SFO Parking

At least 2 hours prior to plane take off
Minimum of 30 minutes after plane lands

SFO Parking

Looking for SFO Long Term Parking?

Compare SFO parking rates on our website and save up to 60% by reserving in advance.

SFO Parking scores on average 94% based on 38699 customer reviews.100

Compare, save & book SFO airport parking with Looking4.com

  • Save money with unbeatable prices for airport parking

  • Cars are safe & secure within pre-checked car parks

  • Save up to 60% if you book in advance today

  • 94% of customers would use our service again

  • We operate in over 15 countries worldwide

San Francisco Airport parking

The terminals at San Francisco are arranged around several domestic and international parking garages providing various hourly, valet and reserved parking options. Several economy and park-and-ride lots are also available both on- and off-site. Accessible parking spaces and electric vehicle charging stations can be found in all the on-site airport parking lots and garages.

San Francisco Airport Parking Cost

Car ParkTransfer time (mins)Daily Rates From
Burlingame Airport Parking - Self Park - Uncovered - Burlingame $9.00
Crowne Plaza San Francisco Airport - Self Park - Uncovered - Burlingame $10.00
Holiday Inn Express San Francisco Airport North - Self Park - Uncovered - South San Francisco $10.99
Anza Parking - Self Park - Uncovered - Burlingame $11.99
Anza Parking - Valet - Uncovered - Burlingame $11.99

These are our cheapest prices based on the daily price when staying for a week in a month's time. To get prices accurate for you, use the search box above to compare prices for your parking dates.

Short-term parking

Domestic short-term airport parking in the central parking garage is ideal for passengers on very short trips who value convenience or who might be seeing off or meeting friends or family. Similar international short-term garages are set just before the International Terminal.

Reserved parking

ParkFAST is a reserved parking program with a convenient swipe card system also based in the central domestic garage; it's a great option for regular travelers wanting the quickest route possible through parking.

Valet parking

Valet services are also available in the domestic garage or at various off-site lots; the ultimate convenience choice, you leave your car with an attendant to take care of finding a space and they'll have it waiting for you when you get back from your trip, too.

Long-term parking

Long-term economy parking lots are located at the edge of the airport site, close to the main road entrance. They are connected to the departure terminals by 24-hour free shuttle buses, which is a great balance of value and convenience ideal for anyone taking a longer trip.

Park and Ride and valet parking

There is also an off-site Park ‘N Fly service available at SFO for those wanting a seamless trip from the beginning. As well as being able to park up yourself, you can leave your keys with a valet and have them park it for you. Either way, there’s a shuttle bus from the parking lot that runs on a regular basis, so you won’t have to wait for long to get to the terminal.

Guide to San Francisco Airport

  • +1 650-821-8211
  • San Francisco, CA 94128, United States
  • Car, bus, train, taxi, rental
  • Free access throughout the airport
  • www.flysfo.com/

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) carries over 50 million passengers every year, making it the seventh-busiest airport in the USA. Offering popular routes across the US, Europe and Asia, it is a key hub for United Airlines and the primary base of operations for Virgin America.

Creating $60 billion of economic activity in the Bay area, SFO is a critical part of the local economy. It’s currently engaged in long-term plans to maintain an exceptional travel experience whilst expanding to bring 70 million people through its doors every year.

Focused heavily on quality standards, over the last decade the airport has received a wide range of awards for infrastructure engineering, mobile apps, concessions, amenities, customer service, safety and environmental practices, making it one of the world's most pioneering airports.

Location of San Francisco Airport

Located about 13 miles (21 kilometers) to the south of Downtown San Francisco, the airport sits in San Mateo County, close to Daly City, Brisbane, South San Francisco and Millbrae. Set just off US Route 101 for easy access by car, rental or taxi, San Francisco International is also well-connected by rail and bus networks.

The BART Pittsburg/Bay Point to SFO/Millbrae line runs from Pittsburg through Oakland and San Francisco and onto the airport. It connects at Millbrae with Caltrain services from San Francisco, San Jose and Gilroy. SamTrans bus routes are another way to the airport running along the peninsula from San Mateo, Palo Alto and central San Francisco.

History of San Francisco Airport

Established in 1927 as a temporary municipal airfield that was little more than a dirt strip runway in a cow pasture, SFO only took four years to become a permanent fixture in the region. It became a key location for United Airlines and rolled out a range of expansion plans for new runways, car parking lots, terminal buildings and even a seaplane harbor.

