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San Francisco Airport Shuttle Reviews

Checking out the airport shuttles at SFO airport

Once you arrive at San Francisco Airport, you've got to get to your hotel in a way that is convenient and doesn't break the bank. A great value from the airport are a variety of shared vans which bring you right to downtown San Francisco and a variety of suburbs in the East Bay and South Bay (and beyond). A typical airport van costs around $17 and will make multiple stops before it drops you off, usually about 3 other stops. Typically, a 15%-20% tip or gratuity is expected from the driver for reasonably good service. Airport van pickups are on the 2nd level of the airport, above baggage claim-- check out our map on this page to see exactly where to find them at SFO airport. Watch out for some of the more "entrepreneurial" drivers who may try to encourage you to take their van. Our list provides detailed reviews and pricing so that you can make the right choice for the best service and cost.

Depending if you want to cut your cost and spend less, or have a larger group -- there are two other alternatives you should consider. For a group of four or more people, the cost of a shared van ride is almost exactly equal to the cost of a towncar or limousine. Towncars provide better service, with no stops before you reach your destination. If you are on a very tight budget, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) offers subway trains that go from the airport to downtown San Francisco. You'll need to carry your bag a bit, but the cost for BART trains is typically about half of the cost of a shared van.

Airport Shuttle Vans:

You can find every shared ride service at San Francisco Airport (SFO) in our detailed pricing guide below. In general, the prices don't differ greatly between services. There are many van services that specialize in outlying areas such as the East Bay (Walnut Creek) and the South Bay (Palo Alto and San Jose) that you can find in the list below.

Palo Alto SFO Airport Shuttles City of San Francisco Shuttles
East Bay Airport Shuttles

San Jose Airport Shuttles (SJC)

SFO Airport Shuttle Phone Contact Prices and Services

Super Shuttle SFO Airport

SuperShuttle 800-BLUE VAN

SuperShuttle is the largest franchise for shared door-to-door service - SFO airport to San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. OAK / SJC pre-reserved only. $17 for 1st riderto San Francisco destinations -- $10 each additional rider.

Some complaints received regarding poor service at Oakland airport.

BayPorter Express 415-467-1800 / BayPorter Express serves most Bay Area airports with private rides for $70 (up to 7 riders for SFO-SF). Oakland area cities priced ~$95 from SFO.

Lorries Airport Shuttle

Lorrie's Airport Shuttle (since 1977) 415-334-9000

Lorrie's Airport Shuttle is the low price leader: San Francisco hotels and residences to San Francisco (SFO) airport for $15 per person.

Marin Airporter

Marin Airporter 415-461-4222 /

The Marin Airporter offers buses from Marin County to SFO every 30-60 minutes. $22 per rider. Central pickups in Marin - not door-to-door.
Davis Airporter - UC Davis / Davis, CA Specialists 530-756-6715 / The Davis Airporter specializes in shuttles from University of California (UC) Davis to San Francisco ($85 first / $25 2nd) and Sacramento ($20 first / $10 2nd) airports. Poor phone service.

SuperShuttle feedback: Editor's note: If you have more than two people (like 3-4), it almost always is more efficient and cost effective to use a taxi. Service is also often more limited in the late night hours versus during the day. "...I took Super Shuttle from SFO to East Bay. There were two other people who were in the van who had made reservations. Despite having three of us, the driver was told by his manager to "wait for more people to show up." We waited 30 min to snag two more customers (who had no reservations--Super Shuttle did not know if anyone was going to show up or not, and we were just waiting indefinitely going around the terminals). Needless to say, with 5 people, the ride took much longer with the drop-offs. I got on the van around 12:15 (midnight) and arrived at Berkeley after 2 am. They charged $41 and I'm told you can get more decent shuttles for less or a taxi for $55. Given how long it took, I would prefer a taxi next time. I sent in a complaint asking for a refund and the only thing they addressed was that if I want a faster ride, I should book a private shuttle (which they claim to have). I would book something else..."

