlines started to use the Pan American terminal for its flights to Hawaii. The Central Passenger terminal was opened on 1954 for passenger service. In the late 1059’s Jet service was also started.

In 1989, an Environmental Impact Report to increase its expansion and development for the next two decades. On June 7, 2007 United Airlines changed service to Seoul from seasonal to year-round and reinstated non-stop service to Taipei’s Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport .Nonstop service to Taipei was later discontinued in 2008 .By the year 2007 Air China also increased the number of the Beijing-San Francisco service from 5 times weekly to daily. JetBlue Airways and Irish airline Aer Lingus began its service in 2007. In May 2008, Jet Airways began service from San Francisco to Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport with a stop at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, but it was later discontinued in January 2009, citing poor load factors.

On February 2007 study showed that much of the airport would be under water with just one-meter rise in sea level. Also the FAA has warned that SFO’s control tower would be unable to stand a major earthquake and has requested that it be replaced. Construction for the new control tower has begun which will be completed by 2014.

Driving Directions:

From Highway 280: Take Highway 380 East to the 101 South Exits toward San Jose. Then take the San Francisco International Airport exit. Choose between Domestic and International flights. Follow the signs to Arrivals, Departures or Hourly Parking.

From the North: Drive to the 101 South to the San Francisco International Airport exit, then take either the Domestic or International flights, then follow the signals to Arrivals, Departures or Hourly Parking.

From the South: Drive to the 101 North to the San Francisco international airport exit, then take either the Domestic or International flights, then follow the signals to Arrivals, Departures or Hourly Parking.



San Francisco Airport Parking: SFO Airport provides a wide range of parking. The parking facilities vary from each other by the hours they are parked there and also the size of the vehicles. Different parking options are available in each level and for the different terminals. The different options are:

Domestic Parking: The parking facility is located at the center of the airport, with a 5 level facility. The parking is suitable for business and leisure passengers who are on a short trip, also for who are waiting for passengers from the domestic flights. To reach the parking area, follow the signs under the International terminal and then the “hourly” parking signs to the entrance. The parking rates are:

- Per 20 minutes $2
- Max per 24 hours $33

International Parking Garages A and G: Both of the garages are located in front of the International Terminal; where one is located on the south of the terminal while the other on the north side .To reach the garages follow the International terminal signs on the roadways and then follow the signs for both of the garages .The Parking slots can be used to reach all the terminals, where the passengers can use the pedestrians walkway to reach the International terminal and the AirTrain to reach the other. The parking rates are:

- Per 20 minutes $2
- Max per 24 hours $20

Long Term Parking: For passengers who are going for a long trip this parking option will suite the best. It is one of the most affordable closest parking facilities in the airport. The parking rates are:

- Per 20 minutes $2
- Max per 24 hours $14

Park Fast: This parking area serves mainly the members who can enjoy the reserved parking. There will be no cashiers or exiting no-lanes, the passenger has to just swap their cards. To reach the slot, follow the signs to the Domestic Terminals Departures Level roadway. Then stay left and turn into the area. The parking rates are:

- Per 20 minutes $2
- For Members Max per 24 hours $33
- For Non-Members Max per 24 hours $35

Park Valet: For the ultimate convenience of the passengers SFO has started park valet facility. To reach the slot, follow the signs to the Domestic Terminals Departures Level roadway. Then keep the left lane and turn left into the garage entrance. The parking rates are:

- Max per 24 hours $38
- Max per additional 24 hours $45



San Francisco Airport Hotels:

