If you are visiting downtown San Francisco for the first time for a business conference and have just discovered that the airport is located many miles away, then you will be pleased to hear that there are many different low-cost ways you can get from the airport to your hotel, including:
Ride the B.A.R.T Train
The San Francisco Bay Area has a light-rail commuter train known locally as B.A.R.T. The acronym B.A.R.T. is short for Bay Area Rapid Transit. Trains from SFO run all day and through the night into downtown San Francisco, as well as to many other places in the Bay Area you may want to visit on your trip.
Ride a City Bus
If there is not a B.A.R.T. train running near enough to your hotel's location, then you can also catch a San Francisco city bus at the airport. The city bus system is well utilized in San Francisco by commuters and residents, so buses are available 24-hours a day.
Ride Your Hotel's Airport Shuttle
If you are staying at a hotel in downtown San Francisco, then the hotel very likely may have a free or low-cost shuttle service to the airport. To utilize the hotel's shuttle service, you will need to make arrangements with them before you leave home. When you arrive at the airport there will be an area near baggage claim where the shuttle drivers will stand and one will have a sign with either your name or the hotel's so you can easily find the right shuttle.
Hire a Private Car Service
If none of the options above will work for you or if your timeframe is really tight between when your flight lands and your conference starts, then you should consider hiring a private car service. If you opt for a sedan and avoid the larger limousines, you can have an easy and comfortable ride to your hotel for a lower cost.
When you hire a car to take you from the airport to your hotel, the driver will meet you with a sign just as the hotel shuttle drivers do. The driver will help you collect your luggage and get all of your belongings safely loaded into their vehicle.
Finally, one of the biggest advantages of hiring a car is that you can rest or work in a comfortable and private place for a little while before you arrive downtown for your conference.