American Airporter SFO

American Airporter Shuttle 415-202-0733 Price: $17 first person / $10 2nd or more person

Bay Shuttle 415-564-3400 $17 first person / $17 2nd or more person. Poor phone service - not recommended.

Avoid: Multiple complaints found from poor phone customer service; closed on Sundays; and missed / mixed-up destination issues.

Butler Limousine 866-789-0340 Private car service to OAK, SFO, SJC.
Black Tie Airport Express 800-820-3028 Private cars only. $157 for up to 4 riders.
Door-to-Door Airport Express 415-775-5121 $18 per person to SF residence. Phone service is poor quality.
East Bay Connection - Contra Costa County specialist 925-609-1920 Specializes in Contra Costa County (all cities east of Caldecott tunnel) to SFO $46 first person and $15 each additional rider
Evans Airport Service - Napa / Vallejo specialist 707-255-1559 $29 per person - parking for $4 per day. Children 12 and under are $20. Scheduled service every 2-3 hours. Serves both SFO and OAK airports.
San Francisco City Shuttle 415-822-2648 To San Francisco residences for $17. Guarantees no more than three stops on the way to the airport.
Nationwide Limousine Service 800-339-8936 / 415-399-1333 Private limousine / towncar service for $80 plus tip (up to 3 riders at this price).
Pacific Airport Shuttle 415-681-6318 Small, independent service for $17. Medicore phone service.
Sonoma Airporter 707-938-4246 Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and Oakmont to SFO airport with door-to-door service for $29.
Sonoma County Airport Express 800-327-2024 Sonoma county to SFO and OAK. Scheduled bus service every ~90 minutes. $32 per person. Parking available at Petaluma fairgrounds fpr $3/day or $15/week.
South and East Bay Shuttle (see complaints below) 408-225-4444 Serves limited area within East Bay and South Bay: Hayward, Fremont, Union City. Example fare: $103 to Walnut Creek
South and East Bay Shuttle Reviews: "...I made a reservation with South and East Bay Airport Shuttle for an early morning pickup from Stanford University to SFO at 3:45am -- a time when traffic is non-existent. After the van did not arrive by 4:15am (30 minutes after the commitment), we called to inquire if it was coming. The office told us the van is "around the corner and will be there anytime soon". We waited until 4:30am and again called the office. Again, the office promised that the van is "around the corner and will be there anytime". I could not wait anymore to risk missing my flight and called for a taxi. When the cab arrived at around 4:40am, the shuttle still had not arrived. The delays caused us to almost miss our flight to Japan for a honeymoon, plus $90 additional for the cab ride. ..."

SFO Airporter Shuttle

 
VIP Airport Shuttle 408-885-1800 South Bay Only - $49 to Downtown San Jose -- $8 each additional rider.

Advanced Airporter

San Francisco Airport - Advanced Shuttle

Detailed Boarding Directions:

San Francisco International Airport Boarding Instructions: When you have your baggage and are ready to head to your van at San Francisco International Airport, go to the Courtyards listed below:

Terminal #1 (South Terminal: US Air, Continental, Alaska, Northwest, Delta)
Go to Courtyard #1 (same area as Charter Buses Boarding). From Baggage Level (Level 1) go out from the baggage claim doors and turn LEFT, follow the curb toward the beginning of the building until you reach a small parking area with the sign indicating "Courtyard #1".

Terminal #3 (North Terminal: American, United Airlines)
Head over to Courtyard #4 (same area as Charter Buses Boarding). From Baggage Level (Level 1), go out from the baggage claim doors and turn RIGHT, follow the curb toward to the end of the building until you reach a small parking area with the sign indicating "Courtyard #4".

Terminal #4 (International Terminal: All International Airlines)
Walk to Courtyard #G (same area as Charter Buses Boarding). From Custom or Baggage Level (Level 2), go out from the Custom doors and turn RIGHT, take escalator or elevator down to Level 1, look for a sign indicating "Bus Courtyard #G".

Oakland Airport Transfers - You can transfer easily between SFO and Oakland Airport transportation with a variety of efficient services depending on your budget.

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