Many hotels are located very close to San Francisco International Airport. San Francisco Airport vicinity hotels are listed below including distances in Miles from SFO:
- CityGarden Hotel, 1 Mile, 324 Elsie Street, San Francisco, CA 94110-5554, (415) 550-1551
- Four Points By Sheraton, 1.5 Miles, 264 South Airport Boulevard South, San Francisco, CA 94080
- Holiday Inn SFO North, 3.2 Miles, 1250 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA
- Inn at Oyster Point, 3 Miles, 425 Marina BoulevardSouth San Francisco, CA 94080, (650) 737-7633
- Holiday Inn Express SFO, 1.5 Miles, 1250 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA, (650) 347-2381
- Crowne Plaza SFO Airport, 2 Miles, 1177 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame, (650) 342-9200
- SFO Travelodge North, 2.1 Miles, 58 Malibro, CA 94030
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Airport, 1, 250 El Camino Real, Millbrae, (650) 259-0400
- Westin Airport, 1.1 Miles, 1 Old Bayshore Highway Millbrae,CA 94030
- Clarion Airport, 1.1 Miles, 401 E. Millbrae Ave., Millbrae, CA 94030, Phone (650) 692-6363, Fax (650) 777-7719
- Marriott Airport, 1.2 Miles, 55 Fourth Street; San Francisco, California 94103, Phone: 1-415-896-1600, Fax: 1-415-486-8101
- Comfort Inn Airport West, 1.7 Miles, 1390 El Camino RealMillbrae, CA 94030-1411, (650) 952-3200
- Hyatt Regency SFO Airport, 1.8 Miles, 1333 Bayshore Highway,Burlingame, California 94010, Tel (650) 347-1234, Fax: (650) 696-2669



Airport Terminal Information: SFO Airport consist of four terminals and their respective concourses, which are arranged in a circle: Terminal 1 with Boarding Areas B & C; Terminal 2 with Boarding Area D (when reopened); Terminal 3 with Boarding Areas E & F; and the International Terminal with a two-level Main Hall in the center, international gates G91-G102 to the left, and international gates A1-A12 to the right.  Domestic flights depart from Terminals 1, 2 & 3, with their ticket counters and gates being on the upper level, which is the Departure level, and their baggage claim being on the lower level, which is the Arrivals level.

Terminal 1: Terminal 1 consist of Boarding Area b which includes gates 20-31, 32-32B, 33-36 and Boarding Area C which includes the gates 40-48.It was earlier known as the South Terminal. Its third Boarding Area, Rotunda A was stopped in 2007. Below is the information of airlines served by this terminal.

Terminal 1 Airlines: Airlines that operate from Terminal 1:
- AirTrain Airways 800-247-8726
- Alaska Airlines 800-252-7522
- Continental 800-523-3273
- Delta 800-221-1212
- Frontier 800-432-1359
- Horizon 800-547-9308
- Midwest 800-452-2022
- Southwest 800-435-9792
- US Airways 800-428-4322

Terminal 1 Shops:
- Aviator News & Books
- Bay Reader Kiosk
- City by the Bay
- Duty Free
- San Francisco Bay Reader
- Simply Gourmet

Terminal 1 Restaurants:
- Andalé Mexican Restaurant
- Firewood Café
- Fung Lum
- Guava & Java
- Just Desserts
- Legends of San Francisco
- Lori’s Dinner
- Max’s Eatz and Fresh Bakery
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea
- Sankaku
- T.G.I Fridays
- Willow Creek Grill

Terminal 1 Other Facilities:
- Restrooms at Gate 21, Gate 26, Gate 31, Gate 36, Gate 41, Gate 45, and Main Lobby.
- ATMs at Gate 21, Gate 41, Gate 42, and Main Lobby.

Terminal 2: Formerly known as the Central Terminal, this terminal was opened in 1954.It remained one of the most important terminals of the SFO airport for decades. Consisting of the Boarding Area D, Terminal 2 replaced Rotunda as the international terminal. In 200 when the current terminal opened, the terminal was closed and now is used for the purpose of being the walkway between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.Its control tower and other offices are situated on the upper levels. A US $383 million renovation project was declared on May 12, 2008 which consists of a new control tower.

