How to Find Cheap Air Travel to/from San Francisco
There are a few airport choices for travelers to the San Francisco Bay Area – the largest among them is San Francisco International Airport (airport code SFO), situated 13 miles south of San Francisco. It is a major hub for United Airlines and is now the main hub for Virgin America now that the fledgling airline has begun flying, so those are the airlines to check for special deals on tickets. San Francisco International is the second largest airport in California, after Los Angeles International Airport.
San Francisco International Airport, which is known locally as simply SFO, is close to a freeway (U.S. Route 101) and has its own BART station, but people traveling to the wine country north of San Francisco (among other tourist attractions outside San Francisco) often choose to fly into other area airports in order to avoid driving through the city itself.
A complete list of airlines serving SFO can be found here, and a flight tracker is located here. To help you get around the airport and find everything you need, there is an excellent interactive map linked from this page. Your dining options are listed here, your shopping options here and the various passenger services are listed here – including an aquarium in Terminal 1. Ground transportation options are plentiful, and are listed here – the BART trains (information here) are especially handy if you are not planning to do any driving in the area. Even people with layovers of four or more hours at SFO are encouraged to utilize BART to do a little sightseeing before their next flight – approximate travel times from the airport to various San Francisco stops are listed here. Driving directions to SFO can be found here, and you can save time and money on San Francisco airport parking by booking it in advance.
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