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Short term parking:
ParkSFO
Pros:
  • Fast and regular shuttles
  • Register for emails to receive monthly coupons
  • Coupons for 1 free with 3+ days, 2 free with 5+ days, 3 free with 7+ days, and 4 free with 9+ days parked in a single stay.
  • Coupons are blacked out during Thanksgiving, Xmas, and other peak periods
  • www.parksfo.com/coupons/
  • June 2013 Coupon
Cons:
  • Often full or forced to valet at higher rate
  • Somewhat expensive now
  • No reservations


QuikPark
Pros:
  • Online reservations
  • Relatively cheap
Cons:
  • must prebook online for best rate and bring printout to give to attendant
  • Slow shuttles
  • Even with a reservation, sometimes fill up and hard to find a spot
    (note: if you book on-line and the lot is full, they will find you a space-you will be stopped at the gate but all you have to do is show them your pre-paid receipt)

Burlingame Airport Parking (ParkBAP)
Pros:
  • Consistently one of the cheapest, especially for weekly rates.
  • Generally do not have to prebook to get the best rate.
Cons:
  • 3 shuttles an hour only, and a bit slower than average due to distance. Try to arrive at or before :00, :20, or :40 to allow a few minutes wait.
  • September 2013: For pickups late, I feel the turnaround times are more consistent with 2x per hour for the shuttle. No posted change, however.


Anza
Pros:
  • With Burlingame Airport Parking, the only parking South of airport (Other than BART)
  • Shuttle frequency is good
  • Valet is free (no extra charge) when they are near capacity
  • Frequent parker program: Each 30 paid days yields a 5-consecutive-day park for free. Check in on facebook and receive credit for 1/2 paid day as well. (Note: This program has changed. It is now tied into the Fivestars card rather than a paper punch card.)
Cons:
  • When partially full, they require you use their free valet service, and this requirement varies from hour to hour. Be sure to have nothing valuable in your car!
  • Need a printed coupon from their website to get the best rate

BART
Pros:
  • Free over the weekend (except the cost of using BART to the airport) and holidays if you're only there for the free days (paid if you're there on weekdays and then stay over a weekend)
  • Online reservations for weekday parking
  • BART schedule is known well in advance
  • Pretty much guaranteed a parking spot
Cons:
  • Hard to use if you're trying to park or pick up when BART is closed for the night
  • Possibility of getting a ticket if you overstay your reservation
  • Can wait up to 20 minutes for BART in off-peak hours, or have to go to San Bruno and back to Millbrae during peak hours (or take a taxi for about $12)

SFO Long Term Parking and Lot D
** The shuttle buses look exactly the same! One says 'Lot D', the other says 'Long Term Parking'

SFO Long Term Parking
Pros:
  • Regular shuttles (not the fastest, not the slowest)
  • Sometimes if the normal area and lot d fill up, you'll get a voucher to use the short-term parking at long-term rates
  • Covered Parking in the garage - it gets full at peak times

Cons:
  • Expensive

SFO Long Term Parking Lot D
Pros:
  • Sometimes if the Long Term Parking area and Lot D fill up, you'll get a voucher to use the short-term parking at long-term rates
Cons:
  • Expensive

    Tips for Long Term Parking and Lot D
    • Park near Stop 5 in Long Term Parking and you are the first off the bus and out of the parking lot!
    • Although the signs will indicate that a floor is full, I am often able to find a spot on these floors.

    Month or longer parking:
    Someone who's done this please add experiences - I (rob_flies_ua) would just pay for a shuttle or car service at this point. unavaca recommends taking Uber in this case.

    AirportParkingReservations.com coupon:
    $5 off: FBFRIENDS415
    EXPIRES 12/31/16 @ 11:59 PM PST Coupon Valid Online Only
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Old Apr 21, 19, 8:21 pm
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Interesting.

“We have more spaces now, and we want to increase the use of the garage,” SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.

Not the type of thinking we usually see in a city that discourages vehicle use and constantly eliminates parking in favor of mass transit.
Indeed, IIRC the increase to $25 was spun as an effort to (negatively) incentivize people to use public transportation in the first place.
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Old Apr 21, 19, 8:36 pm
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Interesting.

Indeed, IIRC the increase to $25 was spun as an effort to (negatively) incentivize people to use public transportation in the first place.
They still have to pay the bonds off. Come drive to SFO again!

