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Is visiting San Francisco viable in 5.5 hours? Only to do a drive through and not a very thorough one. Let's assume that you have your bags checked all the way through the destination and let's further assume that flights will be on time and let's even further assume that there is no traffic going to and from the airport. Under these circumstances it ...


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You can use a shuttle service (there are several, look them up here), but you'll have to pay more for excessive baggage. For two with such a baggage it may be over $100. It would probably be cheaper to just rent a car for a day. You can drive it from SFO to San Jose, and then return it at SJC airport (which is very close to the San Jose downtown). Your ...


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You likely won't be able to fit into a "normal" cab, however SFO normally has a good assortment of types of cabs available, ranging from those with just larger trunks up to minivans and the like. There are generally taxi marshaling staff at the airport who will be able to assign you to a taxi that will work for you. Keep in mind that a cab to the South Bay ...


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It's do-able, but you won't get a lot of time in the city. Unless you feel like paying for a taxi, your best option to get to the city is BART which leaves directly from the Airport. Presuming you're there on a weekday, BART leaves every 15 minutes (20-25 minutes evenings and weekends), and takes about 30 mins to the city. Allowing time to get from your ...


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Short answer - For any airport with jetways / jetbridge / airbridges, sit as far forward as you can get! Longer answer - a 777 has 4 doors on each side, but in common with almost all planes and airports passengers only ever use the left hand side ones unless something has gone wrong. Those doors are 1L (at the front), 2L (about row 10-15, towards the end of ...


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According to Sleepinginairports: Showers - Location: Freshen' Up International Terminal - landside, level G, Main Hall. Hours: 7:00am - 11:00pm. Fee: $15 for the Deluxe Shower (30 minute shower + 15 minute massage chair with towel, soap, shampoo, lotion, shower shoes, and a hairdryer if required) / $ 8 for the Standard Shower (20 minute shower with ...


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According to the Sleeping in Airports review, you can charge for a fee at Terminal 1, Boarding Area B near Gate 23 Terminal 3, Boarding Area E near Gate 61 Terminal 3, Boarding Area F near Gate 87 You might find free plugs elsewhere, but if you're desperate head on over and get charged up, then do more looking.


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What's quickest will depend on exactly when you want to leave, but as a rough idea BART + CalTrain is likely to be simplest (even if bus/buses might be faster depending on your exact arrival time) For the CalTrain down to Mountain View, you have a few trains an hour in the week (more in peak hours). Most of these stop at Millbrae, a few stop at San Bruno. ...


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Yes, your I94 will be taken out of the passport when you are leaving from Guam to Japan. You will have to fill out a new one once you enter US territory again. The only exception for this rule is when you go to Canada or Mexico for less than 30 days. This is a completely normal procedure and pretty much the same anywhere else in the world. If your visa for ...


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Just found two desks at Gate A11 of the international terminal. You can work and charge at the same time. While boarding I noticed yet two other desks where gear can be charged at gate A12


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Officially the "Minimum Connection Time" for United Domestic -> United International at SFO is 45 minutes, and as you're above this it is still what is considered a "legal" connection. However all this really means is that if you miss your connection the airline is responsible for finding you a seat on a later SFO-LHR flight. It doesn't mean that you'll ...


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Since your reservation is a single one you are quite likely to have the luggage checked through directly to Heathrow. As far as SFO connection is concerned you may not need to go through security which will need to be confirmed with the gate personnel. United operates a shuttle that runs airside between terminals 3 and 1. The only thing is that United 930 ...


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From my own experience it is often more entertaining to have a trip somewhere downtown, eat something nice or even meet some friend for 2-3 hours and going back than being stuck in an airport for that long. Unless you know a good place to stay at the airport where you can sleep, have internet access or other means of passing the time, it is probably more ...


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I just did a quick search on kayak.com for tickets from SFO to Singapore and Singapore to London. Based on one way fares for February 10, 2012. The 2 one way tickets through Singapore would be cheaper then flying from SFO to London directly. So I will repeat the question I had. Do you really need to go to London first? I mean geographically it seems ...


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If your hotel is in downtown, you could try BART to Millbrae and transfer to Caltrain. It is cheaper, and many (but not all) Caltrain train sets have a luggage rack in the middle car. It will be up to you to decide if you can handle getting all the bags onto the train I second the idea of a one-way car rental rather than a taxi. Have one person take ...


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Sleeping In Airports has reviews from people regarding the best places to sleep. The only public showers are at "Freshen Up" the international terminal. From the SFO website : Shower facilities are available at Freshen Up! located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal, near the entrance to Gates G91-G102. Freshen Up! is ...


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SFO, especially the international terminal, is one of the nicer airports. The food is mostly from San Francisco establishments and the quality is good. I especially like Ebisu (sushi) and Burger Joint in that terminal. There are interesting art exhibits both before and after security. I've not been in a million airports but I've been in something like twenty ...


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Since I finally made this trip, I will write what happened here. Mostly it is as what Doc said, when we arrived in SFO, we proceeded to the "Taxi" area as shown by the signs. There is an officer there, and when we showed him our luggage, he said that those won't fit in a normal cab. He then told us to wait while he called a bigger cab. In less than 5 ...


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As it has already been asked in a comment, are the flights on one ticket? If so, the airline gives you some assurance that the connection time is sufficient (if the flight arrives on time). In any case, you will have to get your bags after immigration and go through customs. If they are actually checked through to your destination, there are re-drop ...


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Wander around the waiting areas near the gates. There are a lot of empty ones and I've usually found some outlets there.


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Here's what you should try: instead of trying to book a Singapore - London - San Francisco flight for outgoing and San Francisco - Singapore for return flight, book return flights from Singapore to London and then separate return flights from London to San Francisco. I ran my search on Kayak.co.uk. I looked up PyCon 2012 dates you've linked to for a sample ...



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