San Francisco International Airport serves as the chief gateway to cities in North America, as well as to destinations in Europe, Asia, and other places around the globe. Currently, the airport operates routes to almost a hundred destinations worldwide. The airport is located 21 kilometres south of downtown San Francisco, California, and is the largest airport in the Bay Area. San Francisco International Airport is also the second busiest airport after Los Angeles International Airport
The airport has a unique layout. Its four terminals, terminals 1, 2, 3 and International, and seven concourses, labelled A to G, are arranged in a ring formation. The first three terminals manage domestic carriers, while the International Terminal operates routes to destinations worldwide. Depending on the traffic, the International Terminal serves some domestic flights as well; but like its name suggests, it is primarily focused on the international market. To get between terminals, the AirTrain comes in handy. The AirTrain connects all four terminals, the two international terminal garages, the BART station, and the airport’s Rental Car Center.
The massive International Terminal building is equipped with plenty of eateries. Choose from a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Japanese, Mediterranean and Italian. These restaurants offer delicious food with great ambience. Head to the coffee houses for a latte, or a bakehouse for some sandwiches or pastries. There are also bars serving cocktails, wine or beer along with diverse plate menus. The sheer number of dining options ensure passengers’ different tastes and preferences are met.
Apart from food, the terminal has a diverse range of retail outlets, providing travellers with an expanded airport shopping catalogue to browse from. The items sold include cosmetics, sports apparel, handcrafted jewellery, technology products and accessories, gifts, souvenirs and plenty more. From big brands like Burberry, Coach, Gucci, and Hermes to smaller boutiques, there is a wide selection appeals to suit different budgets and tastes.
One of the must-dos in San Francisco International Airport is visiting the Aviation Museum & Library. The SFO Museum was the first cultural institution of its kind built in an international airport. Located in the International Terminal Main Hall, pre-security, travellers can view various exhibitions revolving around the theme of air transport. Exhibitions also show the history and development of San Francisco International Airport. Walk through the galleries featuring fine art photography, admire artwork done by local students, and take your children to Kids’ Spots – such as exploration play stations showcasing interactive displays from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and mini playground apparatus.
If you prefer to relax in the lounges and surf the Internet, simply connect to the free WiFi available throughout the airport. There are also several places to sit down and unwind before your flights, including the Berman Reflection Room and Christian Science Reading Room. Here, visitors can do some self-reflection and meditation before embarking on their next flight.
Relieve the stress of travel in XpresSpa parlours, and enjoy relaxing massages, manicures, pedicures and facials.