Layover in San Francisco- Ideas!?

Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:30 PM
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Layover in San Francisco- Ideas!?

Just wondering if I have enough time to do ANYTHING in San Francisco, Fri. Jan. 6...I fly in around 230pm and leave for NZ at 7pm...I know you should be checking in for international flights @ least 2 hours basically that gives me like 2 hours to get to and from the airport to see some of this beautiful city! Any ideas??? First time there, not sure when/if I'll be back, cheers!!
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:39 PM
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Just guessing -- are you flying in from overseas? If so, you have no time to go pretty much anywhere. Passport control can be quite lengthy for non-US passport holders.

Just enjoy one of the restaurants/bars.
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Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Even if flying domestic, you arrive at 2:30 and have to be back at 5? It takes 30 minutes plus waiting time to get downtown via BART, so R/T, figure 1:20 at a minimum - in which case even if you landed on time, by the time you get off the plane and to the BART station, wait for the train and get to downtown, it will be about 3:40 when you get downtown, so you could go upstairs, turn around and go back downstairs and return to the airport. Bottom lime, no, you don't have time to do anything outside the airport.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 02:53 AM
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If you are all ready to check into your next flight - and are a bit adventerous - I would suggest you rent a cab for two hours and have him drive you into San Francisco, thru Chinatown, maybe up to Coit Tower, up to the Fairmont at the top of Russian Hill, to the Marina where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful bay - including Alcatraz, maybe around Fisherman's wharf - and then back to the airport. You could do all this in a couple of hours and get a whizbang idea of what one of the great cities of the world looks like - Bagdahd by the Bay - as the great columnist Herb Caen used to call it.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 02:56 AM
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BTW - this assumes your luggage is checked through and you have your boarding pass ahead of time for your flight to NZ. If you do that - I think an hour and a half before your international flight should be plenty, and that could give you about 3 hours to drive into the city (takes 20 minutes) and have a good look around. Suggest you negotiate with the cabbie as to his rate for showing you around for a couple of hours and tell him you really just want to casually drive around the sights.
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 03:19 AM
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You don't have time-stay at the airport
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 07:32 AM
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>>up to the Fairmont at the top of Russian Hill<<

Nob Hill

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Jan 3rd, 2012, 07:57 AM
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Nob Hill or Russian Hill, this is a nutty idea
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Friday afternoon traffic = no way I would risk this trip into the city, as wonderful as it is.
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ditto - it is a nutty idea.
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Friday afternoon traffic out of the City going south on 101=missing your plane. Tomsd, have you driven in rush hour traffic in the Bay Area recently?
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Jan 3rd, 2012, 02:08 PM
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You have a maximum of 4 1/2 hours - provided that your inbound flight arrives in time.

Unfortunately, as many of the others have said, you don't have the time.

The ONLY trip outside the airport that I might suggest is to take the Marriott Hotel shuttle to the Airport Marriott and go and sit in their downstairs lounge overlooking the bay. You may be able to spend an hour there before having to return via hotel shuttle back to the airport.

This is assuming that you have - as Tomsd has suggested - gotten your onward passage to New Zealand already taken care of before you leave the airport...luggage checked through, boarding pass in hand,etc.

Even then, I wouldn't personally leave SF airport. It's too risky.

SF Airport has one of the best airport dining choices. Why not just find a "clean, well-lit" corner, sip some latte or dunk your head in a bowl of Japanese noodles, read a book and RELAX?
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ESPECIALLY in the new international terminal!
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