African Studies Association, ASA. San Francisco 2006 Conference. November 16-19. Local Arrangements Committee

Airport Tranportation and Visa Information

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Airport Transportation

San Francisco Airport (Official Site SFO)

Ground Transportation (shuttle door-to-door vans (approx. $15 to hotel, Super Shuttle, Airport Express, takes 30 minutes to one hour), taxis (approx. $37 to downtown), limousines, public transit (BART, etc.)

San Francisco Airport Brochures (in pdf)
Dining - 5 p. in pdf
Air Train (to BART and to rental cars) - 2 p. in pdf
Parking, etc.

Driving directions from the San Francisco and Oakland Airports to the Westin St. Francis are on the ASA web site under Additional Information.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
For those with little luggage. From San Francisco International Airport to the Powell Street BART stop (four blocks from the Westin St. Francis Hotel). In the airport, take the free Air Train to the BART station in the San Francisco Airport International Terminal. BART fare is One way $5.15; Round Trip $10.30

BART Quick Planner for directions from one point to another.

For BART fares, see Fare Calculator.

LUGGAGE on BART. "When bringing luggage on a BART train, please keep the aisles clear by storing your luggage under your seat or holding it on your lap. Some cars have space cleared by the doors to accommodate wheelchairs, bikes or strollers. If the space is not being used by a person with a disability, you may store your luggage there, but please keep it within your control at all times."

U.S. Transportation Security Administration has information on what can be carried on board U.S. planes.


Westin St. Francis Hotel - Airport Information (9 p. in PDF)

Below from the hotel web site. However their BART price information was out of date (but has been corrected by the Local Arrg Committee). Other price information may be out of date.

Taxis
are available at the Airport Cab Stand, or outside the Powell Street entrance. Approximate charge, oneway: $35-40 excluding gratuity, for up to four people. Allow 30-45 minutes total travel time

Rental Cars are available throughout San Francisco International, as well as around Union Square. There is a Hertz Rental Car Desk in the hotel's Main Building Lobby

MUNI underground public transportation at $1.50 per person and $ 0.50 for children and Seniors. Operating hours vary by line

Cable Car operating hours are 6am to 12 midnight. $5 per person

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
From Powell Street to San Francisco International Airport. One way $5.15; Round Trip $10.30
From Powell Street to Oakland Airport. One way $3.35. Round Trip $6.70. BART Quick Planner (to and from Airport by public rapid transit).

Shuttle Service - ** Starting October 1, 2005, the service on Geary Street will be scheduled for every half hour, and not every fifteen minutes. The schedule will rotate on the hour and the half hour for the current operation hours of 4am to 4pm. All other service to the hotel will be by reservation. Drivers will be asked to park the van and enter on the Geary Street side to announce the shuttle. Rate: $15.00 (to SFO)


Oakland International Airport

Ground Transportation (shuttle door-to-door vans, must make reservation, approx. $25, Super Shuttle, Airport Express, one hour or more); taxis, approx. $50 plus tip)

Terminal Shops / Restaurants

Driving directions from the San Francisco and Oakland Airports to the Westin St. Francis are on the ASA web site under Additional Information.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
From Oakland International Airport to the Powell Street BART station (four blocks from the Westin St. Francis Hotel). Just outside the airport, take the AirBART shuttle bus ($2.00 exact change) to the nearby BART station called Coliseum/Oakland Airport. From the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station, take either the train called SFO/Millbrae, or the one called SF/Daly City. Both go to the Powell Street station in San Francisco. $6.70 round trip. $3.35 one way.

For other BART destinations see BART Quick Planner and Fare Calculator.

LUGGAGE on BART. "When bringing luggage on a BART train, please keep the aisles clear by storing your luggage under your seat or holding it on your lap. Some cars have space cleared by the doors to accommodate wheelchairs, bikes or strollers. If the space is not being used by a person with a disability, you may store your luggage there, but please keep it within your control at all times."

U.S. Transportation Security Administration has information on what can be carried on board U.S. planes.

If you plan to go to the San Francisco Airport Sunday November 19

Sunday Nov. 19 at 1:00 pm is a 49er football game. Football people will be traveling on the same freeway (101) as people going to the San Francisco Airport. A very large International Auto Show will be in San Francisco at Moscone Center, Saturday Nov. 18 through Sunday Nov. 26. People attending this will be coming into San Francisco.


Visa Information for Overseas Scholars

The Middle East Studies Association has a page of visa and travel information for overseas visitors.


Skytrax (ranks airlines and airports)

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San Francisco Airport
Oakland Airport
San Jose Airport (39 miles or 63 kilometers from San Franciso)


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