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Approximate Travel Distance
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Approximate Flight Duration
4 hour 30 min
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Transportation to San Francisco Airport from the City Center

San Francisco Intl Airport

Located 21 km from the city center, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is a major transit center for passengers, particularly those traveling from Asia. San Francisco International is the second busiest airport in California, following Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Every year SFO handles a significant number of both domestic and international flights. There are a variety of transportation alternatives passengers can utilize to get to and from the airport.  

San Francisco International Airport stands out for the comfortable and exceptional services it offers. The airport features services aimed at meeting your every need, from comfortable passenger lounges, to restaurants that offer a wide variety of cuisines and a vibrant array of stores where you can go shopping.

San Francisco International Airport is accessible by taxi, bus, train, rental car, and personal car as the airport contains parking lots that offer short-term and long-term parking options.

Train

There are two rail systems that you can use to get to San Francisco International Airport from the city center. The first is the rapid-rail system, the BART. The BART starts running in the early hours of the morning, providing easy and fast transportation between SFO and the northern and southern parts of the city.

The other rail system that you can use to get to SFO is the CalTrain. This train departs on the hour, every hour, every day of the week, until 10 pm. This train provides transportation between San Francisco and San Jose and SFO.

Taxi

One of the most convenient and fastest transportation alternatives to get to SFO from the city center is by taxi. Taxi fares are calculated based on the kilometers traveled. A taxi from downtown San Francisco can cost between 42 and 62 dollars and takes about 20 minutes. For more information on taxi companies and their contact information please visit San Francisco International Airport’s website.

Bus

SamTrans buses provide transportation between the San Francisco city center and the airport. These public buses are operated by San Mateo County and run between San Mateo, various parts of San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport. SamTrans lines KX, 292, 397, and 398 run directly to the airport terminals. Buses stop at the arrivals and baggage claim level of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 and at Level 1 of the International Terminal.

Rental Car

Renting a car is another transportation alternative to get to the airport. There are many rental car companies located in the city. You can drop off your rental vehicle at the Rental Car Center before your departure. From the Rental Car Center the AirTrain Blue Line provides access to the airport terminals and it operates 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Alamo, Dollar, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National, Budget, Fox and Thrifty.

Bike

San Francisco International Airport contains bike assembly stations and parking areas for those who want to access the airport by bike. The BART and SamTrans rapid rail systems provide passengers with bike/transit options and the airport features marked bicycle routes. Bike lovers can easily access the airport by bicycle.   

Airport Information

San Francisco International Airport is located 21 km from the city center. The airport covers an expansive area and operates domestic and international flights out of 4 terminals, Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3, and the International Terminal. The AirTrain automated system provides free transportation between each terminal, as well as the Rental Car Center and BART station. The AirTrain Red Line links all terminals, terminal garages and the BART Station. The AirTrain Blue Line links the Rental Car Center with all terminals, terminal garages, and the BART Station. SFO also contains a variety of services and amenities to meet passengers’ pre-flight and post-flight needs.

The airport features health services in the terminals, rental car offices, banks, a lost and found, wireless internet, charging stations, clothing stores where you can go shopping, restaurants and cafes, the Aviation Museum & Library, rotating exhibitions, spa services, children’s play areas, free yoga rooms, a market, and much more. 

Last Updated: December 02, 2016

Transportation to Charlotte City Center from Airport

Douglas Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the primary commercial airport serving the city of Charlotte, in North Carolina. The airport is one of the major gateways to the Caribbean from the United States and American Airlines’ second largest hub. The airport features a variety of services to ensure passengers spend a comfortable time while at the airport and a variety of transportation alternatives for passengers to easily access the city center. Charlotte Douglas International Airport  is located in close proximity to the city center, only 11 km away. There are various transportation alternatives available if you want to get to the city center by road, which include taxis, buses, transfer services, and rental cars.

Taxi

Taxis are a comfortable and fast transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport. There are various taxi companies that serve the airport. Taxis are easily accessible from the baggage claim level at the exit. Taxis are equipped with a GPS system and credit card payment options. There is an attendant on duty to help passengers from 6:45 am to 12:15 am. Taxi companies that operate from the airport include City Cab, Crown Cab, Green Cab and Yellow Cab. For more information on taxi rates please visit Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s website.

Bus

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is served by CATS’ Sprinter Bus Service. The Sprinter provides transportation from the airport to various parts of Charlotte. Depending on the traffic, the bus takes less than 30 minutes to get to the city center. This bus service runs every 20 minutes during the week from 5:50 am to 7 pm. From 7 pm to midnight the bus runs every 30 minutes. The Sprinter is the most affordable transportation alternative to get to the city center. The fare is only $2. Passengers can pay in exact change or use a CATS transit pass. For more detailed information please visit Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s website.

Transfer Services

Another way to get to the city center from Charlotte Douglas International Airport is by using transfer services. Various hotels in the city will provide transfer services to the city center, and vice versa. These courtesy vehicles provide a comfortable ride to the city center, enabling you to relax and enjoy the ride. For more information contact your hotel or visit the airport’s website. 

Rental Car

Renting a car is another convenient transportation alternative to get to the city center from the airport and an ideal way to get around the city during your trip. There are various rental car companies located at the Consolidated Rental Car Facility, which is easily accessible from the terminals. Follow the signs to the Level 2 lobby. Rental car companies that you can choose from include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National.

Airport Information

Located 11 km from the city center, Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a major airport operating both international and domestic flights.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport consists of one passenger terminal that operates domestic and international flights and offers a wide variety of services. The airport contains a lost and found, mother’s room, ATMs, charging stations, lounges, and countless stores and restaurants aimed at meeting passengers’ pre-flight and post-flight needs. The airport also promotes the arts through permanent and rotating exhibits featured throughout the terminal. 

Stores where you can go shopping include Best Buy Express, The Body Shop, Brighton, Brooks Brothers, Carolinas News Beat, CNBC Express, CNBC Smartshop, Duty Free Americas, EA Sports, Erwin Pearl, Executive Shoeshine, Heritage Booksellers, Johnston & Murphy, M-A-C, New South Travelmart, News2You, Pandora, PGA Tour Shops, Queen City Gifts, Shades of Time and Taxco Sterlin Co.

Venues where you can enjoy a bite to eat or something to drink include 897 Marketplace, A Taste of Carolina, Auntie Anne’s, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Beaudevin, Bojangles’, Brioche Doree, Brookwood Farms, Burger King, California Pizza Kitchen, Charlotte Bristo, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Farmer’s Market, Genghis Grill, Hissho Sushi, Jamba Juice, Papa John’s, Pino Gelato, Red Mango, Starbucks, TCBY, The Local and Wendy’s.

Last Updated: December 01, 2016
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