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Old 10-29-2008, 10:40 PM
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Being quite new to bay area, I'd like to know if parking at SFO airport is quite a hassle like it is in the SF area. I have a friend to pick up at noon tomorrow and I was wondering what's the best option : Will I find a parking spot if I drive up or should I book a parking ticket online?
I'm looking for short term parking so will I need quarters or credit cards work fine?
I hope the short term parking lot is close enough to the arrivals lounge.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:59 AM
Location: SF Bay Area
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SFO has a large short-term parking garage. You should not have any problems finding a spot there; the top floor of the garage is almost always half-empty. You can pay using credit card or cash when you leave the garage. I believe that it costs around $5/hour in short-term parking.

If your friend is coming in on United or American, go to Concourse C, otherwise go to Concourse A for all other domestic flights. Just take the garage elevator to the bottom floor, walk about the walkway, and take the escalator up. You should arrive in the baggage claim area.
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:30 AM
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Thank you so much!!
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:03 AM
Location: San Jose, CA
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Just for future reference, you can also book airport parking for $6 a day at BART stations, then take a train to the airport. I recommend parking at San Bruno because I had my windshield smashed in (vandalism) while parked at the Millbrae station in the evening. There's better police presence in SB since the city's station is right next door to the parking garage.

BART - Parking
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Old 11-08-2008, 04:56 PM
Location: Bay Area, CA
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For future reference: There's also a free "cell phone waiting area" one (two?) exit north of the airport - which is great if you arrive early, or if your friend's plane is delayed. The parking is really expensive otherwise, and not worth getting unless you HAVE to help them through the airport. If you're just picking up at the curb, try to time yourself to be late, and/or use the cell phone waiting lot... warning, it's a lot farther than they have you believe, and easy to get lost if you don't pay CLOSE attention to the signs.

You cannot wait more than a few seconds at the curb, although I sometimes get away with playing the "I'm re-arranging my trunk while she's on her way from the baggage claim" for like 5 minutes tops. At least they're not as Nazi-like as the San Jose airport folks, one of whom I got into a shouting match with last time I picked up my sister - who was literally walking towards me as the parking lady was trying to move me along. I was like SHE'S RIGHT THERE, YOU B---!! LOL.
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