San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport (SFO), USA

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Facilities & infrastructure


ATMs are available in all terminals, including the departure areas. Bureaux de change and automated currency exchange machines are located throughout the International Terminal.


Free wireless internet is available in all public spaces. Telephones can be found throughout the terminals. Mobile telephones can be hired. Post boxes are located immediately outside the terminals.


There are numerous bars, cafés and restaurants in each terminal. These include American-style restaurants in Terminals 1 and 2, Mexican and Japanese eateries in Terminal 2 and the International Terminal, and a pub in Terminal 3.


A good selection of duty-free shops can be found in the International Terminal, while an additional duty-free kiosk is located in Terminal 1. Other shops include gift shops, newsagents, bookshops, clothing and accessories stores, sweet shops, toy retailers and cosmetic outlets.


There is a lost property office in the baggage reclaim area of Terminal 1 (tel: +1-650/82 17 014). Trolleys are available for a fee throughout the terminals. Left-luggage services are provided at the Airport Travel Agency in the International Terminal (tel: +1-650/87 70 422).


Other facilities at San Francisco International Airport include a medical centre (International Terminal), nurseries, showers, shoeshine services and spas. Those looking to fill time before flights can visit the aquarium in Terminal 1 and exhibitions at various points within the terminals. Special children’s play areas are located in the departure lounges of Terminals 2 and 3.

Conference & Business

The Airport Travel Agency in the International Terminal provides fax and photocopying services. Basic business services and mobile phone rental is offered at TripTel in the main concourse of the International Terminal (tel: +1-650/82 18 000).

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    San Francisco International Airport is fully accessible to disabled passengers – passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline prior to travel. There are TDD/TTY phones throughout the airport for hearing-impaired travellers. Disabled car parking is available for all car parks. The shuttle bus from the long-term car park is equipped with a lift, while taxis, SamTrans buses and Caltrain shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

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    General information

    Airportcode: SFO

    Number of Terminals: 4


    Airport information booths are located in the arrival areas of all terminals. Computerised information kiosks are available at the desks, 24 hours a day.

    Transfer between Terminals

    The 24-hour AirTrain light rail service links the terminals, parking garages, BART station and car hire centre.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    Known locally as Muni, the San Francisco Municipal Transport Agency (tel: +1-415/70 12 311; runs a citywide network of metro trains, buses, streetcars (trams) and the famous San Francisco cable car – actually a kind of tram hauled on underground cables. Tickets can be bought on board (exact change required) or from Muni Metro stations. Suburban trains to the outer suburbs and the airport are run by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART; tel: +1-415/98 92 278; Explore the city at your leisure with a rechargeable magnetic Clipper Card, or buy a one- to seven-day Muni Visitor Passport.


    Taxis can be flagged down in the street and charge metered rates to anywhere in the city, including to the airport. A ten per cent tip will be expected. Reliable radio-cab companies include Yellow Cab (tel: +1-415/33 33 333; and Flywheel (tel: +1-415/97 01 300; The services of Uber ( and Lyft ( are very popular with residents here; here, you can order cars via the company’s website or app.


    Hotels in San Francisco


    San Francisco gave the world some of its first boutique hotels, and some of the city’s most comfortable bedrooms have serious designer credentials.

    Hotels range from cute, family-friendly places in Victorian houses to lavish five-star chains.

    Hotel Drisco

    2901 Pacific Avenue
    CA 94115 San Francisco
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    Category: Luxurious

    The hotel is located in the beautiful residential area of Pacific Heights. It was completely renovated in 2017 and is considered to be one of the most stylish boutique hotels on the Pacific Coast.

    Fairmont Heritage Place Ghirardelli Square

    900 North Point St.
    CA 94109 San Francisco
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    Category: Luxurious

    This hotel resembles a white palace lying between Chinatown and Union Square shopping mall. Guests particularly appreciate its outstanding service and imposing lobby.

    Omni San Francisco Hotel

    500 California Street
    CA 94104 San Francisco
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    Category: Moderate

    Super location! From the bustling Financial District, where the hotel is located, Little Italy and Chinatown and just a short walk away.

    Argonaut Hotel

    495 Jefferson Street
    CA 94109 San Francisco
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    Category: Budget

    Right in the thick of things on Fisherman’s Wharf, the Argonaut is a tribute to San Francisco’s seafaring past, down to the astrolabes and ships’ wheels on the walls.