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    Nov 19, 2016
    I am on United from KOA (Hawaii) arriving at TERMINAL 3 at 5:28 am and need to connect to an Air Canada flight to Toronto leaving TERMINAL IN-INTL at 7:15 am. Is that enough time to connect and will I have to go through security at TERMINAL IN-INTL? Thanks.


    Yes, that should be enough time. Most Air Canada flights use Concourse G, which is connected to Terminal 3 inside security by a walkway.


    Thanks for your help. As it turns out, the "International Passengers" link at www.flysfo.com has the info about Terminal 3 to Concourse G connections but I was not sure of the Concourse used by Air Canada (and the page displays arrivals info - you have to notice and click the departures tab at the top of the page).


  • Transit time
    Nov 15, 2016
    I am flying from Dubai to SFO and arriving at 124pm local time, I have a connecting flight to San Diego at 15.20pm. Is there sufficient time to clear immigration ,customs and be in terminal 2 before my flight.


    That's barely enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • Terminal 2
    Nov 14, 2016
    How long will it take from international airport to terminal 2 by walking?


    15-20 minutes.


  • Do i have enough time?
    Nov 14, 2016
    i am arriving into SFO from Calgary on UA5576 and i have a connecting flight to Singapore via UA001. I will check thru my baggage. Will i have enough time given that the transit is only 1 hour 13 mins. how far of a walk and will i have enough time?


    Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Calgary. All you have to do in SFO is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. It should take less than 15 minutes.


  • Arrive United Terminal 3 needing to get to Southwest Terminal 1
    Dec 15, 2016
    I'm arriving at 5 am from Ogg to SFO via United. I have a connecting flight with Southwest at 6 10 am to Denver. I don't have to check bags or anything. How far amI from the terminal? Will I make it or are the terminals not designed to help me make my connecting flight through Southwest? I'll be traveling with 2 kids ages 6 and 7 so they will not walk as fast as me. Thanks in advance for your helpful knowledge!


    It will be very difficult - you will have to change terminals and go through security again, although the early morning arrival does help.


    you an't walk from the United terminal to the Southwest terminal without exiting and reentering security?


    Can't you walk from the United terminal to the Southwest terminal without exiting and reentering security?


    No, Southwest uses Terminal 1 which is not connected to any other terminals inside security.


    Going from g98 to e62 will my husband have to go through security? He has a very tight connection


  • One hour layover from YYZ on to MEL
    Nov 12, 2016
    Hi there! Flying from Toronto to Melbourne and United has flights with a one-hour layover at SFO. I will be pre-cleared for immigration in Toronto, but do I still need to pick up my bags and go through a security check? YYZ to SFO operated by Air Canada, SFO to MEL operated by United -- flights booked on the same ticket. 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.


    Thank you!!


  • Short layover DCA-SFO-HNL
    Nov 12, 2016
    My UA flight arrives in SFO from DCA @ 11:49AM. My UA connecting flight from SFO to HNL departs @ 1:15PM. Will I need to switch terminals and go thru TSA again? Will I make my flight?


    Yes, that is enough time. No, you will not have to go through security again. All you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Terminal 3.


    Thank you! About how long is the walk? So I won't leave Terminal 3? I heard the flights to/from Hawaii are out of international G.


    Some flights to Hawaii use I-G, but most use Terminal 3. It doesn't matter though as T3 and I-G are connected inside security by a walkway.


    Thanks very much! Appreciate your quick responses.


  • Flying out of SFO in the morning
    Nov 8, 2016
    Hello, I am traveling out of SFO to SEA and then to CDG on Monday and my flight out of SFO is at 8:15am. Please can anyone advice what time is best to go to the airport as this is my first time in SFO, thanks in advance. Will 6 am be too late or early?


    That sounds about right.


    Thank you


  • Short connection flight LAX-SFO-LHR
    Nov 7, 2016
    Hi, I'd be flying domestic from LAX to SFO apparently landing at 18:30pm, and my flight to LHR is at 20:05 which mean I have a 1hour 35mins connecting time. Is that enough time for me to catch my flight to LHR? The domestic is Delta and international is Virgin Atlantic.


    That is enough time if everything goes smoothly. You will have to change terminals and go through security.


    Thanks! Would I have to recheck my bags again that came from LAX or will it go straight on to my next flight?


    Oh and how long will it take me to the terminal, like how far apart will it be?


    No, you will not have to re-check your bags. You arrive in Terminal 5 and depart from Terminal 2. So it's about a 15 minute walk between them.


  • International to domestic connections - enough time?
    Feb 1, 2017
    Landing 12:45pm at international terminal - visa waiver & eligible for Automated Passport Control. Separately ticketed United domestic flight leaves at 4:10pm. Do I have plenty of time?


    Yes, that should be plenty of time.


    now arriving at 12:55 and leaving at 3:50, so half an hour less - still fine?


  • Is 2 hr layover enough?
    Nov 5, 2016
    Flights are UA, SYD-SFO-BNA. The flights I like have a two-hour layover, which seems sketchy to make it through immigration and customs, then make my connecting flight. I'm in GOES so the INS part may go quickly, although it sure didn't at ORD last time I made an overseas jaunt. Haven't been through the system at SFO. Is 2 hours enough in general, or only if everything goes perfectly?


    Yes, that should be enough time, definitely if you have Global Entry. SFO is fairly efficient.


  • Auckland to PDX with 1hr 30 min layover in SFO, is this enough time?
    Nov 5, 2016
    I am flying United, both flights are booked together, will 1hr, 30 min be enough time to pick up bags and get to next flight? I am US citizen. Cheers


    Yes, that is just enough time if everything goes smoothly.


  • SFO layover
    Nov 2, 2016
    We arrive from FRA to SFO International Terminal on United. Our layover is 1.55h. I have read form article that going trough US Customs to another United domestic flight (in our case to HNL) could also be done into international terminal and after that using the walkway between International and terminal 3. Is this true? Could it save time?


    Yes, that is possible. It won't save you much time though.


    Oct 30, 2016
    Tomorrow i'm travelling from Denver to Singapore via SFO. Layover is 1 hr 40min. Have to go from Terminal 2 to International terminal. Can i make it? Do i have a security check in SFO?


    What Airline are you flying from Denver to San Francisco? Do you have checked bags?


  • do i have enough time to catch my intl flight to hongkong from sfo?
    Nov 6, 2016
    i am flying from cincinnati to sfo to catch my next flight to hongkong.the frontier airways flight arrives at terminal 2 at 10:40 am and my next flight to hongkong departs at 12:45.do i have enough time to catch my flight and from which terminal will it depart.it is cathay pacific.and how to get there?


    Cathay Pacific uses concourse A of the International Terminal. An Airtrain connects the terminals outside security. You will have to claim your bags from Frontier, take them tot he International Terminal. and re-check them with Cathay. That will be a very difficult connection.


    difficult.what do you mean?are there chances that i miss my hongkong flight. please guide me.i have 2 hours.from 10:40 to12:45 and lots of work to do like claim my bags from frontier and then reach to the international terminal and then recheck bags with cathay . how can i do thall this work quickly that i dont miss my hongkong flight?


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