Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Parking and Waiting Options at Bay Area Airports

With another busy travel season upon on, finding a good spot to park the car at local airports might become a little more difficult. But whether you are trying to park and fly, or just waiting to pickup friends and family from an arriving flight, there are several options to consider before making the drive over to the airport.
San Francisco Airport:
-Cell phone waiting lot offers 60 minutes of free parking/waiting. Conveniently located five minutes from the terminals. 
-General parking, ParkFast parking and ParkValet parking offer fliers a variety of choices depending on individual needs. 

Oakland Airport:
-Offers a Park and Call lot with 30 minutes of free parking/waiting. 
-General parking and Valet parking is available as well. See Oakland parking map

San Jose Mineta Airport:
-Cell phone waiting area lot permits 30 minutes of waiting. 
-General parking, and corporate parking with guaranteed parking spot and express exit.
-Call 408-277-3145 for current parking availability at San Jose Airport.

Sacramento Airport:
-30 minutes of complimentary waiting in the hourly parking lots. 
-General parking and ParkSmart automated parking allows arriving passengers to quickly locate open parking spaces and shuttle buses to the terminal. 
-Detailed airport map here

Keep in mind that although Bay Area airports offer complimentary park and wait options, your vehicle must remain attended at all times. 

Finally, for up-to-the-minute information on departing and arriving flights, visit, where you can sign up to receive flight updates via text messaging at no charge.