Terminal 3: Terminal 3 consist of: Boarding Area E which consist of gates 60-60A,61,62A-B,63,64-64A,65-65A,66-66A,67. and Boarding Area F which consist of gates 68-72,73-73A,74-75,76A-76B,77A-77B, 78A-78A,79-86, 87-87A,88-90.Terminal 3 serves Air Canada, American Airlines and United Airlines, with the last two accounting for 10.2% and 48.9% of the airport’s passenger traffic.

Terminal 3 Airlines: Airlines that operate from Terminal 1:
- Air Canada 888-247-2262
- American 800-433-7300
- United Airlines 800-864-8331
- United Express 800-864-8331

Terminal 3 Shops:
- Airport Wireless
- Bzinc
- California Limited
- CNBC News
- Compass Books
- Duty Free
- Erwin Pearl
- Ghirardelli
- InMotion Entertainment
- KTVU2 News
- Lifestyle Whatever!
- Marilla
- MNG by Mango
- Pacific Outfitters
- PGA Tour Shop
- SFO News Connection
- SFO News Express
- Sunglass Hut
- Swatch
- Tech Showcase
- The Body Shop
- U Threads
- XpresSpa

Terminal 3 Restaurants:
- Andalé Mexican Restaurant
- Boudin’s Bakery and Café
- Burger King
- Firewood Café
- Fung Lum
- Guava & Java
- Jalapeno Grill
- Just Desserts
- Lori’s Diner
- Max’s the Greek
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea
- San Francisco Soup Company
- Sankaku
- Soup and Salad Station
- Subway
- The Buena Vista Café
- Tomokazu
- Willow Creek Grill
- Yankee Pier
Terminal 3 Other Facilities:
- Restrooms at Gate 61, Gate 69, Gate 73, Gate 36, Gate 73, Gate 76, Gate 80, and Gate 85.
- ATMs at Gate 60, Gate 61, Gate 68, Gate 71, Gate 75, Gate 80, and Gate 84.

International Terminal: The largest international terminal in North America SFO's international terminal was designed by Craig W.Hartman, Owings and Merrill. It was started on December 2000 to replace then International Departures from Terminal 2.All international arrivals and departures are coordinated here. All the gates in this terminal have 2 jetway bridges except gate A2.SFO is one among the few airports which has constructed special gates for the Airbus A380.To utilize maximum space this terminal was constructed under a high cost on the top of the airport’s main access and completing the ring structure. For this marvelous piece of art the designers, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Del Campo And Maru Architects, Michael Willis Associates (main terminal building), Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum were decided after a competition.

Non-aligned international carriers, Sky Team and One World except Emirates and EVA Air work form Boarding Area A which includes gates A1-A10, A11-A11a, A12. While Asiana is the only Star Alliance carrier that takes the service of Boarding Area A. While all the International Star Alliance members use Boarding Area G which include gates G91,G92-G92A,G93-G98,G99-G98,G99-G99A,G100,G101-G101A,G102.

International Terminal Airlines: Airlines that operate from Terminal 1:
- Aero Mexico 800-237-6639
- Air Berlin 866-266-5588
- Air China 800-882-8122
- Air France 800-237-2747
- Air New Zealand 800-262-1234
- Alaska Airlines 800-252-7522
- ANA All Nippon Airways 800-235-9262
- Asiana 888-437-7718
- British Airways 800-247-9297
- Cathay Pacific 800-233-2742
- China Airlines 800-227-5118
- Delta 800-221-1212
- Emirates 800-777-3999
- EVA Air 800-695-1188
- Japan Airlines 800-525-3663
- JetBlue 800-538-2583
- KLM 800-225-2525
- Korean Air 800-438-5000
- LACSA 800-400-8222
- Lufthansa 800-645-3880
- Mexicana 800-531-7921
- Philippine Airlines 800-435-9725
- Qantas 800-227-4500
- Sun Country 800-359-6786
- Swiss International Air Lines 877-359-7947
- TACA 800-400-8222
- United 800-538-2929
- Virgin America 877-359-8474
- Virgin Atlantic 800-821-5438
- West Jet 888-937-8538
International Terminal Restaurants:
- Boule Café
- Burger Joint
- Ebisu
- Firewood Grill
- Fung Lum
- Harbor Village Kitchen
- Lori’s Diner
- Osho Japanese Cuisine
- Willow Street Woodfired Pizza
- Firewood Café
- Firewood Grill
- Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo
- Andalé Mexican Restaurant
- Deli Up Café
- Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo
- Tomokazu

