San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

N McDonnell Rd (at Link Rd), San Francisco, CA 94128
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San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the “gateway to the Pacific,” is a world-class airport.


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  • "... flights out of Terminal 2. If you're flying Delta or Alaska (T1)..." (108 tips)
  • "... running late for your flight!" (184 tips)
  • "... and, if you're flying United, find the super-fast family line at..." (125 tips)
  • About Foursquare

    On September 5, 2010, SFO became the first foursquare venue to top 100,000 checkins.

    About Foursquare · September 7, 2010
  • Robert R.

    Use the Dyson AirBlade hand dryers in the restrooms... (fastest hand dryer ever); and it's hygienic too! Read more

    Robert R. · May 12, 2010
  • Clay J.

    fly Virgin 'cause it's the shit.

    Clay J. · May 22, 2009
  • Tina Hui T.

    Free wifi is now available at SFO as of August 14 2010!! Thanks SFO. Happy web access! Have a safe but incredible journey, enjoy wherever your destination may be. :)

    Tina Hui T. · August 14, 2010
  • Loic L.

    I feel really sad for the guy who is the Mayor of SFO airport :-)

    Loic L. · January 24, 2010
  • Benedict C.

    No matter what airline your fly, make sure you're at the gate 45 minutes to an hour prior to departure. Doors close 10 minutes prior to departure. Airplanes don't wait for you, YOU wait for airplanes.

    Benedict C. · August 16, 2010
  • Loic L.

    Enjoy the security line, they are much shorter than when you fly in from Europe these days.

    Loic L. · February 1, 2010
  • Valentine's Day Movie

    Nothing says “Grand Gesture” like picking up your sweetheart at the airport, especially after hours of delays and body searches. Flowers or food will get you extra points. #vday

    Valentine's Day Movie · February 2, 2010
  • SkyMall

    A trip to San Francisco is not complete unless you pick up some Ghirardelli chocolates to bring home to the ones you love. Ghirardelli kiosks are located throughout all the terminals in SFO.

    SkyMall · October 20, 2010
  • Miranda R.

    Fly Virgin America! Friendliest service ever! :)

    Miranda R. · June 18, 2010
  • Drew H.

    If you are at SFO, try the airplanes. They are AMAZING!

    Drew H. · July 20, 2011
  • Marc F.

    Fly in to San Francisco Airport

    Marc F. · June 14, 2010
  • Justine  E.

    tell the people at baggage claim who try to solicite you a ride to piss off because it's illegal!!!!

    Justine  E. · July 30, 2009
  • Stanford University

    During his visit to Stanford, United CEO Jeff Smisek said that United burns $25,000 worth of jet fuel every minute. Stanford's Aero/Astro Department is creating a more sustainable future for aviation. Read more

    Stanford University · November 3, 2011
  • Benedict C.

    Friend the mayor! He's always around. He's such a workaholic.

    Benedict C. · May 24, 2010
  • Andrew B.

    Where Foursquare players disappear into teleportation mode, or reappear. Bye bye! Or hello!

    Andrew B. · October 2, 2009
  • a A.

    Take Bart to sfo

    a A. · April 10, 2010
  • Stanford University

    Want to fly from SFO to Sydney in 90 minutes? Learn about how researchers at Stanford University are working toward making hypersonic flight (flying at 3,400 mph) a reality. Read more

    Stanford University · December 1, 2011
  • molly s.

    if you're going to san francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

    molly s. · May 18, 2010
  • Adam C.

    SFO... way better than LAX...

    Adam C. · January 8, 2010
  • Eddie C.

    Go through security with a bottle of water, don't take off your shoes, leave your laptop in your bag, stainless steel jockstrap or bra and no boarding pass in less than 2 minutes.

    Eddie C. · May 3, 2009
  • Gieson C.

    If you use BART, take the tram for domestic terminals

    Gieson C. · July 23, 2009
  • Tantek Ç.

    bring a small clear plastic bottle of water, drink the whole thing while in the security line, pack the empty bottle in your carry-on, refill it after passing through security.

    Tantek Ç. · August 30, 2009
  • Benedict C.

    Make sure you STAND to the right in moving walkways. You WILL get run down by late passengers. BTW, the moving walkway is not a ride. It's a people mover. There's reasoning to the name.