Introducing international destinations throughout the 1940s and 1950s, both the airport facilities and passenger numbers steadily expanded throughout the 20th century. The dot-com boom of the 1990s briefly elevated San Francisco International to the sixth-busiest airport in the world and, although that boost in demand has since faded, the airport still delivers world-leading quality and services.

Airport facilities

About 150 concessions are spread across the terminals at San Francisco Airport, offering award-winning selections of food, drink and shopping. Many local restaurants and stores have branches at SFO that ensure passengers get unique choices that wouldn’t be found at any other airport.

SFO has run a volunteer ambassador-style program since the 1950s and you can find information booths for it dotted through the departures and ticketing areas of the terminals. Additional support is available from the Ready, Set, Fly workshops program for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and their families and a full airport concierge service can be booked via Airport Butler. If you have any general advance inquiries, contact customer service at the airport on +1 650-821-8211.

  • Short-term parking

  • Long-term parking

  • Valet parking

  • Reserved parking

  • Covered parking garages

  • Electric vehicle charging

  • Car wash

  • Bicycle parking

  • Cell phone lot

  • Accessible parking

  • Train and bus stations

  • 24/7 free AirTrain

  • Rental car center

  • CLEAR biometric security and TSA Precheck

  • Hotels

  • Hotel shuttles

  • Airline lounges

  • USO lounge

  • Showers and nap rooms

  • Shopping

    • Duty free, gifts and souvenirs

    • Fashion, jewelry and apparel

    • Cosmetics

    • Gadgets, technology and entertainment

    • Books, candy and newsstands

    • Travel agency

  • Drinks

    • Coffee shops

    • Juice bar

    • Bar

    • Wine bar

    • Cocktail bar

  • Food

    • Fast food

    • American, Italian, Asian and Mexican restaurants

    • Bakeries, desserts and yogurt

    • Food markets

    • Deli, sandwiches and subs

    • Vending machines

  • Meditation, yoga and reading rooms

  • Aviation museum and library

  • Art program

  • Airport therapy dogs

  • Spa

  • Nursing rooms

  • Children's play areas

  • Pet relief areas

  • Wheelchairs

  • Medical clinics and defibrillators

  • Baggage wrapping and assistance

  • Storage facilities

  • ATMs

  • Currency exchange

  • Cell phone rentals

  • Business services

  • Workstations

  • Free WiFi

  • Postal services

  • Lost and found

San Francisco Airport hotel and parking

Hotel and parking packages offer a useful solution for passengers who want to catch an early departure or late arrival. Packages do vary but generally offer up to two weeks of free or low-cost parking to anyone spending at least one night at the hotel. Similarly to a Park and Ride service, courtesy shuttle buses carry you the short distance between the hotel and airport.

Most hotels offering packages are within a five-mile (eight-kilometer) radius of the airport and require advance booking; cancellations are usually free.

Several independent local hotels and motels have spaces and many of the brand-name chains such as Best Western, Holiday Inn, Marriott, Ramada and Travelodge have hotels located specifically to serve airport passengers, with some offering up to three weeks of parking as part of your reservation.

Top things to do in San Francisco Airport

Unwind in the relaxation spaces

SFO is full of spaces set aside specifically to help you unwind and relax before your flight or during a layover. For instance, spas are located around the terminals offering a range of quick massages and beauty treatments like manicures and pedicures. There are also two complimentary yoga rooms, a reflection room for meditation and a Christian Science Reading Room welcoming all passengers looking for a quiet place to read or relax. Finally, the Freshen Up booth in the International Terminal offers two essentials that everyone who has ever been through a layover or flight delay craves; nap rooms and shower facilities.

Visit the aviation museum and exhibits

The SFO Aviation Museum and Library is based in the old 1930s passenger lobby and provides exhibitions, research services, educational programs and a for-hire event space. The collection is focused on aviation items including photography and aircraft models, but special exhibits are regularly featured in partnership with other museums and collections. Some recent exhibitions include airline uniform design through history, shoes in various cultures around the world, Roman architecture and the history of gambling machines.

Meet the Wag Brigade

There's little doubt that the most popular members of the airport team are the Wag Brigade, San Francisco International's therapy dog program, which includes a therapy pig who loves meeting people and doing tricks. All of the animals in the program are certified through the SFSPCA Animal Assisted Therapy scheme and specially selected to work at the airport, bringing smiles, happiness and love to passengers young and old.

