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Southwest- Best Arpt. If Leaving Frisco  
User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Posted (8 years 5 months 8 hours ago) and read 2772 times:
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Simply stated, if one was staying in San Fran, which LUV airport would be better to leave from in terms of practicality? speed?

Oakland, which according to googlemaps, seems closer but across a bridge?

or

San Jose?


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

If I understand your question correctly it's if SWA had stayed at SFO and had to choose between OAK and SJC, which would it serve?

OAK.

There's the whole east Bay accessible from OAK, plus all the places that BART serves.

The folks in SJC would just need to drive a little further north to SFO...


User currently offlineEWRandMDW From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

If you're actually in San Francisco, I would recommend OAK. You can take BART and a connecting bus which I've found to be usually fairly decent and not overly expensive. If you're south of SF, use SJC. I've been to both and it does boil down to your "location", "location", "location".

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Misread his question; sorry...

User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

I'm not quite understanding the posters question. Which airport is better if you are flying Southwest?

Hands down OAK over SJC (of course depends where you live of course). But if you weren't flying WN, then of course SFO

Btw, please please do not call it Frisco. San Franciscans absolutely detest it being called Frisco, much less San Fran. It is ALWAYS San Francisco. Big grin

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User currently offlineMymorningsong From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

OAK.

Bart to Coliseum. Be sure to have two dollar bills handy for AirBart (10 minute ride to airport).


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Another vote for OAK and BART...

Quite possibly the only mass transportation system in California that actually works well. It really is painless to get from the Airport the the Colliseum BART station (via AirBart) to just about anywhere in San Francisco.

Lincoln

(Last time I was leaving San Fransisco via OAK, the "Your Driver Today" sign was "Akilla U."...try saying it aloud)



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User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2951 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Quoting WindowSeat (Reply 4):
Btw, please please do not call it Frisco. San Franciscans absolutely detest it being called Frisco, much less San Fran. It is ALWAYS San Francisco.

Agreed. Avoid the term "Frisco", or "San Fran." The residents here call it "San Francisco" or simply, "the City." You might come across a purist who will get fussy!  Smile

And yes, from the City, OAK is by far the best choice for Southwest. Givce yourself plenty of time as the lines at OAK can be looooonnnnnnggggg.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16908 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

Depending on where your staying Oakland is better, however San Jose is a nice little airport and the traffic if you hit it at the right time of day is not bad.


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User currently offlineSlovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

I'll call it Frisco thank you ver much. Much easier to say.
While OAK is closer to downtown Frisco, Oakland is has got to be one of the shittiest cities in the country and would avoid it and just go down to SJC...Plus you can pass SFO on the way and watch some beauties land and takeoff.

Slovacek747


User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Depends where you're headed off to as well. OAK is a bigger station and more non-stop choices if you're flying east I believe. If you're flying up and down the west coast, either airport will be fine, although OAK is way closer and you can get just about anywhere in the Bay Area from OAK via BART and the other mass trans.

User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8299 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 5 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

Seriously...if you're going to call it Frisco just don't bother coming at all.


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User currently offlinePilottim747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2444 times:

If you do fly end SJC the CalTrain (commuter rail) is a nice way to get from SJC to San Francisco.


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User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

Quoting Pilottim747 (Reply 12):
If you do fly end SJC the CalTrain (commuter rail) is a nice way to get from SJC to San Francisco.

After getting off at the Santa Clara/Airport Station ( I think thats what it is, been so long since Ive been on CalTrain), its a short trip on the VTA flyer bus. I even think its free.


User currently offlineAussieItaliano From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 442 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Quoting WindowSeat (Reply 4):
Btw, please please do not call it Frisco. San Franciscans absolutely detest it being called Frisco, much less San Fran. It is ALWAYS San Francisco.

First of all, what prompted you to get your panties in a tiff? Second of all, not everyone detests it being called Frisco or San Fran.