    Benedict C. · August 18, 2010
  • Eater

    Top Dining Options: PIQ, Terminal ; Ebisu, International Terminal, Boarding Area G; Burger Joint, Terminal 2, near Gate 58B; Yankee Pier, Terminal 3, near Gate 72; Cat Cora's Kitchen, by Gate 55. Read more

    Eater · July 11, 2012
  • Mike V.

    Taking BART into the city is fast and cheap!

    Mike V. · June 5, 2010
  • SkyMall

    Max's Eatz and Fresh Bakery is the best deli food in the San Francisco airport. Period. The N.Y. pastrami on rye is excellent. Also try the chicken matzoh ball soup.

    SkyMall · October 20, 2010
  • Brian S.

    Get the new SFO app!

    Brian S. · December 17, 2010
  • SkyMall

    Very cool. Very green. At the rotunda in SFO terminal 3, there is a GlobalTap faucet. You can refill your reusable water bottle or cup here.

    SkyMall · March 9, 2011
  • Shauna C.

    Try flying Virgin. Sometimes first class is actually less expensive than coach on other airlines.

    Shauna C. · December 17, 2010
  • Benedict C.

    Free Wi-Fi starting September 1st

    Benedict C. · August 8, 2010
  • Tristan

    Pro tip: SFO -> NYC. Sunday early morning virgin America flights are best if you want to zip through security. Always empty

    Tristan · January 9, 2011
  • Jay T.

    Here for Inman Connect? Hope you packed a spare liver...

    Jay T. · July 25, 2011
  • Benedict C.

    Although regulated by the TSA, SFO Airport is one of the few airports in the nation using a private security service, Covenant Airport Security, via TSA's Screening Partnership Program. No TSA here!

    Benedict C. · July 18, 2011
  • Travel + Leisure

    Bored? Learn about the history of air transport at the Aviation Museum and Library in the International Terminal. Stressed? Terminal 2’s Yoga Room, is devoted to relaxation and self-reflection.

    Travel + Leisure · July 30, 2012
  • Webster L.

    Welcome to SFO! Have a great trip, wherever you're going.

    Webster L. · June 11, 2010
  • Courtenay B.

    If you don't mind the smell, there are outlets hidden behind the recycling bins on the gate side of all the columns.

    Courtenay B. · August 22, 2010
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    The SFO airport Museum is the first of its kind in an international airport with ever-changing exhibitions. Check out the superb displays located throughout the airport.

    The Ritz-Carlton · September 18, 2013
  • Benedict C.

    100,000 people have checked into SFO Airport as of August 10, 2011

    Benedict C. · August 11, 2011
  • Bill C.

    Set expectations on the armrest early in your flight, and those pesky middle seat elbows will be forced to stay where they belong

    Bill C. · June 30, 2010
  • Robert R.

    ...visit (Official San Francisco International Airport Site) and check out the interactive map!

    Robert R. · July 18, 2010
  • Edward F.

    Never EVER fly American. Consider walking or swimming before flying American.

    Edward F. · April 6, 2010
  • Brenden M.

    SFO is a great place if you're looking to go somewhere but don't want to travel by land or sea.

    Brenden M. · December 13, 2010
  • Andi G.

    Ask the homeland security for a copy of your body scan to send out as sexy Christmas cards!

    Andi G. · November 29, 2010
  • @BoomShakalaka

    Meh, atleast there's cute chicks that work here

    @BoomShakalaka · December 22, 2010
  • jeremiah o.

    always look for alternative security lines to check into. united is the worst however the international security line can let you into domestic. shhhh!

    jeremiah o. · October 28, 2009
  • SkyMall

    Big meeting and you want to look your best? Try the SFO Hairport located pre-security in Terminal 1 near the security checkpoint area C for hair styling, facials and massages.

    SkyMall · October 20, 2010
  • DJ

    eat outside security @ the firewood cafe (international terminal) great food awesome atmosphere and no lines!!

    DJ · September 28, 2010
  • Brian P.

    Sit in the big black leather chairs at southwest terminals and pretend you are first class.

    Brian P. · July 22, 2009
  • Paul B.

    Flying soon? Tweet @FlightStatus with your flight number and get real-time Twitter flight updates. Remember to "like" this tip :)

    Paul B. · June 10, 2013

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