San Francisco International Airport is situated south of downtown San Francisco. It is one of the busiest airports in California, second only to Los Angeles International Airport, and it is one of the most bustling airports in the United States. San Francisco International consists of four terminals, handling domestic and international flights. Passengers may travel between terminals via the AirTrain light rail service provided by the airport, which runs 24 hours a day, linking terminals, car parks, the BART station and the car hire centre.
There are plenty of things to do at the airport if travellers have time to spare before their flights. Those interested in aviation can visit the Aviation Museum and Library to learn about aircraft and what goes on behind-the-scene at the airport. There are also books and exhibitions on display. The Aviation Museum and Library is located at the International Terminal's Main Hall.
Alternatively, visit the Flight Deck, which consists of touch-screen kiosks where travellers can learn about the airport's history, facilities, and other information. There are also exhibitions located throughout the different terminals, where artwork and other cultural pieces are on display. Yoga fanatics may visit the Yoga Room, where a space has been set up for visitors to practice yoga, relax and meditate. Travellers are free to use the Yoga Room at no charge.
Parents travelling with children may visit the Kids' Spot, where there are interactive games and activities. Children may learn about the weather from the exhibit by the Exploratorium of San Francisco, or view other interesting and informative displays. Families may also engage in self-guided tours around the airport. When the little ones get hungry, parents can bring them to any of the restaurants and cafes that offer kids’ menus. Additionally, there are also family lanes at the security checkpoints, and nurseries at the airport for short-term child care.
There are plenty of shopping options at the airport. Travellers may find luxury brand names such as Gucci and Hermes, as well as a wide range of shops selling items such as fashion apparel and accessories, confectionery and snacks, books and magazines, jewellery and watches, perfume, and cosmetics. Additionally, there are numerous food chains at the airport, ranging from burger grills to restaurants serving Mexican or Asian cuisine. There are also bars and coffee joints for travellers to sit and relax with a drink while waiting for their flight.
IMPORTANT! Information is correct as of 12 August 2014 and is subject to change. Please always check San Francisco International Airport website for the latest update of the following information.