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How To Get From San Francisco Airport To City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on October 15th, 2022 at 02:32 am

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We will write how to get from San Francisco airport to city center. The distance from San Francisco International Airport to San Francisco city center is 23 kilometers. Click here to book online San Francisco Activities and Entrance Tickets

The travel time by taxi from San Francisco airport to downtown is around 30 minutes. If you go by bus for around 50 minutes and by BART Metro for around 30 minutes.

The cheapest way from San Francisco airport to downtown is by bus for $2.25 USD. And if you go by taxi will be around $55 USD depending on your final destination. Read here how to get from Oakland airport to San Francisco

You can also rent a car in San Francisco airport or get a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi if traveling in a group.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

A total of $40-50 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in San Francisco. There are hotels mid-budget $100-150 USD and you can find luxury accommodations starting from $300 USD.

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SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

BUS FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)

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The cheapest way from San Francisco airport to downtown is by bus. You will take Buses Number 292, 398 and 397 (Night Bus) from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 at San Francisco airport going to San Francisco downtown.

The bus travel time from San Francisco airport to downtown is around 50-60 minutes. Buses Number 292, 398 and 397 are running every 15-30 minutes starting from 4 30 am until 1 30 am. These are the stops coming from San Francisco airport to city center: Union Square, 11th and Mission St.

SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BUS ROUTE

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The Buses Number 292, 398 and 397 fare from San Francisco airport to city center is $2.25 USD. You have to buy in the vending machines at the airport.

You can also buy a Clipper Card for $2 USD and top up to get discounts if you are planning to use public transportation around San Francisco. You can click here to know more about Bus schedule and routes!

BART METRO FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

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You can go also from San Francisco airport to city by metro. The BART Metro is running every 15-30 minutes starting from 5 am until midnight from San Francisco airport to city. The BART Metro fare from San Francisco airport to downtown is $9.65 USD.

The BART Metro travel time from San Francisco airport to downtown is around 30 minutes. The BART metro from San Francisco International Airport Civic Center, Powell Street (Union Square), Montgomery Street and Embarcadero (The Financial District). You can click here BART Schedule and Route.

BY TAXI FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN

If you go from San Francisco airport to downtown by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 30 minutes.

The taxi fare from San Francisco Airport to city center is around $55 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO SAN FRANCISCO CITY CENTER

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If you are ordering Uber in San Francisco you should know that prices are similar to taxis. You can pre-book with Uber app from your phone and go to the pickup point at the airport. Expect to pay around $50-60 USD depending on your destination and time of the day from San Francisco International Airport to city center.

CAR RENTAL AT SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT

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There are many options for renting a car in San Francisco’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in San Francisco. It will take you 30 minutes to get from San Francisco airport to downtown in a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport. Prices are around €30 per day.

Car rental options can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around San Francisco.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to San Francisco. Prices are around $60 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $15 USD per person.

BEST WAY FROM SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT TO SAN FRANCISCO DOWNTOWN

The best way from San Francisco Airport to downtown is getting by bus if you are traveling on a budget of $2.25 USD and 50 minutes travel time. You can go by BART Metro for $9.65 USD and it will take 30 minutes.

You can get Uber, or a taxi since the distances aren’t far and you will get in your accommodation in 30 minutes for around $50-60 USD especially a great idea if you are traveling with someone to split the cost.

ACCOMMODATION IN SAN FRANCISCO

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A total of $40-50 USD would be the range of your budget for accommodation in San Francisco. There are hotels mid-budget $100-150 USD and you can find luxury accommodations starting from $300 USD.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN SAN FRANCISCO BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN SAN FRANCISCO

There are 4 seasons in San Francisco. The best time to visit San Francisco is from the months of April to October because it is the month of the best weather. However, lots of tourists prefer to travel from January to March since it’s not peak season but it can be snowing for a few days.

Click here to know more about the weather in San Francisco

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Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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