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Sacramento is the capital of California and is located in the north central part of the state, about 80 miles northeast of San Francisco.  Those traveling to Sacramento have several options to choose from.


 

AIR TRAVEL

Those traveling by air have several options.  Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is the closest airport located approximately 12 miles north of the city of Sacramento.  In the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland International Airport (OAK) is located approximately 90 miles southwest of Sacramento, and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is about 100 miles southwest as well.

 

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) – (12 mi.) – 20 minutes

Airlines serving Sacramento International Airport can be found at the following website:
http://www.sacairports.org/int/airlines/index.html

Ground Transportation from Sacramento International Airport
http://www.sacairports.org/int/parking/ground_transporation.html

Shuttle Services:

SuperShuttle is the exclusive provider of on-call van service at Sacramento International Airport.  Pickup areas for passengers are located in the ground transportation area adjacent to baggage claim in Terminal A and at the center island curb in front of Terminal B. For Information call (800) 258-3826.

Taxi Service:

Taxi service is provided by the Sacramento Independent Taxi Owners Association (SITOA) by contract. Taxis are located in the ground transportation area adjacent to the baggage claim area at Terminal A and across from the airport hotel at Terminal B. The rates are:
New Rates Effective June 26, 2009:

  • $3 flag drop, $2.50 for each additional mile
  • Rate to wait is $25 per hour
  • Round-trip between Sacramento International Airport and downtown Sacramento is $50.00
  • Seniors and military personnel are eligible for a 20% discount

Contact information:

  • Reservations/Information : (916) 444-0008
  • Customer Service: (916) 284-6878

Rental Cars:

Rental car companies are located at the central Rental Car Terminal.  Take the Rental Car Terminal Shuttle for convenient access to all on-airport rental car agencies.  For the location of the Rental Car Terminal and a list of rental car agencies visit the rental car information page.

Maps Information and Directions:
http://www.sacairports.org/int/terminal/location.html


Oakland International Airport (OAK) - (90 mi.) – 2 hours in traffic

Airlines serving Oakland International Airport can be found at the following website: http://www.flyoakland.com/airline_information.shtml  

Ground Transportation from Oakland International Airport:
http://www.flyoakland.com/ground_transportation.shtml  

Amtrak:

The Amtrak Capitol Corridor route provides a connection from the Oakland – Coliseum /Airport station to Sacramento 6 times daily (Mon.- Fri.); 5 times daily (weekends/holidays).  Travelers should follow the signs to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station.  From Oakland International Airport the AirBART shuttle provides a connection to the Coliseum BART station (for a fee) which is across the street from the Amtrak Oakland – Coliseum /Airport station.  For Amtrak schedules and information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or your local travel agent.

Shuttle Services:

Shuttle service from Oakland International Airport is available – call for information and rates.

  • Fairfield Airporter
    (877) 424-7767
  • SuperShuttle
    (800) 258-3826

Taxi Service:

Taxis service at Oakland International Airport is available – call for information and rates.

  • Friendly Cab
    510-536-3000 or 800-244-0400
  • Veteran’s Cab
    510-533-1900

Rental Cars:

Rental car companies are located at the Rental Car Center.  Shuttle buses operate between the terminals and the Rental Car Center, every 10 minutes; however, it operates "on demand" between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.  The Rental Car Center is open 24 hours a day, however, travelers should check with their car rental agency's reservation center for hours of operation and make arrangements for special arrival and departure requests.  For the location of the Rental Car Center and a list of rental car agencies visit the Rental Car Center page.

Maps Information and Directions:
http://www.flyoakland.com/maps_directions.shtml


San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - (100 mi.) – 2.5 hours in traffic

Airlines serving San Francisco International Airport can be found at the following website: http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/airline/airlines/

Ground Transportation from San Francisco International Airport:
http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/tofrom/transp-serv/  
 
Amtrak:

The Amtrak Capitol Corridor route, which provides transportation to Sacramento, can be reached by riding the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) from the SFO BART station to the Richmond BART station.  The SFO BART station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side).  BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO's AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop.  There is no charge to board AirTrain. BART provides a connection to Amtrak at the Richmond station.  For Amtrak schedules and information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or your local travel agent.

Shuttle Services:

Door-to-door vans provide service between SFO and passenger-specified locations in shared ride vans. Depending on the number of passengers, door-to-door vans may make multiple stops.  From the airport: Van service is available on a walk-up basis.  However, passengers are advised to make reservations for service after 11:00 p.m.  Door-to-door vans pick up on the Departures/Ticketing Level from the roadway center island at all terminals.  For Door-to-door vans serving SFO visit:  http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/tofrom/transp-serv/dtd/

Taxi Service:

Taxis depart from the designated taxi zones located at the roadway center islands, on the Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level of all terminals.  Destinations either 15 miles beyond the limits of the City and County of San Francisco or 15 miles beyond the boundaries of San Francisco International Airport are charged at 150% of the metered rate. A $2.00 exit surcharge is included in all San Francisco taxicab meter fares for rides originating from San Francisco International Airport. By sharing a ride, up to 5 persons can ride for the price of 1 person.  Approximate cost from San Francisco International Airport to Sacramento is $347.00.

Rental Cars:

San Francisco International Airport’s Rental Car Center allows travelers to pick up and drop off rental cars at one convenient, central location.  To access the Rental Car Center from the airport terminals, take the AirTrain Blue Line.  The AirTrain, SFO’s fully automated people mover system, operates 24 hours every day and provides convenient and frequent service throughout SFO.  AirTrain stations are located in all terminals, terminal parking garages, the Rental Car Center and SFO’s BART station.  For the location of the Rental Car Center and a list of rental car agencies visit the Rental Car Center page.

Maps Information and Directions:
http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/atsfo/airport-maps/