We have 3 major airports and several regional airports:
SFO – San Francisco Airport is the primary airport for the region located south of San Francisco by ___ miles. Travel time to the city would be anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour depending on time of day.
OAK– Oakland International is located across the Bay – easier airport, but fewer flights into Oakland. United does not fly into Oakland. Southwest Airlines is popular at Oakland. Travel time to San Francisco can be 20 mins. to an hour depending on time of day.
SJC – San Jose International Airport located in the South Bay/Silicon Valley. Travel to San Francisco can take an hour to 90 minutes or more depending on time of day.
BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit. Available around the Bay Area and from SFO and OAK. It is efficient and cost effective, however, it is old and not the most pleasurable experience.
The Ferry– There are scheduled ferries that go to various cities on the Bay. The best part is that they come into the gorgeous Ferry Building which has wonderful mostly food based shops and restaurants/eateries.
UBER / LYFT – Both are available in the area. Unofficial wait times are as follows:
- SFO – 5 mins
- Downtown San Francisco – 3 mins
- Silicon Valley – 3 mins
- Oakland and Berkeley – 3 mins.
- Inland Cities of the East Bay – 15 mins.
- Napa Valley/Sonoma Valley – 10 mins.
The Famous San Francisco Cable Cars
Click here for several sites about the Cable Cars
Downtown San Francisco has the famous Trolleys. They are a wonderful part of the touring experience, but not recommended for crucial transport. There are often long lines at the ends of the line and during the day are often full when they arrive at the interim stops. A secret spot is to pick it up at the base of Montgomery Street just up from the The Ferry Building and ride it to Ghirardelli Square, which is above Fisherman’s Wharf, then go into the Buena Vista Cafe on Russian Hill for an Irish Coffee!