Quoting BigGSFO (Reply 7):
Agreed. Avoid the term "Frisco", or "San Fran." The residents here call it "San Francisco" or simply, "the City." You might come across a purist who will get fussy!

Yeah, there are a lot of purist fuss-pot, pain in the a$$es around here. I'll agree, but I don't let them tell me what to do.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 11):
Seriously...if you're going to call it Frisco just don't bother coming at all.

Are you kidding me? Who died and appointed you chief immigration officer at SFO?

I love SF, it's a great city, but this mentality that has been demonstrated here is one that has tarnished it. Not many friendly people in the city these days, rather, pig-headedness has taken over. It's time to get some hospitality back.

If people really want to be purists, then I suppose they have to take Spanish pronunciation classes since the way that locals pronounce the name of the city is incorrect.

Long live the city of Saint Francis!



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User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2396 times:

Another vote for OAK! I was just there 10 days ago at San Francisco. Took a side trip to Reno out of OAK. Catch BART to Coliseum, go down the escalator and go out the exit on the left. There is an Air BART coach right there, leaves every 10 min., just 2 bucks, make sure you have the correct change, you can use bills also. Makes a stop at Terminal 1 and 2, Southwest was the second terminal. OAK is veeerrrry busy this time of year, tons of a/c movement, mostly Southwest. When I came back on Fri afternoon, I noticed the security lines were huge, so give yourself plenty of time for that. I think the BART fare was $3.85 from Civic Station, you have to use the machines to buy your tickets, and you can specify amt of ticket you want. If in doubt, put in 3 bucks, then at the other end just buy an add-on to the correct fare (the magnetic strip on the ticket records where you leave from, so when you put it in the machine at the end before exiting it will tell you the add-on amount, and gives change up to $4.95. Took me awhile to figure out the system!
Have a great trip!
Carl (AY104)



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User currently offlineJfrworld From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 365 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2363 times:

Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
Second of all, not everyone detests it being called Frisco or San Fran.

Um, yes they do.


User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4864 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 hour ago) and read 2344 times:
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Quoting WindowSeat (Reply 4):
Btw, please please do not call it Frisco. San Franciscans absolutely detest it being called Frisco, much less San Fran. It is ALWAYS San Francisco.

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Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 14):
First of all, what prompted you to get your panties in a tiff? Second of all, not everyone detests it being called Frisco or San Fran.

Whoa there! Apparently you didn't catch his "big grin" smiley after that comment. And nowhere does he say everyone detests "Frisco". In general, San Franciscans don't like hearing it.



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User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2602 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months ago) and read 2316 times:

One can also buy a separate BART ticket at a value of $2.00 and use that to get on the AirBART bus. Might not be worthwhile, but sometimes people have leftover tickets with at least that amount on them.

In the past, i've actually used several tickets, which added together, give the required 2 bucks on get on the bus. Don't know if this is frowned upon these days or not though.

Unfortunately, the days of OAK being an uncongested airport are gone (landside anyway). My eyes are always glued to that new baggage claim area when I pass thru there these days. What a huge difference that will make when it (and the gates behind it) open.


User currently offlineNonfirm From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

Take Bart to oak it is the fastest way especially during traffic hours. airplane 

User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 14):
First of all, what prompted you to get your panties in a tiff?



Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 14):
Yeah, there are a lot of purist fuss-pot, pain in the a$$es around here. I'll agree, but I don't let them tell me what to do.

Aww... are we getting our panties in a tiff now?

Quoting AussieItaliano (Reply 14):
I love SF, it's a great city, but this mentality that has been demonstrated here is one that has tarnished it. Not many friendly people in the city these days, rather, pig-headedness has taken over. It's time to get some hospitality back.

...and this coming from someone who doesn't even live in the city. Now I could call your city names but I won't, because us San Franciscans are very hospitable. We love you too.  wink 

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 17):
Whoa there! Apparently you didn't catch his "big grin" smiley after that comment. And nowhere does he say everyone detests "Frisco". In general, San Franciscans don't like hearing it.

