San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is located 8 miles (13 Km) south of the city and it 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
Taxis offer door-to-door service to any destination within San Francisco and surrounding communities.
Address: San Francisco International Airport
Phone: +1 415 800 435 9736 / +1 415 650 821 8211
Oakland International Airport
(OAK) lies 20 miles (32 Km) east of the city.
Use the BART transport system to get to and from the airport. Oakland Airport BART station is located next to the Terminal 1 baggage claim area. The line connects the airport and Coliseum stations, the journey lasts 8 minutes.
Address: 1 Airport Drive - Oakland, CA
Phone: +1 510 563 3300
San Jose International Airport
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).
Address: 1701 Airport Boulevard - San Jose, CA
Phone: +1 408 392 1150
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.
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.
San Francisco is in the Pacific time zone, and all times are reflected in Pacific time.
San Francisco has the most extensive public transit system on the West Coast. The MUNI-Metro, a light rail System, operates five routes that crisscross the city. 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. Purchase a Clipper card to make payments easier; 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:
Taxis are easily available at shopping malls, hotels and the airport. Other options for lower fares are the rideshare companies Curb, Uber, Lyft and Wingz.
For taxi services call the following number
Phone: +1 415 333 3333
There is at least one post office location in each of the major neighborhoods. Hours vary slightly but are generally 8h - 17h weekdays and 9h - 13h on Saturday. There are a few that are open on Sundays.
Walgreens Drug Store has a number of stores in the city:
730 Market Street
+1 415 397 4800
1301 Franklin Street
+1 415 775 6706
Chain pharmacies (such as CVS) are easy to locate around the city. Check for ones open 24/7 in your area.
Address: 730 Market Street - San Francisco, CA
Phone: +1 415 397 4800
110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles), two flat-pronged plugs.
Country Code: +1
Area Code: 415