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San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is glossy, modern and effective, transporting some 41 million passengers a year. The airport is 21 km (13 miles) from downtown San Francisco, about a 20-minute drive.

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Distance from city centre

21 km (13 miles) south of the city centre.

Airport parking

Short-stay parking is available in the Central Parking Garage, a five-minute walk away from all the terminals. For daily parking, head to International Garages A and G, connected to the airport by a ten-minute ride on the AirTrain. Long-term parking (the cheapest option) is a ten-minute shuttle bus ride away from the terminals. Valet parking can be found on the upper level of the Domestic Departures Roadway. Reserve your parking space online.

Specific airport features

Security levels are still high in all US airports so expect queues at immigration and allow three hours to check in for international flights.

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Specific airport features

Security levels are still high in all US airports so expect queues at immigration and allow three hours to check in for international flights.

Airport transfer

Amsterdam -Schiphol

Paris -Charles de Gaulle

Minneapolis -St. Paul

Detroit -Metropolitan Wayne County


KLM operates out of Area A of the International Terminal, with flights bound for Dutch destinations. Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol to connect pan-European flights.

These are useful guidelines only – always check in advance to find out which terminal your flight departs from. 

Transport between terminals

To walk the loop of all the terminals takes 25 minutes. The AirTrain runs 24 hours a day between all the terminals. Find the AirTrain stations in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 on Level 5 of the Domestic Parking Garage. The two AirTrain stations in the International Terminal are at either end of the Departures Hall on the level above check-in. A complete journey around the airport takes about 20 minutes.

International Terminal

Departures from Area A of the International Terminal are all long-haul flights by international carriers, mainly to Europe and the Far East. Area G deals with long-haul departures to the Far East, Australasia and some into Europe, by both domestic and international long-haul carriers.

Terminal 1

Domestic airlines flying within the US and some flights into Canada depart from boarding areas B and C in Terminal 1.

Terminal 2

This is now open after long-term renovation and handles domestic flights by domestic carriers.

Terminal 3

Boarding areas E and F of Terminal 3 serve US airlines on domestic routes.

Number of terminals


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