Post # 1
My FI and I are planning our trip to the USA in January and we have a layover at SFO for approx 7 hours between flights. My FI was keen to head out to Fisherman’s Wharf and then head back to the airport.
What is the traffic generally like getting to / from SFO from Fisherman’s Wharf? How long should we allow to get back to the airport in time for our next flights?
If you don’t think that it will be possible to get out there and back in time for our flights, can you recommend anything else we can do to pass the time? I know it will be a fleeting visit but I just love being able to make the most of things when I can.
Thank you in advance!
Post # 2
cat89: Will you have luggage or can it be booked through?
Because I would suggest catching the train from the airport and walking around. Parking and driving can be a nightmare and the public transport in San Fran from a tourist perspective is really good.
Coit tower is a short bus ride up the hill from the pier area and the views of the city from up there are really good.
Post # 3
j_jaye: thanks, the train sounds like a good idea! the traffic was exactly what I was concerned about, it can be so unpredictable! We were hoping to find somewhere to store our luggage at the airport as we will need to check in for domestic from international.
Post # 4
cat89: Many airports did away with storage lockers after 911. Two ideas:
- check and see how early you can check in your bags for your international flight
- at SFO you can store luggage for a fee-check on page 11 or search storage facilities
Post # 5
cat89: It also depends on what day of the week and time of day. If you’re here on a Tuesday morning at 10AM, you can probably catch a taxi and get there in 30-40 mins. Not the cheapest, but you do save approx 30 mins travel time.
I work somewhat near Fisherman’s Wharf, and it took me an hour and 15 mins to get to work from the minute I stepped off the plane to my doorstep. (fifteen minutes was spent walking to my office from the station.)
You can probably get 3 hours of sightseeing time out of this.. 2 hours travel time and you’d probably want to get back to the airport since getting past security takes forever in the evenings.
Post # 6
julies1949: bphi163: thank you! ThoSe are both so helpful!
Post # 7
cat89: I also suggest checking your luggage into a locker, taking the BART to the city, and taking the bus up to Fisherman’s Wharf. It really isn’t all that bad. If I remember correctly, there should just be one bus that takes you there directly from the Embarcadero station. You will have plenty of time, I promise!
Post # 8
cat89: It can depend on who your air carrier is but if you check in online you should be able to bag drop straight away. We did this recently when we flew Boston – Niagara- DC. Because we checked in for Niagara to DC flight using the Boston airport free wifi we could check our bags as soon as we landed in Niagara. This allowed us to tour the falls area for 6hrs without bags.
But if you can’t do this Pier 39 in the Fishermans wharf area has a luggage storage facility.
Post # 9
damarajade: j_jaye: Perfect! Thank you all – I’m really excited now, this means another place in the world I get to check out on holiday! Glad to hear that it is possible with the timeframe.
What is the BART? Is this the train?
Post # 10
cat89: Yep the BART is the train system. It is really easy to use.
Hope you have a fun trip 🙂