San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located 8 miles (13 km) south of the city and offers a wide range of domestic and international flights. BART rapid rail runs from SFO to San Mateo County, San Francisco and the East Bay. It is a convenient and quick way of getting to the city center. You will find the SFO BART Station on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). Tickets can be bought at the SFO BART Station upon arrival. (www.bart.gov) SamTrans offers 24-hour bus service connecting SFO to San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco. Routes KX, 292, 397 and 398 stop directly at the Airport terminals. SamTrans buses stop at the terminals,: 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 (www.samtrans.com) Caltrain Commuter Rail provides rail service between San Francisco and San Jose. Taxis and ridesharing apps offer door-to-door service to any destination within San Francisco and surrounding communities.
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San Jose International Airport (SJC)

San Jose International Airport (SJC)

San Jose International Airport (SJC) is located 40 miles (64 km) south of the city and is thus the furthest from San Francisco. The free VTA Airport Flyer connects the airport to Santa Clara's CalTrain station. You can take Caltrain to both San Francisco Airport and downtown San Francisco. This option is free, but most time-consuming. Private van and taxi services are also available at the airport; van pick up may be arranged from any location in San Francisco (inquire about prices when booking).
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Passport/Visa

Passport/Visa

Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
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Best Time To Visit

Best Time To Visit

San Francisco’s climate is influenced by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean. Days are generally cool year-round, and summer days are often foggy in the afternoon. Average summer temperatures range from 59–79ºF (15–24ºC) and winter from 50–59ºF (10–15ºC). Fall is the best period to visit San Francisco, as the weather tends to be pleasantly mild and there are smaller crowds than during the summer. Spring is another good time to visit, and tends to see a lot less precipitation, and that is when the city hosts many festivals including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and the San Francisco Carnaval. During the summer this already lively city gets even more colorful with the San Francisco Pride Parade, one of the biggest in the world. The main event usually takes place in the end of June.
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FAQ

FAQ

Is San Francisco a bad place to visit? — San Francisco can sometimes feel unsafe to travel to, but these feelings are largely due to the cultural images of people experiencing homelessness and drug addiction that appear in the media. Why is San Francisco so expensive? — San Francisco is an incredibly diverse, dynamic, progressive city with a host of activities, restaurants and sights. The region's culture, economy and natural beauty makes it an appealing place to live. Prices are increasing rapidly as more people move here. The housing supply has not caught up. Heavy regulation makes it incredibly expensive to build new housing in much of the Bay Area. Can you drink the tap water in San Francisco? — Yes! The tap water in San Francisco is safe to drink and locals swear it is the best in tasting tap water in the U.S. What is the best part of San Francisco to stay in? — San Francisco is an exciting and scenic city, but if you're hoping to see the sights, you should probably stay downtown, because it's one of the most densely populated parts of the city.
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Public Transport

Public Transport

San Francisco has the most extensive public transit system on the West Coast. The MUNI-Metro, a light rail system, operates six lines (plus one shuttle line) that crisscross the city. The cash fare for Muni Metro, like Muni buses, effective January 1, 2020, is $3 for adults. Clipper and MuniMobile fares are lower than cash fares. Their fares are $2.50 for adults. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the regional transit system connecting San Francisco with outlying communities. A single ride ticket covers 90 mins of travel time. To ride, purchase a Clipper card from a ticket machine; 1, 3, and 7-day passes are also available. The MUNI Passport can be purchased at the airport, online or at several locations inside the city. It offers unlimited rides on buses, historical streetcars and cable cars. More information on the following websites: www.sfmuni.com www.bart.gov
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