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  • Lay over
    Nov 23, 2016
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    Hi, I am flying from Vancouver to Hong Kong with 2 hours lay over in SFO. Is that enough time for me to go outside to have a quick smoke and still be on time for my flight to Hong Kong? Thanks.

     

    Yes, that is enough time. I don't think it's enough time to have a smoke though.

     

  • 1 hour layover
    Nov 12, 2016
    1
    Hi, I am flying through SFO from Toronto to Melbourne, but the flight only gives a 1hr connection time. I will be pre-cleared for customs in Toronto, but I think I will still have to pick up my bags, change terminals and go through security again. Both flights are with United, but I think the Canadian leg is operated by Air Canada. Thanks!

     

    You do not have to do anything with your bags or go through security in SFO. You just walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate, which will both be in the G concourse of the International Terminal. You have enough time.

     

  • Arriving in SFO from YYZ travelling to HNL
    Nov 8, 2016
    1
    Is a one hour connection enough?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Do you have checked bags? You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Toronto.

     

  • Layover in SFO for flight to MNL
    Oct 18, 2016
    1
    Is 1 hour and 55 minutes enough layover to transfer from Domestic flight UA to PR flight to MNL? Baggage is not check through so need to check in also

     

    That will be very difficult, bordering on impossible.

     

  • layover in San Fran
    Oct 4, 2016
    2
    Hi! I am looking at a flight from Incheon Airport in South Korea to Kansas City with a 1hr 25min layover in SFO San Francisco. Will I have enough time to make the layover from the International Terminal to the domestic terminal to Kansas City? Thanks!

     

    Also sorry I am also an American citizen.

     

    That is barely enough time if everything goes perfectly.

     

  • connection time
    Oct 3, 2016
    0
    I am going to fly PVG-SFO-ATL. However United changed the time of the second flight. So I only have 2hr15min connection time. I am a Chinese citizen. Is it enough for me to go through the custom, take my baggage and get on the next flight?

     

  • 6 hours for fun between landing from London and departing Auckland?
    Sep 28, 2016
    2
    Is 6 hours enough to get off the plane, out the airport, see Golden Gate Bridge and have a quick lunch before heading back for another international flight? I have a British Passport with an ESTA, and am stopping over between London and Auckland. Thanks in advance for any advice. Also hoping to catch the US exclusive pokemon, Tauros, in this time.

     

    You'd get literally like 30-60 minutes in the city before having to head back to the airport.

     

    That's a shame. Will have to forgoe poor Tauros. Thanks for answering.

     

  • 9 hour lay over
    Sep 19, 2016
    1
    I have a 9 hour lay over, am I allowed to check my bags onto my next flight (to London) and leave the airport for a couple hours?

     

    What airlines are you flying? Where are you flying into SFO from?

     

  • International Arrival 10:10, catch domestic departure 12:55?
    Sep 15, 2016
    1
    Hi, my international flight arriving at SFO has been rescheduled to land at 10:10. I have a separately booked domestic departure at 12:55 from SFO to IAD. Will I still be able to make it for the domestic departure or had I better change to a later flight to IAD?

     

    You could still make it if things go smoothly when you arrive, especially if you don't have checked bags.

     

  • SIN-SFO-IAD Are 2 hrs enough for layover at SFO?
    Aug 17, 2016
    1
    Hi, I will be arriving at SFO from SIN on an SQ flight at 9:15 am, and will take a separately booked United flight to IAD from SFO. Will I be able to make a 11:15 am flight out of SFO? Or had I better book a 12:55pm?

     

    If you have checked bags I would book the 12:55

     

  • 40 layover
    Aug 3, 2016
    1
    is 40 mins layover enough? travelling from vancouver to sfo to honolul

     

    That is just enough time if everything goes smoothly and all tickets are on the same reservation. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in SFO is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. Obviously it leaves no time to spare if there's delays.

     

  • 2 hr layover at SFO sufficient?
    Aug 1, 2016
    2
    Hi, I'm flying in on ANA from Tokyo to San Fran (landing at 10.35am) and need to catch a connecting United flight to Las Vegas (departing 12.35pm). Tickets are booked under 1 reservation (think ANA has codesharing flights with United). Would I have sufficient time to make the connecting flight and would I need to claim my baggage at San Fran and recheck them into United? First time to the US and am not familiar with the airports... thanks!

     

    Yes, that should be enough time. Yes, you will arrive, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, go through security, and to your departure gate.

     

    Thanks ZAP!

     

  • Vancouver to Singapore - Layover concerns (United)
    Jul 30, 2016
    1
    Hello I am travelling from Vancouver to Singapore on 3rd August and I have a 2 hour 19 min layover in SFO prior to my SIN flight via United. Will this be sufficient for immigration, luggage pickup and boarding.

     

    You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Vancouver. All you have to do in San Francisco is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. There is no US Customs or Immigration when leaving the US. You have plenty of time.

     

  • 2 hours 15 min
    Jul 23, 2016
    1
    I am worry that I don't have enough time hru immigration and custom at SFO. I have only 2 hours 15 min. My flight CGK-NRT-SFO-MCO. any advice? Thank you

     

    That should be enough time if the flight from Tokyo arrives on-time.

     

  • Layover
    Jul 23, 2016
    3
    Hi I'm traveling to the Philippines from LAX to SFO via star alliance virgin America then Korean air. I have a 1 and 35 minutes layover. Do I have enough layover time? Thanks

     

    Virgin America is not in Star Alliance. Are your tickets on one reservation or two separate reservations?

     

    One reservation.

     

    Then you have just enough time. You will have to take the airtrain from Terminal 2 to the International Terminal and go through security.

     

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