Currency Exchange and ATMs: ATMs are available in all terminals and boarding lounges. In the Terminal 3 there is a full service bank. Throughout the International Terminal, currency exchange machines are located also the Bureaux de change. Telephones equipped with data ports are located throughout the terminals. Mobile telephones can be hired.

Internet Facilities: Data port connections are available throughout the terminal so Wireless Internet is available throughout the terminals in all public places. Also Mobile telephones can be hired.

Medical Facilities: Pharmaceuticals are available at the terminal pharmacy.

Disabled Facilities: Passengers requiring wheelchairs can contact their airline before itself, the airport is also well equipped with wheelchairs .For hearing-impaired travelers there are also TDD/TTY phones throughout the airport. The wheelchair is also accessible in the SamTrans buses and the Caltrain shuttle.

Missing Baggage: Baggage reclaim and lost baggage can be collected from the Level 1 baggage reclaim area of the terminal. Call (650) 821 7014 or email at the contact id SFOLostandFound@flysfo.com

Tourist Information: Information Desks are located in all the terminals. Computerized information kiosks are in service through the day. These service both ground and general airport information. There is a service system of recorded multi-language ground transportation information which will be available on dialing 1121 from any Airport courtesy phone.

Miscellaneous SFO Airport Contacts: - Customs/Immigration: Courtesy phone Customs dial *1138, for Immigration and Naturalization dial *1123
- Police/Emergencies: Courtesy phone dial *1132; for non emergency dial 650-876-2424 and emergency dial 911
- Airport Information: (650) 821-8211
- Airport Paging: (650) 821-8211
- Bay Area Transit Information: Dial 511


Airlines Lounges:
- Terminal 3, AA-Admirals-Club
- Terminal 3, United-Red-Carpet-Club
- International Terminal, Air France Lounge
- International Terminal, British Airways Executive Club
- International Terminal, China Airlines Dynasty Lounge
- International Terminal, EVA Airlines Evergreen Lounge
- International Terminal, Japan Airlines Sakura
- International Terminal, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- International Terminal, Northwest Airlines World Club
- International Terminal, Philippine Airlines Mabuhay Lounge
- International Terminal, United Airlines Red Carpet Club
- International Terminal, United Airlines Arrivals Lounge
- International Terminal, United Airlines Departures Lounge
- International Terminal, Virgin Atlantic Airways Virgin Cub House
- Terminal 1, Alaska-Airlines-Board-Room
- Terminal 1, Continental-Presidents-Club
- Terminal 1, Delta-Sky-Club

SFO Airport Security: TSA Security: Certain dresses and jewelry can set off an alarm on the metal detector and slow you down. Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal substance in it when moving through the security checkpoints:

- Heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercing, cuff links, lanyards or bolo ties).
- Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs.
- Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration.
- Belt buckles.
- Under-wire bras.
- Hidden items such as body piercings may result in your being directed to additional screening for a pat-down inspection. If selected for additional screening, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search.
- Take metal items such as keys, loose change, mobile phones, pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs) out of your pockets.
- Place heavy jewelry and other metal items in your carry-on baggage or in plastic bags if they are offered, until you clear security.
- Pack all your coats and jackets in your baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. These include, but are not limited to, trench coats, heavy winter coats, suit jackets, sport coats and blazers. If you choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpoint, you will need to either place it in your carry-on or put it in the bin that is provided for you.



