Kohei Nawa's Ether can be seen outside of the SFO Grand Hyatt
Kohei Nawa's Ether can be seen outside of the SFO Grand Hyatt

Best Area to Stay Near San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Convenient connections and affordable rates make staying near San Francisco International Airport a smart choice for Bay Area visitors.

If you want to stay near SFO, there are numerous options from luxury hotels to motels. Many even provide transportation to and from the airport! 

For a Quick Break Between Flights: Peninsula

While we always encourage visitors to explore San Francisco, sometimes you’ve got a long—but not too long—layover at SFO that makes exploring the city impossible. If you’re looking for a hotel near the San Francisco International Airport to refresh, take a nap, shower or go for a quick swim in a pool, there are plenty of nearby three- and four-star hotels with airport shuttle services.

Hotels along the peninsula include: Grand Hyatt at SFOAC Hotel by Marriott San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point WaterfrontHyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, and The Westin San Francisco Airport.


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If You’re on a Budget: Upper Peninsula

Even though there are popular and budget-friendly lodging options in San Francisco, you can also find great places to stay outside of the city for less. Look for a hotel just south of San Francisco, where you can find affordable and convenient lodging near the airport and close to BART.

Hotels along the upper peninsula include: Larkspur Landing South San Francisco and DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport North.


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For Public Transportation: Millbrae

If you are looking to stay outside of San Francisco but are planning a trip into the city, the best hotels are ones near public transportation. Millbrae is a great city, with convenient access to San Francisco by BART or Caltrain.

Millbrae hotels include: Aloft San Francisco AirportThe Dylan at SFO and The Westin San Francisco Airport.


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To Explore San Francisco and Nearby Cities: Mid-Peninsula

If a trip to the Bay Area includes seeing San Francisco’s iconic sights, as well as visiting Stanford University and Silicon Valley’s top tech headquarters, such as Google or Facebook, you might want to consider staying somewhere halfway along the Peninsula. This area is mostly suburban, with many walkable downtowns, but also convenient for those planning trips up and down the Bay Area.

Mid-peninsula hotels include: The Nest HotelSheraton Palo Alto HotelWestin Palo AltoCourtyard Palo Alto Los Altosel PRADO Hotel and Nobu Hotel Epiphany Palo Alto.


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You Can Also Book a Short-Term Rental Near SFO

You can book a short-term rental, ranging from single rooms to entire places, which can be booked on AirbnbVRBO or Booking.com.

Aaron Danzig
Aaron Danzig

Aaron is the Manager of Digital & Social Media Marketing at San Francisco Travel. He has lived in San Francisco for over 9 years and has worked in Travel & Tourism for over 7 of those. He is usually exploring the Bay Area hunting for that new and unique experience and good food too!