ARCHIVES 2008: Archival R/Evolution & Identities
3. GET TO – AND AROUND – SAN FRANCISCO
The official airline carrier selected to assist travelers to ARCHIVES 2008 is American Airlines. To receive the special 5% discount for travel, provide the reference number below and travel between August 21 and September 2, 2008.
Alternative schedules and lower fares may be found with other airline carriers, such as:
You may also contact SAA’s official travel agent for assistance in arranging your air travel:
San Francisco International Airport (SFO, http://www.flysfo.com) is located about 15 miles south of the Hilton San Francisco, and Oakland International Airport (OAK, http://www.flyoakland.com) is about 20 miles southeast of the hotel. The hotel does not offer an airport shuttle service but is readily accessible from either airport by limousine, charter service, taxi, airport shuttle, automobile, or the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train.
At SFO, traffic is distributed among three levels that all circulate through the terminal hub. Limos, chartered rides, taxis, or shuttles can be picked up at one level or another within this circuit, according to signage in the airport. SFO's interactive Airport Overview map (http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/as_airportmaps.htm) provides detailed location, service contact, and approximate pricing information for ground transportation. The most direct transportation from the airport to the hotel is by taxi, which takes about 30 minutes. Taxis allow up to four people in the car for $40 to $45. A variety of shuttle services also are available. Shuttle rates run from $16 to $18 per person. At OAK, traffic is routed in a loop past the terminals. Limos, taxis, or shuttles are all easily accessible according to airport signage. A taxi is the most direct means to the hotel, and the rates range from $55 to $65 for a 45-minute trip (http://www.oaklandairport.com/public_transportation.shtml).
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San Francisco has a robust network of transportation systems, including BART, Muni, Caltrain, and SamTrans. BART (http://www.bart.gov) is readily accessible from both SFO and OAK airports. The SFO BART station is walkable (just follow signs to the International terminal) from all terminals, or SFO provides a free Red Line AirTrain shuttle service. For $3, OAK provides transport to the BART Coliseum/ Oakland Airport station via the AirBART bus that runs approximately every 10 minutes. Please note that the bus will not make change. BART ticket machines accept change, any bill up to a $20, and credit cards in select machines at all stations. (Note that the ticket machine will not dispense more than $4.95 in change for any one transaction.) The hotel is a three- or four- block walk from the Powell Street BART station. The 40- to 60-minute BART ride from SFO costs approximately $5.35, and the 60-minute OAK fare costs approximately $3.85. For information on schedules, train lines, fares, and a BART Quick- Planner, visit http://www.bart.gov/guide/overview/overview.asp. All BART stations are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
There are two Amtrak train stations (http://www.amtrak.com) within a reasonable distance of the hotel: the Ferry Building at 101 The Embarcadero #118 in San Francisco (2 miles from the hotel) and the Oakland - Coliseum/Airport station across San Leandro Boulevard from the airport BART station in Oakland (16.5 miles from the hotel). From both stations, you can take a taxi or public transportation (transit.511.org). Please note: All Amtrak service to/ from San Francisco is by motor coach across the Oakland Bay Bridge. Because of this, in addition to the main stop at the Ferry Building, Amtrak motor coaches make a number of other stops around the metropolitan San Francisco area.
Greyhound (http://www.greyhound.com): The Greyhound station address is 425 Mission Transbay Station, Floor 3, San Francisco (1.2 miles from Hilton). From there, you can take a taxi, ride public transportation (transit.511.org), or walk. Another option is a combination trip with Megabus (http://www.megabus.com). Megabus rides start at $1, and the new West Coast system is now available for use.
There are many ways to get to San Francisco if you drive. The Hilton provides detailed driving instructions at http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SFOFHHH-Hilton-San-Francisco-California/directions.do. Self-park at the Hilton San Francisco is currently $51.34 per day; valet parking is $55.90 per day. For additional parking options, see http://local.yahoo.com/CA/San+Francisco/Travel+Lodging/Parking+Services. We suggest you take a cab or use mass transit (for local attendees, Caltrain: http://www.caltrain.com) to avoid the hassle and expense of driving and parking.
Getting Around San Francisco
In the middle of San Francisco's restaurant, theater, and shopping districts, the Hilton San Francisco's location makes it easy to take a cable car ride, stroll through Golden Gate Park, or visit Chinatown. Most attractions are accessible via mass transit. For a comprehensive trip planner, visit http://transit.511.org/providers/basics.aspx. Dial 511 on your cell once you are in San Francisco to have an operator help you get around. Speech-impaired callers can similarly use 711 or the back-up, touch-tone system offered by 511 (http://511.org/global_items/global_info.asp#511coverage).