The huge variety of airport transportation Bay Area residents and visitors has access to makes it important to choose the right one. The basic differentiation is based on the choice of airports, which includes OAK, SFO and SJC. Let’s look at the transport options available at each one.
The first one on the list has to be SFO, which is San Francisco International Airport. As a start, the internal transport is called the AirTrain. It connects the terminals, the parking garages, BART rapid rail station, and the Rental Car Center. It’s very convenient for passengers that the BART terminal is located at SFO itself, in parking garage G.
There are also three SamTrans (San Mateo Transit) routes that provide service from the Peninsula and San Francisco to SFO. This is, of course, apart from the flood of airporter buses, shared and door-to-door vans, hotel shuttles, charters and limos that can pick up or drop off passengers. Taxis await passengers in the designated zones in the roadway center islands on the arrivals/baggage claim level at each terminal.
The second choice among airports here is SJC (Mineta San Jose Int’l). In terms of public transport, the easiest way is to get on the VTA Route 10 Airport Flyer bus. This Valley Transport bus provides passengers with free rides to and from SJC. It goes around in a loop that includes the Metro rail station, Santa Clara Cal train Station and the two SJC terminals.
The other options are just as good, including the free inter-terminal shuttles which run in a loop once every 10-15 minutes ferrying passengers between Terminals A and B and the parking lots. Taxis can be found at both terminals, not to mention the same shuttles, charters, vans and limos that passengers can find at SFO Airport Car Service.
OAK (Oakland Int’l) is the third choice among the airports, where public transport means first having to board the AC Transit bus or Air Bart. The Air Bart picks up passengers at a stop in-between the two terminals. It will then drop off passengers at the Coliseum BART station, from where passengers can continue to their destination.
If it’s too much trouble to get off a plane, board a bus and then hop off it to take a train, then there are plenty more private transport choices. Free shuttles whisk passengers every 10 min from the terminals to the Rental Car center. Plus, there are the usual shuttles, vans, limos and buses. Regardless of the choice, the fact is that all these options for Airport Transportation Bay Area residents and visitors have are collectively far better than what most other cities can provide.