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  • Sorry
    Jun 6, 2013
    Sorry, I got the terminals mixed up. I am arriving form PDX at SFO terminal 3 and leaving from terminal 1 to Paris. It looks like you can walk there without going through security. Is 45 minutes enough?


    Your flight to Paris will depart from the International terminal G gates. You can walk from terminal 3 to the International terminal on the secure side.


  • 45 min connection time enough?
    May 29, 2013
    I am flying from PDX to SFO terminal 1 and connecting to Paris at terminal 3. Both flights are United. Is 45 minutes enough time? Do you have to go through security?


  • Terminal 1 to BART
    May 23, 2013
    I am flying in on US Airways into Terminal 1. How long will it take to get to the BART Station?


    The AirTrain connects the Terminals and to the Bart system. Terminal 2 has a pedestrian bridge to the AirTrain, connecting to BART system; International Terminal's AirTrain station is near Boarding Area G, and Terminal 1's AirTrain station is near boarding area B. Can't tell you how long it takes.


  • 50 min de connecting time
    May 4, 2013
    Will l have to run for it or it can be done at a regular pace.


    As YQB does not seem to have US customs clearance, you would need, on arrival at SFO, have to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & then re-check in your bags. This alone can take anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes. Where you arrive & depart will depend on the airline(s) you take. I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text, including transfers.


  • My connection time is only 50 minutes
    May 3, 2013
    I am about to book flights from LIH to Québec via SFO and Toronto. I will be flying United domestically, then onward on United ( operate by Air Canada) for my international flights. My connection time is only 50 minutes; it looks like I will arrive in Terminal 3 and depart from Terminal A. From what I am reading, it sounds like this connection time might be doable, but I know situations in airports often change. Can someone tell me if this is a feasible connection? Thanks.


    Yes, it should be possible to make that connection.


    Will l have to run for it or it can be done at a regular pace.


    May 22, 2013
    Is 1 1/2 hour layover enough time to connect for flight to Japan?


    What airlines and airport?


    Was 1.5 hours enough time? I am considering the same. Reply will be appreciated.


    By the way flight UA 820 from Mexico City through SFO and then to connect to UA 885 to Osaka. ..1.5 hours to connect. Can I do it? End of July in mid-week. ..


  • Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at SFO
    Apr 24, 2013
    Can you walk from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at SFO once you are at the gates and beyond security checkpoint?


    You need to take the red-line of the AirTrain and go through security check at T2. (open


    The connection is not on the secure side.


  • Question
    Apr 18, 2013
    I am arriving at SFO Terminal 1 Frontier. My daughter is arriving 95 minutes later at Terminal 3 US Airways. Can I meet her at her gate and if not where would be a good place to meet?


    No, T1 and T3 aren't connected beyond security and since you won't have a valid boarding pass departing SFO, your best bet will be to meet her in the T3 baggage claim.


  • MEX via UA 头SFO connecting China Easter
    Apr 17, 2013
    I will fly from MEX to SFO via UA, and then connect to SHanghai via China Eastern. I know that I need to claim my baggage and go to a Connecting Baggage Desk. Just want to know if I can drop my baggage in this desk for connecting China Eastern Airline, or I need to go to another China Eastern airline check in counter, which I don't know where.


    China Eastern hasn't started service to SFO yet, so it's not entirely clear what they'll have there, but if the re-check desk at SFO won't take your bags, then you will just have to take them up to the departures level of the same terminal you're already in (the International Terminal) and find the China Eastern counter.


    Apr 9, 2013


    Should not take you more than 10 mins. (Note: There is also easy transfer via a pedestrian bridge leading to the AirTrain, with connection to the BART transit system.)


  • how long does it take to go from 3 to 1
    Apr 6, 2013
    Hi i will be traveling with my Grandson arriving at terminal 3 and need to go to terminal 1 with in 35 min. is it quicker to walk?


  • Terminal 1 to 3, how long is it?
    Apr 1, 2013
    Is it a bus? Can i make a flight that departs in 10 minutes?


    A 10 minutes transfer is only doable if it is within the same gate area. I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • 2 hr 23 min enough time?
    Mar 31, 2013
    I arrive from Copenhapen on SAS at 2:45 pm -and am trying to make a 5;08 pm flight on United Express to Reno - do I have euf time and do I I'll have to recheck my bag and go back through security?


    You will re-check your bag after you go through immigration then you need to go back through security - You have to do this any time you enter the US from abroad. You have enough time.


  • international transfer to domestic
    Mar 19, 2013
    I will be ariving treminal 1 on Emirates airline at 1:05 PM from Australia. I need to get to the domestic terminal to meet a friend and catch van to Hotel. How long will it take me and how do I get to the domestic terminal.


    You will arrive at SFO's International Terminal (TI), where you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance, and thereafter, with bags in tow, take the Red-line of the AirTrain (an automated people mover) to one of the two currently operating Terminals 1 or 2. Estimated time Arrival to Domestic Terminal: 1 hr to 1hr 15 mins. For more airport information open I suggest you open then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.


  • Flight Connection
    Mar 9, 2013
    my mom is catching domestic flight at SFO. and her duration is 4 hr and 25 mints.I am wondering will it be enough for her to reclaim luggage and go through security again ? THabks


    4+ hours is plenty of time to make any transfer.


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