Indulge in fantastic food

SFO has won a multitude of awards for its food and drink concessions, which are a unique mixture of familiar brands and local restaurants offering some exceptional cuisine to travelers. Napa Farms Market in Terminal 2 is a huge standout with a wide range of healthy options made from fresh, locally-produced food; there are takeaway picnics, pizzas, hot food and desserts available to order. Yankee Pier in Terminal 3 flies in seafood twice a day to keep it fresh and deliver incredibly tasty lobster, crab and chowder dishes, whilst Ebisu in the International Terminal serves up fantastic sushi, noodle dishes, udon, edamame and miso soup.

Enjoy the art program

The public art program consists of a mixture of exhibits from the SFO Aviation Museum and displays curated by the SF Arts Commission covering a range of fine arts. Permanent exhibits include contemporary painting, sculpture, installations and photography and there are various galleries spread through the terminals showing photography originating from or inspired by the San Francisco and Bay Area. There are even interactive artworks for children to enjoy in the Terminal 2 Kids' Spots and rotating displays of art from local schools and youth groups.

Top things to do near San Francisco Airport

Alcatraz Island

The infamously unique prison island is in San Francisco Bay and whilst it no longer houses prisoners, it does offer one of the most fascinating and affordable attractions in SF – and it’s just 15 miles (25 kilometers) from SFO Airport. Reached by ferry from Pier 33 in the North Beach area, the Alcatraz tour includes the ferry ride with panoramic views of the city and its famous bridges, a film on the history of the island and an audio tour of the former-prison itself. There's also time to explore features including the lighthouse, historic military fortifications, rock pools and resident seabird colony. Day and night tours are available and always popular, so pre-book if you can.

Golden Gate Bridge

You can find the most famous sight in San Francisco just 18 miles (29 kilometers) from SFO; the iconic Golden Gate suspension bridge. Opened in 1937, this was the longest bridge in the world for almost 30 years and a wonder of modern engineering – there aren’t many structures that could be described as beautiful. It's the perfect place to take in some bracing sea air and the world-famous views of the city whether walking, cycling, driving or taking a bus. Across the bridge, you can find Battery Spencer and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which are great green spaces ideal for relaxing, walking or enjoying some food. On a good day, you might even catch some early-morning surfers underneath the bridge.

AT&T Park

AT&T baseball park has been home to Major League Baseball’s (MLB's) San Francisco Giants since opening in 2000 and also hosts professional, college and high school football, soccer matches and music concerts. It's a superb baseball park just 14 miles (23 kilometers) from SFO International that boasts great views of the game and the city, a range of VIP-style ticket options and clean, modern facilities. Family-friendly with a wonderful atmosphere, the truly outstanding feature is the food, which is a fantastically high-quality and varied choice that’s way ahead of most modern sports stadiums in the world.

Palace of Fine Arts Theater

Set close to the Golden Gate bridge about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from SFO, the Palace of Fine Arts Theater is a striking monumental exhibition space that is over 100 years old. Built around a picturesque artificial lagoon and gardens, the palace itself offers grand, ornate architecture inspired by Greek and Roman buildings, decorated with beautiful panels and murals. A joy to explore or relax around when the weather is fine, it also features regular art exhibitions and is as much of a favorite for SF locals as it is for tourists.

The Exploratorium

Described by the New York Times as the most important science museum to have opened since the mid-20th century, the Exploratorium is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) from San Francisco Airport. It offers uniquely interactive, experiential museum exhibits where visitors learn about psychology, physics, biology, the natural world, magnetism and the local region by playing with and manipulating the exhibits. Perfect for children and the mad scientist in all of us, this really is the most fun that learning can be and the hours fly past.

Lands End

Located just a short distance around the coast from the Golden Gate Bridge, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) from San Francisco Airport, Lands End is a park by a rocky stretch of shoreline affording stunning panoramic views of the whole Bay Area.

Dotted with hiking and biking trails, as well as numerous shipwrecks visible at low tide and a small “hidden labyrinth”, it's a great place to visit for a bracing walk in nature. You can often spot seals near the coast and a wide range of birds and flowers in the spring, but the one thing everyone remembers is the quality of the sunsets.

The Cable Cars

A San Francisco icon, the cable cars designed to carry people up and down the steep hills in the city have become a must-ride attraction for many visitors. The cars can get quite busy at weekends, so midweek is often the best time to enjoy them - all day passes are available if you plan to use cable cars as your chosen means of transport for the day. Three lines still operate around the Nob Hill area of the city and you can also find a Cable Car Museum alongside an intersection, which is a great place to jump onboard.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Close to the Financial District and Union Square, about 14 miles (23 kilometers) from San Francisco Airport, you can find the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The building, designed around a central atrium in bold, contemporary architectural style, houses an exceptional collection of pieces.

