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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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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 (5 for the 777-300), 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 ...


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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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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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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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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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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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You can drive, take a cab, there are buses, trains, probably even helicopters, but what most people use and which is designated for travellers going downtown is the BART. You have to cross the airport in the mini train shuttle (it comes every few minutes) to access the BART station. Once you get there, the price for a one-way ticket is 8.65USD to go ...


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According to Uber, it is possible, it even lists suggested prices from the airport to San Francisco and Palo Alto, one more thing: Trips to or from SFO on uberX, UberBLACK, or UberSUV are subject to a $4 airport surcharge and any applicable tolls.


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The SFO webpage on accessibility mentions two interesting bits of information. First thing is, of course, that you should inform your airline of all particular needs you might have, for them to make the necessary arrangements. Secondly, according to the afore-mentioned website, airline staff is approachable in both Domestic and International terminals: ...


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A navigation system would be unusual in an American rental car below premium or luxury level. Many (probably most) of these cars are special ordered from American automobile manufacturers and they are bottom-of-the-line with respect to optional equipment. In some cases, they have fewer features than the cheapest model available to the general public. ...


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Option 1 This entire procedure would likely be made more smooth if you could coordinate by cell phone, but should be possible even without, and can be pre-arranged before arriving at the airport, or even knowing the airport layout. Have your friend drop you off at the customer-drop of section of the airport, near the car rentals. Instruct your friend to ...


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You could take the BART (Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line) from SFO to Millbrae and catch the Caltrain from there to San Jose. Here's a BART system map: And a Caltrain system map: The next cheapest option might be a SuperShuttle.


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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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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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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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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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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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Good to know when driving in the US is that some states require you to have an international driver's permit, and some don't (at least when the driver's license is not issued in English). Consider checking the rules for all states that you want to drive through. Whether they will try to upsell depends on the employee and time of day, so it is hard to ...


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In general the airport staff does not automatically assist with disabled travelers. It almost always needs to be arranged through the airline on which you are traveling. It is advisable to contact the airline in advance to request wheel chair assistance, for all airports on the travelers itinerary. They will note this in your booking record and should ...


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You will NOT go through customs in San Francisco. All Canada->US flights go through US immigration/customs in Canada before you depart. On arrival in the US you are basically treated as a domestic passenger - no need to go through customs/immigration, no need to re-clear security (presuming your flights are not in different terminals that are not connected ...


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As a US citizen I wouldn't book a 2 hour connection in SFO, period. It has nothing to do with the formalities (although the last time I was through there it was nearly an hour in the immigration line--for some reason they had only half the booths open) but rather the weather. Some years ago a ~90 minute connection went bad due to weather, we did just ...


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Another option, intermediate between BART and taxi, are shared-ride shuttles. These are companies that operate large vans. You board the van at the airport along with several other random travelers who are going to the same general vicinity as you. The van driver chooses an efficient route to drop everyone off at their destination in sequence. You get ...


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Unlike Vancouver, you do NOT pre-clear US customs in Kelowna - you'll be doing it on arrival in SFO. So naturally this will take more time. However, if your flights are all on the same ticket (booking reference etc), the airline must feel it's a valid connection, and you should be fine - if you're not, they'll have to rebook you. However, if you don't ...



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