Thank you!



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User currently offlineN471WN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1610 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2120 times:
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Actually OAK is closer to downtown San Francisco than is SFO----that is why we love OAK so!!

User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Instead of calling it "The City by the Bay", can we all call it "A City By A Body of Water"???  duck 

Of OAK and SJC, I'd choose OAK...

Tom at MSY



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User currently offlineSfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1980 times:

One more time for OAK and also for no 'Frisco'. No one here likes that. If you want to shorten it up, just call it "the City" like everyone else in the Bay Area.

I agree with the above, if you can't respect the place you are coming to, just don't come at all.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8691 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

Seven3Seven could answer this question. Hes a f/o based out of OAK for WN. He should know.

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25 Post contains images Malaysia : Ill call it San Furanshiko then Anyway I vote for OAK, but last time I was in SFO, I flew in on DH, I sure will miss them.
26 Ikramerica : Yes, they do. They really, really do. I went to school there, and it was laughable how touchy people are about the name, and about saying ANYTHING ne
27 Post contains images ExFATboy : Unless you intend to rent a car and spend most of your time in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties, definitely OAK. Yes, this is true - the vast majorit
28 Stirling : Frisco is two things. 1. A town in Texas north of Dallas. 2. A railroad. signed, A San Francisco Native.
29 TripleP : And what was the "Frisco" a nickname for: The St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad. And while we're on what not to call cities, it's San Antonio not Sa
30 KALB : I'll be going to a conference in Burlingame next year and I intend to fly WN. Is OAK or SJC better?
31 BigGSFO : Actually SFO is the absolute closest to Burlingame. Where are you coming from? Is using the code-share on ATA viable? If not, Burlingame is halfway b
32 Post contains images Jacobin777 : ...We do tend to be a bit fussy about it............ and if you hit traffic.....prepare to bring a couple of meals....the 101 gets nasty at certain t
33 Pgtravel : As a native of Los Angeles, I always thought it was funny how much people "up north" hated the term Frisco. But then I moved up there and quickly lea
34 KALB : I would be flying from ALB which is served by WN to BWI and MDW, so if ATA has a MDW-SFO code share with WN I could go that way. If UA has a competiti
35 Pgtravel : ATA doesn't fly to SFO anymore. (They even moved Hawai'i flights to OAK.) So if you're bent on flying WN, it's either OAK or SJC for you. If you're d
36 SJCRRPAX : I am going to be a contrarian here, but maybe that is because I live near SJC. From Burlingame to OAK is 28.9 Miles, but its across the San Mateo Bri
37 Post contains images Silver1SWA : Whoa! What's going on here?!? Two Northern Californians are putting "the" in front of freeway names?!? I'm shocked!! That is a Southern California th
38 AS739X : From San Francisco, Oakland OAK) is your airport of choice. Easier to get to and closer then SJC. You start to forget how far SJC really is from downt
39 Post contains links and images Jacobin777 : lol..I've always been saying "the" for a while, and so do all the other people I know in the Bay Area.... .....its farther than most people think..es
40 N174UA : When I lived down there (I'm a native), my Dad was a private pilot who flew out of San Carlos, as part of a private United Airlines flying club. Anyw
41 Jacobin777 : lol..that's a nice one..!!
42 SJCRRPAX : It's without question a socal thing. Makes me wonder how long Jacobin777 has lived in Northern California. Notice I don't do that anymore even though
43 Post contains images Jacobin777 : 1)for years 2)I haven't noticed 3)I do with with all expressways...
44 Mariner : Yeh, but many people in that foggy city north of Los Angeles were fussy about the use of personal deodorant, too - such as "don't, you are invading m
45 Cschleic : I'm sure there are all sorts of names that could be applied to New York and New Yorkers that would make your skin crawl as much as the F word makes s
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