With the likes of Matisse, Klee, Duchamp, Warhol and many more on display, the collection is rotated around ever-changing exhibitions, special events and educational programs. The building itself is a pleasure to explore and admire alongside a world-class collection of work and you can also enjoy the rooftop garden, on-site café or head for one of the many restaurants in the area.

Which terminal?

SFO has a well-engineered layout, dividing the terminals into numbered sections for domestic flights and a single international flight hub. In practice, it isn't quite as straightforward with some internal flights leaving from the International Terminal and vice versa. The various terminal areas are all physically connected, though, so you can get around on foot or by utilizing the AirTrain system. There are also shuttle buses connecting the terminals to the long-term parking lots.

The airlines currently offering public flights to and from San Francisco Airport can be found on the San Francisco Airport website.

How to get to San Francisco Airport



Set in the 94128 ZIP Code in the South San Francisco area, SFO sits on US Route 101 and connects to the Interstate system from I-280 via I-380.

Route 101 is perfect for anyone traveling from smaller regional cities along the coast, such as San Jose, Salinas, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa or Eureka.

The I-5 connects larger cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento and Portland; switching to the I-80 at Sacramento or the I-580 at junction 445 close to Tracy will get you to the I-280 and airport.

SFO offers a full range of car rentals, taxis, limousines and shared-ride shuttles as well as extensive car parking for your own vehicle.


SamTrans provides a public bus service 24 hours a day to connect SFO to various destinations in San Francisco and the surrounding San Mateo County.

There are four bus stops dotted around the main terminal buildings; Terminal 2 arrivals, Terminal 3 arrivals and in the International Terminal at Courtyard A and Courtyard G, some of the routes also stop at the Car Rental Center.

Buses are the most economical mode of transport from the city to the airport, with travel times typically just over an hour from Downtown SF.


San Francisco Airport is extremely well-connected by regular, reliable train services. The AirTrain system is free, 24-hour and connects all the terminals and Car Rental Center with a BART rail station next to Courtyard G of the International Terminal.

BART vouchers can be bought in advance or you can pay at the SFO BART station. Routes run into the city center and beyond to Richmond, Pittsburg, Dublin, Fremont and Oakland International Airport (OAK).

The BART also travels in the opposite direction to reach Millbrae where you can connect to the Caltrain commuter rail network.

Caltrain connects Downtown San Francisco with SFO, San Jose, San Jose International Airport (SJC) and Gilroy further south.

Useful tips

Avoid busy times

The busiest check-in times are usually from 6am to 9am weekdays in the domestic terminals and 12pm to 3pm in the International Terminal, though many regular passengers report delays coming into arrivals around immigration and passport control at any time of day, so be sure to plan ahead to get through to your gate in time.

Beware the weather

Delays at San Francisco are relatively common due to heavy fog in the Bay area, which causes problems for any flights into or out of SFO. Try to check the weather and the SFO Airport website for flight delays before you begin your journey to the airport.

Use time-saving options

Programs such as TSA Precheck and the CLEAR biometric passport system are both available at SFO and can be great time-savers if traveling at a busy time is unavoidable.

Plan to eat

Not all terminals are equal in terms of food choices - Terminal 1 has a particularly limited selection. If it's important to get some food while you're at the airport, plan ahead where you'd like to eat and allow some time to reach your chosen restaurant, since it’s a sizeable airport.

Come powered up

Depending on the terminal you're traveling from and how busy it is, you may struggle finding an available power outlet to charge phones, laptops and other devices at SFO, so make sure everything you need is fully charged before you set off.

Find a space for work

The #Converge@flySFO Lounge in the International Terminal makes an excellent remote office space if you don't have access to an airline lounge. It includes networking space, WiFi, desks, power outlets and white boards for all users.

Where to sleep if you get stuck

A late flight with weather delays can mean a lot of people getting stuck at an airport that lacks late-night public transport. No-one will mind you sleeping in the airport itself, but keep in mind that a number of local hotels provide free shuttle services to and from the airport, most of which are available around the clock on request, so you can easily get to a comfortable and nearby bed if you don’t fancy sleeping on airport benches.

San Francisco Airport FAQs

How much is parking in San Francisco airport?

Parking at San Francisco airport is available through the Looking4 quote search at the top of this page. To get the best quote for your vacation requirements, we recommend having all your information to hand, including travel dates, in order to get the most accurate prices for airport parking at San Francisco.

"Very good service. Thanks"


San Francisco customer's reviews: 94% (18145)

Partners with:

  • Virgin Australia
  • Emirates
  • HRG
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • Ryan air
  • Jet star