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  • ENOUGH TIME?
    May 22, 2013
    3
    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
    2
    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 http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/as_airportmaps.htm)

     

    The connection is not on the secure side.

     

  • Question
    Apr 18, 2013
    1
    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
    1
    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.

     

  • TERMINAL 2
    Apr 9, 2013
    1
    HOW LONG IS TERMINAL 2 TO THE STREET FOR TAXI'S

     

    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
    0
    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
    1
    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 www.ifly.com/sfo then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

  • 2 hr 23 min enough time?
    Mar 31, 2013
    1
    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
    1
    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 www.ifly.com/sfo then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

  • Flight Connection
    Mar 9, 2013
    1
    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.

     

  • International Terminal to Terminal 3
    Mar 27, 2013
    3
    United Airlines from YVR to SFO International terminal and the connecting to United Airlines at Terminal 3 within one hour! is it possible with all the news about long security checks?

     

    Many flights from YVR arrive in Terminal 3 (since you will preclear US immigration in YVR), if that's the case you won't have to change terminals or go back through security.

     

    You are right..... I will be on United Express, which would be arriving at Terminal 3 and not at SFO International Terminal as I thought, eventhough it is an international flight from Canada. Thanks very much for your prompt reply!

     

    flight from YVR to SFO allows 39 minute connection time - will we make it?

     

  • international to domestic connections
    Feb 25, 2013
    1
    sin-sfo arrv 12:45pm SQ....connect on Frontier dep 2:35pm..Is there enough time to make it to immigr/customs and hv time to check in to frontier.

     

    You arrive at the International Terminal (IT or TI) where you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag: Onward passengers will exit Arrivals Hall through dedicated doors indicating 'Connecting Flights', where they will re-check in bags at the baggage desk directly outside of the exit. However, if you need to take your bags along to check them in with Frontier, you may have a problem time-wise. Your connecting flight with Frontier is in Terminal 1, which has Boarding Area B (gates 20-39). The Blue-line of the AirTrain (automated people mover) serves all terminals, making a continuous loop and taking only minutes between stops. On arrival at T1 you need to go though security check before proceeding to your gate.

     

  • SFO International Terminal - Terminal 3
    Feb 9, 2013
    1
    How in earth transfering in one hour 25 minutes from SFO International Terminal arrival to SFO Terminal 3 domestic connecting flight..? Luckily, only handbag with... Apparently new "Amazing Race" episode in real life...

     

    25 minutes is not enough, particularly if you are an international arrival. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/sfo then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text. Pay attention to Getting around, Security Check lines & terminal details.

     

  • Domestic to International Transfer
    Jan 21, 2013
    1
    I am about to book flights from IAD onto to Melbourne, Australia via SFO and Auckland, New Zealand. I will be flying United domestically, then onward on Air New Zealand for my international flights. My connection time is only 91 minutes; it looks like I will arrive in Terminal 3 and depart from Terminal G. 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? I usually connect through LAX when I fly to AU/NZ, but right now flying through SFO is cheaper at the moment. Thanks.

     

    You will arrive via United at SF at Terminal 3 and depart via Air New Zealand at the International terminal. Your bags will be automatically transferred as both airlines belong to the Star Alliance. Domestic passengers transferring from T3 to the International Terminal may transfer via a connector walkway (located post-secuirty near gate 75) to the International Terminal's Boarding Area G arriving at post-security near gate G92. Also, I suggest you open www.ifly.com/sfo then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

  • Terminal 1 Gate 20 - Terminal 2 Gate 57
    Jan 10, 2013
    1
    I have less than an hour to get from Terminal 1 Gate 20 to Terminal 2 Gate 57. Do I have to go out and back through security or can I transfer between terminals inside of security? Will I have enough time to make it between gates and make my flight. I am flying in on an American Airlines ticket that is run by Alaska and flying out on American Airlines. Thanks for your help.

     

    On arrival at SFO, Terminal 1, you need to take the Red-line of the AirTrain (an automated people mover), which serves all terminals & the garage on a continuous loop and takes only minutes between terminals. Signs will guide you. At Terminal 2, which has Boarding Area D (gates 50-59) you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. Your checked bags will be automatically transferred. You have enough time.

     





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