Airport, Rail & Public Transit
Winningly efficient and handsomely designed, San Francisco International Airport connects to 78 U.S. cities with nonstop flights on 15 carriers.
The world’s international markets are also well-served. Twenty-nine international airlines fly nonstop between the City of the Bay and 24 international markets, ranging from Beijing and Dubai to London, Sydney, Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver and Hong Kong.
SFO is located south of San Francisco, 13 miles from the downtown financial district, where most meetings and conventions are held. Business travelers can choose from among taxis, hotel shuttles, shared-ride vans, VIP limousines, rental car agencies, buses, commuter trains and light rail.
To move about the airport itself, hop onboard AirTrain, the free, 24-hour, automated tram that connects all four passenger terminals, SFO’s parking garages and Rental Car Center.
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
P.O. Box 8097 San Francisco, CA 94128 | Map It
- Oakland International Airport (OAK)
1 Airport Drive Oakland, CA 94621 | Map It
MUNI/San Francisco Municipal operates buses, trains, cable cars & the F-line heritage streetcar. The MUNI buses remain above ground while MUNI metro runs on rails and sometimes go underground. Bus stops come in many forms; small bus shelters, yellow paint on street poles, and white paint on streets. Metro stops can be found on an island in the middle of the street and stations. Using the Metro Map, find the nearest metro to your locations.
Tips: For all MUNI times and buses you can go online to http://www.511.org/ or you can call 511. In addition to this there are also many different smartphone apps that provide maps, routes, and times.
Cable Cars and street cars are San Francisco’s historical cars and run along cables that are affixed to the street. Cable Cars are located downtown and run on three lines; Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California St. The F-Line Street Car runs up and down Market St. all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf. For these you may pay the conductor on board or purchase tickets at multiple locations.
Uber and Lyft are car services operated by San Francisco locals. You must first download the app, register, and set-up a credit card payment system. With Lyft, you can request a private car service, or use the shared car service called “Lyft Line”. This is useful when travelling with another person because you get a shared discounted rate. Uber has a similar service called “Uber Pool” with rides running at a flat rate of $7. To use any of these services, set a pick-up location and end destination and within minutes, you will be matched with a driver. Make sure to communicate with your driver; call, text, or wave down their car. Get more ride sharing tips.
As is customary in most U.S. Cities, visitors may hail a taxi directly or use a smart phone app.
If you are staying for more than one day, Visitor Passports and CityPASS are useful because they provide unlimited rides on Muni, Muni Metro, historic streetcars, and cable cars. There are multiple locations throughout the city where you may purchase tickets and day passes.
Single Ride MUNI Bus/train $2.25
Single Ride Cable Car Ticket $7.00
1-Day Visitor Passport $17.00
3-Day Visitor Passport $26.00
7-Day Visitor Passport $35.00
Adult CityPASS $94.00
Children ages 5-11 CityPASS $69.00
If you are using public transit as your main mode of travel, as it should be (we have nightmares about driving and finding parking), then the Clipper Card is an easy and fast way to use the various modes of transportation. Purchasing this pre-loaded card will give you access to all bay-area transportation such as Bart, Muni buses, Muni Metro, but NOT Cable Car. When you board, hold the card over a scanner and listen for the beep. Cards can be bought at multiple locations and re-filled at Bart Stations.
Air and Rail Exclusive Discounts
American Airlines Discount
The Specialty Food Association has partnered with American Airlines to provide attendees a 10% discount off ANY published airfare on www.aa.com for the 2014 Winter Fancy Food Show from January 14 – January 25. If ordering online, visit www.aa.com and place the Promotion Code (2914AX) in the promotion box or call 1-800-433-1790 and refer to the Authorization # 2914AX.
NOTE: There is a service charge for tickets issued by phone). This discount is valid off any applicable published fares for American Airlines, American Eagle, and American Connection. International originating guests must contact a local reservation number and refer to the promotion code.
Visa Letter Requests
To obtain an Attendee visa letter from the Specialty Food Association please do the following:
- Register to attend the show at the badge registration page.
- During the registration process click the box that says I require a visa invitation letter and enter your passport information and date of birth.
- Once you finish registering then you will receive an email confirmation. Please click on the link in the confirmation that says: View or Change your Registration. You will then be able to print out your visa letter.