Travel Information

Airlines

San Francisco is served by two major airports: San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK), both less than 30 minutes away from downtown San Francisco and serviced by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in addition to taxis, buses, vans, and private car services.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Voted “Best Airport in the Americas,” SFO is located about 14 miles from downtown San Francisco. SFO offers non-stop service to more than 75 U.S. airports on 15 domestic airlines and more than 30 international points on 30 international carriers.

Getting to San Francisco from SFO:
- Reserve a Super Shuttle

- Taxi: estimated taxi fare is $45.00, 13.8 miles (15 minutes).

- BART Train: $8.65 each way; 30 minutes to/from downtown. The SFO BART Station is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO’s AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. Trains leave every 15 minutes.

- SamTrans Public Bus Service: starting at $2.25.

- Rental Cars: Eight of the leading vehicle rental companies have offices at San Francisco International Airport: Alamo , AvisBudgetDollar , Enterprise,HertzNational, and Thrifty.  Prices vary.  To access the Rental Car Center from the airport terminals, take the AirTrain Blue Line. AirTrain, SFO's fully automated people mover system, operates 24 hours every day and provides frequent service throughout SFO. AirTrain stations are located in all terminals, terminal parking garages, the Rental Car Center and SFO's BART station.

For more information on accessing the SFO Rental Car Center, click here.

- Prices vary for private car services and ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Located about 20 miles from San Francisco, OAK’s two passenger terminals provide service for eight domestic airlines and three international airlines.

Getting to San Francisco from OAK:
- Taxi: estimated taxi fare is $60.00, 20 miles (30 minutes).

- BART Train: estimated $10.20 each way; 45 minutes to/from downtown. The Oakland Airport BART station is located just across from the Terminal 1 baggage claim area and a short walk from Terminal 2. Trains leave every 6 minutes.

- AC Transit Public Bus Service: Local bus fare is $2.10 for adults 19 to 64, $1.05 for youth (ages 5-18) and $1.05 for seniors (ages 65+) and the disabled. AC Transit operates between OAK and San Francisco daily. AC’s Line 73 connects OAK with the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station every 15 minutes between 4:56 a.m. and 12:06 a.m.

- Rental Cars: Prices vary. OAK’s Rental Car Center is served by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Fox, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

- Prices vary for private car services and ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

Other Ways to Get Here
In addition to nearby airports, San Francisco is easily accessible via an extensive network of bridges, trains, light rail, buses, heliports, and even cruise ports. Driving to San Francisco is an option, but you certainly won’t need a car to get around once you’ve arrived—the fastest, easiest way to explore the streets of San Francisco is by foot, public transportation, or by ridesharing.

Ground Transportation 

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Airport Transportation

BART direct service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the fast, easy and low-cost ride to downtown. 

Take BART from SFO (Round Trip Approximately $18-20.00)
The BART station at SFO is located in the International Terminal. It's a short walk from United Airlines in Terminal 3 and a slightly longer walk from Terminal 1. You can also take the free AirTrain from all terminals directly to the BART station. Just follow the signs to AirTrain and board the Red Line train to the BART station and purchase your BART ticket. If you have prepurchased your ticket online take the Blueline train to the International Terminal - G stop, exit the AirTrain there, walk to the right and take the escalator down to the Information/BART Voucher Desk, next to the escalator. Exchange your ticket voucher for a BART ticket at the desk and proceed to the BART station to catch the train to your destination. Terminals 1, 2 & 3 are approximately a one to three-minute AirTrain ride to the BART station.

Take BART from SFO (Round Trip Approximately - $20.40)
Go to the new BART station across from Terminal 1 and board the train to the Coliseum station. When you arrive there, get a $20.40 RT San Francisco ticket. Then exit at the fare gate and walk down to the main train platform. Proceed to the right side of the platform and take any San Francisco bound train to the station closest to your hotel. The total trip downtown takes 30-40 minutes. The ticket has enough value for your ride back to OAK.

BART to Hotel Nikko: 
Powell St. Station Exit
Head northeast
Take the stairs
Turn right toward Cyril Magnin St.
Take the stairs
Turn left toward Cyril Magnin St  .
Turn right onto Cyril Magnin St.
Turn left onto Ellis St.
Turn right onto Mason St.
Destination will be on the right

Click here and check the BART QuickPlanner to get train times from your station to Powell St.

BART Hours of Operation                                                  
Monday through Friday 4:00 a.m. - Midnight
Saturday 6:00 a.m. - Midnight
Sunday 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Last train from SFO to San Francisco departs at 11:45pm daily.

Taxi Service
Taxis depart from SFO at designated taxi zones located at the roadway center islands, on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals. Uniformed taxi coordinators are stationed at the taxi zones from 7:00am to 1:00am to assist passengers with questions or concerns.

Ramp accessible taxis are available. Please contact the taxi coordinator to request a ramp accessible taxi, or phone *1191 from any airport courtesy phone.

Metered rates apply to all destinations and fares to downtown San Francisco will average between $40.00 and $60.00. Driving time from SFO airport to downtown San Francisco is approximately 25 minutes in non-rush hour traffic. Please note: rush hour traffic will increase both the cost of your taxi fare and the drive time.

There are many other forms of ground transportation offered from SFO to downtown San Francisco such as shared ride services, public transportation, and limo service to name a few. 

For more detailed information and prices on these and other ground transportation options from SFO to downtown San Francisco, click here.

