An SFO airport shuttle or airporter service is a great option for those heading to destinations outside of San Francisco. In this section, learn more about the shuttle options from SFO to the east bay and south bay cities such as Mountain View, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek and Oakland.
You can also learn more about the San Francisco airporter and door to door service options to Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. This is a great alternative to renting a car or using public transportation to try to get to areas further away from San Francisco.
There are two different types of San Francisco transportation services to areas further away from the city. The first option is an airporter or bus service. This is not the typical public transit bus with hundreds of stops. These are special airport only services that usually have only four or five designated stops along the way.
Airporters are usually comfortable buses with plenty of seating. They have extra space available for luggage.
These larger airporters also run regular schedules. Some require prior reservations and some do not.
The second option is a door to door SFO airport shuttle. These are smaller vans that seat around six to eight people They are usually a shared service where you make two or three other stops along the way. These are a little more expensive, but drop you off at your front door.
Visit the Airport Shuttle in San Francisco page for more information on shuttles to and from SFO and the city of San Francisco.
As I mentioned above, there are two types of services from SFO to areas beyond San Francisco. The first is the airporter. Here are some pros and cons of using an airporter service.
|Regular Schedules: Airporters run on a regular schedule and make several trips a day. Most do not require that you call in advance, but check with your individual carrier to confirm.||Scheduled Stops: Airporters do not offer door to door service. They have around four to five designated stops. You will then need to arrange for additional transportation to get you to your final destination.|
|No Reservations Required: Most do not require reservations, so you can pick up the airporter once you arrive. If you are running late, you do not need to call and inform them of your change of plans. You can just hop on the next airporter when it arrives.||Limited Transport: You might need to book additional transportation to get around during your stay. As I mentioned above, you need to get to your final destination, but you will also need to determine how you will get around for the rest of your visit.|
|Ease of Use: It is an easy way to get closer to your destination. You do not have to worry about driving in traffic or trying to find your way around. You can just sit back and let the driver worry about getting you to your stop.||Longer to Arrive at Destination: Since there are other stops along the way, sometimes it will take longer for you to arrive at your destination.|
Here is a list of the San Francisco airporters including the destinations they serve.
|Company||Pricing||Other Information & Notes|
|Evans Airport Service||
$29 per adult, one way
$20 per child, under 12, one way
Reservations not required for transportation between their regular stops in Napa and Vallejo
Offer pick up from specific hotels in Napa and Yountville, total charge for this service is $45 per person, one way and you need to make reservations at least 48 hours in advance
Runs 7 days a week, 9 departures a day, see updated schedule on their site for more details
|Marin Airporter||$20 to $21 per adult, one way - pricing depends on drop off location||
6 drop off locations in Marin County including one in Sausalito, two in Mill Valley, one in Larkspur, one in San Rafael and one at their main terminal in Novato (not all buses drop off at the Novato stop, so call ahead for more details)
Contact them at 415.461.4222 for more details
|Monterey Airbus||$40 to $45, per person, one way, depending on pick up and drop off location||
This is a smaller shuttle service that runs from SFO to Monterey. You need to make a reservation, but they offer a set schedule. They have a couple of stops near Monterey.
Book online and save on your fare: http://www.montereyairbus.com/rates
|Santa Cruz Airport Flyer||$55 per person, one way||
This is an option for those heading to Santa Cruz. It picks up at SFO every two hours. You also need to make a reservation in advance, since these are smaller mini-vans with limited space. They make three regular stops in the Santa Cruz area.
Call for details and to request a reservation: 831.423.5937
|Sonoma County Airport Express||Varies based on pick up and drop off location||
This is a bus service and has four stops in Sonoma County. The stops are in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and San Rafael.
Runs every hour on the half hour from SFO with a few exceptions. Review their schedule and pricing details on their site at: http://airportexpressinc.com/schedule_sfo.html
There are also a few door to door SFO airport shuttle options. As I mentioned above, they are smaller vans that drop you off at your front door. Here are some pros and cons for this option.
|Flat Fee: The cost is fixed and you know how much it will cost you. You an also pay in advance, so you do not have to worry about having cash on you to pay for the service.||More Expensive: These are quite a bit more expensive than taking an airporter. The cost is sometimes three to four times more depending on your final destination.|
|Front Door Delivery: These services drop you off at your front door. You do not have to worry about getting from a central location to your hotel or where you are staying.||Reservations Required: You will need to reserve your door to door SFO airport shuttle in advance. This is not a big deal, but means you will need to keep them informed if your flight is running late.|
|Ease of Use: They are really easy to use and it takes the hassle out of driving yourself.||Wait Times at the Airport: You will need to call your shuttle to inform them of your arrival. You will usually have to wait 20 to 25 minutes for your shuttle to arrive.|
SFO airport shuttles with door to door service are usually a little more flexible too than an airporter. This is a good option if it is too much of a hassle or too far away from one of the airporter stops listed above.
Here are a list of the companies and some of the areas they serve.
|Company||Pricing||Other Information & Notes|
|Bay Shuttle||Price varies based on drop off location||
Reservations required, 415.564.3400
Services the east bay including Berkley, Oakland and Walnut Creek; south bay including San Jose, Palo Alto and Mountain View; Marin County including Tiburon, San Anselmo and Larkspur
|Marin Door to Door||Varies quite a bit based on pick up or drop off location||
Reservations are required.
They service Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. Learn more about their services and pricing on their web site: http://www.marindoortodoor.com/index.htm
|Napa Airporter||Varies based on pick up and drop off location||
This company offers smaller, shuttle vans for door to door service in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
Reservations are required. See their pricing schedule on their web site at: http://www.napaairporter.com/rates.htm
Both the airporters and the SFO airport shuttle vans with door to door service pick up in the same area. There are four terminals at SFO and each have an SFO airport shuttle stop. Follow the signs for airporters and door to door shuttle services in the airport to find the exact location for your terminal.
Below you will also find a map from the official San Francisco International Airport web site. It shows you were each shuttle stop is located for each terminal.
Taking an airporter or door to door SFO airport shuttle is a good option for you if you do not want to drive from the airport. It is also an easy way to get closer to your destination instead of driving or trying to figure out public transportation.
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