City of San Francisco: San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the twelfth most in United States. It has an estimated population of 808,977 according to the studies held in 2008.It is the only consolidated city county in California. San Francisco is the host to the thirteenth largest metropolitan area in the country with 4.3 million and is the financial, cultural and transportation hub of the country. The city also comprises of several islands like Alcatraz, Treasure Island, Red Rock Island and Angel Island. The city covers roughly an area of 232 square miles including the water. San Francisco is also famous for its hills.

Today the city is one of the most popular tourist hot spot, famous for its chilly summer fog, sharp hills, modern architectural designs and famous historical places. It also had become the centre of finance and banking and is the host of over 30 international financial institutions, thus becoming eighteenth in the world’s most producing cities.

City of San Francisco History: In the early 6th century, the Ohlone language group inhabited Northern California .The inhabitants had very little contact with the Spanish who had claimed their territory since the 16th century, until 1769, when an exploration party led by Don Gasper de Portola learned of the existence of the San Francisco Bay. The Yelamu tribe of the Ohlone was among the captured, who were later converted to Catholic faith. In 1821, it regained independence from Spain and became a part of Mexico. Under the Mexican rule, its lands began to be privatized. In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead (which is now famously known as Portsmouth Square) and along with Alcalde Francisco de Haro he laid out a street plan for the enlarged settlement and this started attracting American settlers. Despite its suitable location as a naval base and port, San Francisco was still a small settlement due to its inhospitable geography.

Tragedy struck San Francisco on April 18th, 1906 in the form of earthquake and many lost their lives. It was reported thousands lost their livelihood and homes. The process of rebuilding the city was rapid course, which was performed on a grand scale. The Amadeo Giannini’s Bank of Italy later became the Bank of America; while the destroyed castles of Nob Hill became magnificent hotels. The City Hall rose again in splendorous Beaux Art style and San Francisco celebrated its rebirth in 1915.

City of San Francisco Geography: Located on the West Coast of the United States, San Francisco includes the stretches of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay within its boundaries. It is located at the tip of the San Francisco Bay. The city also comprises of several islands like Alcatraz, treasure island, Red Rock Island and Angel Island. The city covers roughly an area of 232 square miles including the water. San Francisco is also famous for its hills. The San Andreas and Hayward Faults are responsible for the earthquakes that occur here. There are a total of 50 hills in the city. The city has repeatedly upgraded its building codes, requiring retrofits for older buildings and higher engineering standards for new construction. However, there are still thousands of smaller buildings that remain vulnerable to quake damage.

San Francisco Climate: San Francisco weather is strongly influenced by the cold currants coming from the Pacific Ocean. Thus it has very little seasonal variations. The dry period starts in May and goes on till October with an average temperature of 64-70 degree F. From November to April it is the rainy season with temporary as low as 41-51degree F.There are about an average of 67 rainy days a year and the annual rainfall is usually 20.4 inches. Very rarely snowfall occurs, with just 10 instances since 1852

The city’s characteristic fog is caused by the high pressure air from California’s interior which pulls the low pressure air overr the cold North Pacific Ocean. Due to its typical topography, San Francisco exhibits a multitude of distinct microclimates.

San Francisco Attractions:

Golden Gate Bridge: It is a 1.7 mile long bridge which connects to the Marine County.

Golden Gate Park: It has thousand acres of park with varying gardens.

Exploratorium: A museum of science, art, and human perception that features some 650 "please touch" exhibits.

Fisherman's Wharf: The historic waterfront still serves as a working fishing pier, so expect fresh seafood at area restaurants.

The Rock: A short ferry ride on the Blue and Gold Fleet deposits you on Alcatraz Island.

Red-and-White Ferry: It is a ferry to Sausalito from Fisherman's Wharf.

City of San Francisco General Information:

City of San Francisco Mayor's Office:
- City Hall, Room 200, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
- Phone: (415) 554-6141
- Fax: (415) 554-6160


City of San Francisco Police Department:
- For Emergencies dial 911
- For Non-emergencies dial (415) 553-0123
- For City Services dial 311


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