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Old Apr 29, 19, 9:01 pm
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Have returned from a nine day trip. The ParkSFO cost using a stay nine days get four free no sales tax included coupon was 17.95 x ((9 - 4) + 9 x .15) = $113.98; self-park rate, but got valet because of packed lot for spring break. In comparison, Park n Fly valet using Costco vouchers would have been 10 x 9 = $90. I am preserving the few vouchers I still have for another trip.
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Old May 8, 19, 11:23 pm
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Yes, the current offers at ParkSFO are: https://www.parksfo.com/coupons/

1 day free coupon — For parking 3 or more days https://www.parksfo.com/coupons/1day/

2 day free coupon — For parking 5 or more days https://www.parksfo.com/coupons/2days/

3 day free coupon — For parking 7 or more days https://www.parksfo.com/coupons/3days/

4 day free coupon — For parking 9 or more days https://www.parksfo.com/coupons/4day/
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Old May 9, 19, 10:03 am
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For really long trips you may want to consider renting a car locally and dropping it at the airport. And then Uber/Lyft back.
Cost comparison for an upcoming 2+ week trip:
  • Various limo services: $135-275 (one way)
  • Park SFO off-Airport Parking: $200+ (even with coupons)
  • Way.com (@ES Burlingame): $179
  • Uber/Lyft (SUV): $92+ each way, plus tips
  • One Way car rental: $55 all-in (excluding tolls/gas)

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Old May 9, 19, 10:13 am
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Anyone have any experience with way.com?
I've booked June 10-21 at the Embassy Suites lot for 8.95/day. Prepaid online. They ask that you check in with your confirmation email before parking.
For convenience, I'm staying at the hotel after my return flight on June 20. If I'd booked self parking for that night, it would have cost 29.95 (!) for the night.
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Old May 11, 19, 2:46 am
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just booked and parked there today for two nights... total came out to 19.9+8.33 (tax and fees) for 28.33... the shuttle from the hotel was quick... generally no complaints.
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Old May 15, 19, 6:54 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
For really long trips you may want to consider renting a car locally and dropping it at the airport. And then Uber/Lyft back.
Cost comparison for an upcoming 2+ week trip:
  • Various limo services: $135-275 (one way)
  • Park SFO off-Airport Parking: $200+ (even with coupons)
  • Way.com (@ES Burlingame): $179
  • Uber/Lyft (SUV): $92+ each way, plus tips
  • One Way car rental: $55 all-in (excluding tolls/gas)
I've never even considered driving to the airport for really long trips. (I've taken a number of overseas trips that lasted as long as two, three, or even four months.) Back when SuperShuttle used to give good service, I used them to get to/from SFO. In fact, I didn't really start driving and parking until I had a couple of bad experiences with SuperShuttle, and decided I felt more comfortable driving myself, even though the cost for parking even just a few days was more than using SuperShuttle. I've also occasionally used public transit for getting to/from SFO. (But that doesn't work as well if your flight is either really early in the morning or late at night, since BART doesn't run 24/7, and besides, public transit gets creepier in the wee hours of the night/morning.)
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From SF you have many more reasonable 3rd party options for airport transport. From the suburbs (and particularly East Bay) the cost is almost prohibitive and thus more interest in parking. Public transit is a nonstarter unless you have hours to kill.
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Old May 16, 19, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
From SF you have many more reasonable 3rd party options for airport transport. From the suburbs (and particularly East Bay) the cost is almost prohibitive and thus more interest in parking. Public transit is a nonstarter unless you have hours to kill.
You do mean "the it gets very hot in summer" part of the East Bay, right

I used to take the Bayporter Express for longer trips, but haven't used it for some time. $38 + tips + possible stops made it no longer worthwhile. For longer trips, we'll typically find a hotel with an acceptable parking rate, as to avoid a vehicle being left on the street for too long or during street cleaning. I've used the Park'n'Fly Costco coupons from time to time, but my days of driving to/from SFO and OAK and using a parking lot have become quite infrequent. The unintended consequences of this are that I can now enjoy an unlimited amount of Pre-Departure beverages on Alaska Airlines.

I now know the real reason why home values in my neighborhood have skyrocketed - generally reasonable UBER and LYFT fares to the airports.
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