MUNI
MUNI/San Francisco Municipal operates buses, trains, cable cars, and the F-line heritage streetcar. The MUNI buses remain above ground while MUNI metro runs on rails and sometimes go underground. Use the MUNI website to plan your trip, or download one of many smartphone apps that provide maps, routes, and times.

MUNI Visitor Passports and CityPASS may be useful if you plan to use MUNI to get around during the conference. They provide unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars, and cable cars. There are multiple locations throughout the city where you may purchase tickets and day passes.

If you want to widen your travel radius to the entire Bay area, the Clipper Card is an easy and fast way to use the various modes of transportation. Purchasing this pre-loaded card will give you access to all bay-area transportation such as Bart, Muni buses, and Muni Metro, but NOT Cable Car. When you board, hold the card over a scanner and listen for the beep. Cards can be bought at multiple locations and re-filled at Bart Stations.

Cable Cars
Cable Cars and street cars are San Francisco’s historical cars and run along cables that are affixed to the street. Cable Cars are located downtown and run on three lines; Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California St. The F-Line Street Car runs up and down Market St. all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. For these you may pay the conductor on board or purchase tickets at multiple locations.

Ride Sharing and Taxis
Uber and Lyft are both available in San Francisco. You must first download the app, register, and set-up a credit card payment system. Get more ride sharing tips here. As is customary in most U.S. cities, you may also hail a taxi directly or use a smart phone app. Taxis are typically under $20 for most trips around the city.

Local Information

Local Attractions
San Francisco’s scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine are just some of the many wonderful experiences that the “City by the Bay” has to offer.  

Attractions near the hotel include:
Cable Cars - 0.25 mile
Union Square - 0.5 mile
Fishermans Wharf - 3.0 mile
Moscone Center - 1.0 mile
Curran Theater - 0.25 mile
Golden Gate Bridge - 6.0 mile
Castro - 2.7 mile
Golden Gate Park - 5.0 mile
Haight - 3.0 mile
Ferry Building - 2.0 mile
Alcatraz - 2.0 mile
de Young Museum - 5.0 mile
Presidio - 5.5 mile
City Hall - 1.0 mile
SF GIants AT&T Ballpark - 1.5 mile
MOMA - 1.0 mile
SOMA - 1.2 mile
Harding Golf Course, TPC - 13.0 mile
Legion of Honor Museum - 5.0 mile
Painted Ladies / Alamo Square - 1.7 mile

Dining
Dubbed “The Best Food City in the Country,” San Francisco is home to one of the most innovative, diverse, and forward-thinking culinary scenes in the United States. Fresh, locally sourced food is served at many restaurants year-round, and San Francisco’s unique cultural diversity is reflected in the many ethnic cuisines available throughout the city. For restaurant information and recommendations, visit the San Francisco Travel Dining Guide at www.sftravel.com/explore/dining.

Shopping
In a city of abundant retail options, San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood is the most renowned. With its palm trees, cafes, and historic theaters, Union Square is also home to the venerable department store Gump’s, founded in 1962, and the elegant jeweler Shreve & Co., founded in 1852. Virtually every brand of fashion is on or near the 2.6 acre square, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and a cluster of upscale boutiques. From “made in San Francisco” souvenirs to trendy threads, San Francisco has something for everyone. For the latest retail deals and information, visit the San Francisco Travel Shopping guide at www.sftravel.com/explore/shopping.

Additional Fun Activities
San Francisco is an exciting destination for all. It is home to diverse neighborhoods, historic landmarks, glamorous restaurants and bars, and some of the best museums in the world.  For more information about how to make the most of the Golden City, please visit San Francisco Travel.

Weather
The days warm up slowly in San Francisco in April, but temperatures still remain cooler. San Francisco averages a daily maximum temperature for April that's between 61 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 19 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 48 and 51 °F (9 to 10 °C). Conference attendees are encouraged to bring a mid-weight jacket and to check the forecast for rain or unusual temperature drops/spikes prior to travel.

Time Zone
San Francisco is in the Pacific Standard Time Zone. Check here for the current date and time in San Francisco.

International Visitors
If you’re visiting San Francisco from outside the United States, you may need a visa to enter the country. For details, visit the US State Department’s visa information website.

Tipping Guidelines:
- Hotel doorman: $3 for hailing a cab
- Porters and bellhops: $1–$2 per bag
- Maids: $1–$2 per person, per day of your visit, or as much as $5 per day
- Wait staff and bartenders: 15–20% of total bill
- Taxi drivers: 15–20% of total fare

Special-Service Needs
San Francisco is committed to ensuring accessibility for everyone with special needs, and has equipped all forms of public transportation with a variety of features to make transportation easier for those with disabilities. The MUNI bus fleet includes electric trolley coaches, clean diesel coaches and hybrid low-floor vehicles. Downtown, the MUNI Metro runs underground and all stops are accessible. In the neighborhoods, trains run at street level and accessible stops are located at major destinations and transfer points. All streetcars are accessible. Many street-hail taxicabs accommodate wheelchairs. To request a wheelchair-accessible taxi for scheduled pick-up, call Yellow Cab (415-333-3333), Desoto Cab (415-970-1303), or Town Taxi (415-333-3333) for priority service. Passengers with disabilities are eligible for reduced fares on most mass-transit trips. For more information about San Francisco accessibility, call 415-701-2311 from outside the city or 311 within the city; or contact the Mayor’s Office on Disability (415-554-6789, sfgov.org/mod).

Social Media and Mobile Applications for Visitors

While you are in San Francisco, there are some mobile apps to enhance your visit. For more information on these mobile apps (ranging from bike sharing to fine dining searches) please visit Best San Francisco Travel Apps.