SFO as viewed from the BART terminal

IATA Airport Code
Approximately 13 miles south of San Francisco,
near the junction of Highways 101 and 380.
24 hours/day (all time zones)
(650) 821-8211see the website for other numbers
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San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport (a.k.a., SFO) is one of the major airports that provides service to people from Davis. While SMF is closer to Davis than SFO, the latter offers many more direct flight destinations.

SFO employs millimeter wave "advanced imaging technology," purportedly for security screening of passengers. These machines, unlike the backscatter x-ray machines used elsewhere, do not use ionizing radiation (a known carcinogen).

Transportation to SFO from Davis

Suggestions about the best and cheapest ways to get there from here (or here to there):


  • Davis Airporter Takes you to and from anywhere in Davis directly to the airport. You may ride with other passengers.


Taxicabs are more price competitive if a larger group is booked and may be more convenient without the picking up or dropping off of other passengers. (SFO is more friendly to taxicabs than the pretentious Sacramento International Airport. There are no required radio tracking devices and charging for drop-offs or pick-ups.)


  • BART heavy rail goes directly to SFO. The easiest BART parking is at the El Cerrito station.
    • Avoid most traffic.
    • Meet entertaining people.
  • BART+Amtrak Capitol Corridor is another good idea. They share a station in Richmond, so transferring is a snap.
    • Avoid all traffic
    • No Tolls
    • Some Amtraks have wireless internet. All trains have electrical plugs for laptops.
    • Bathrooms
    • They sell alcohol.
    • NOTE: While the Capitol Corridor is VASTLY more on time than your usual Amtrak, sometimes other trains that share the track cause delays.
    • The Amtrak leg of the trip is slightly more expensive than perhaps it could be. Remember your AAA discount. Also there's a student advantage discount possible, too.

BerkBus Shuttle + Bart

Catch the BerkBus Shuttle to UC Berkeley. When you get to Berkeley, walk a block or so down/West on University Ave. Catch a left/South onto Shattuck Ave. Get on a BART train heading towards San Francisco. Unless you can catch a ride on a train straight to SFO, plan on waiting for a transfer at the Balboa Station in SF.


  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air France
  • Air New Zealand
  • AirTrans Always
  • Alaska
  • American
  • America West
  • ANA
  • Asiana
  • British Airways
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • EVA Airways
  • Frontier
  • Hawaiian
  • Horizon
  • Japan Airlines
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Mexicana
  • Midwest
  • Northwest
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Republic Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Skywest Airlines
  • TACA
  • United
  • United Express
  • US Airways
  • Virgin America
  • Virgin Atlantic


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2008-07-18 19:54:21   How long does it take to get to SFO from Davis using the shuttle, including transferring to BART? —IDoNotExist

2013-05-27 17:44:22   Another option is to drive to Walnut Creek Bart(45 mins - 1hr depending on traffic). Bart has a long term airport parking rate of $5/day. You pay online & display the permit in your car.

Take the yellow line Bart from Walnut Creek to SFO(inside the United Terminal), no transfers required. This trip is usually about an hour.

Walnut Creek is one of the safer & better stations on the BART line.