If you are feeling guilty for not taking public transportation to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), don’t be so hard on yourself. The difference between public transportation (MUNI and BART) and the price of a shuttle is extremely small. The true cost is even smaller than that now that SFO is offering wifi for free.
The shuttle usually come about 2 – 2.5 hours before your flight. It runs 24 hours a day. If the shuttle gets you to the airport a bit early, just surf the web at SFO or text a friend. An even better idea would be to download some free videos for the trip. My previous article teaches you how to download free videos on Real Player and Youtube for viewing on the plane ride. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5790832/free_videos_in_flight_how_to_use_real.html?cat=2
Here is the exact cost comparison. If you take BART to the airport from home, it cost $8.10 (from downtown) plus the cost of MUNI, which is another $2.00. That is, $10.10 to get to the airport. No tip, but you must get off at the international terminal or Garage G. http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/atsfo/airtrain/map/ If you are going on a major airline domestically, you will have to take the airtrain to terminals 1 or 3.
In comparison, if you take the Super Shuttle, it costs $17.00. You can easily make a reservation on line for a $3.00 discount, making it $14.00. http://www.retailmenot.com/view/supershuttle.com (Try discount code, UYR59. I have been using it for a while now.) Even with a dollar or two for tip, that comes to $15-16.00, and the shuttle will not only pick you up at your door but drop you off in front of the terminal, no airtrain needed, a 20 minute savings.
So the difference is really very small, $5.00-6.00, at the most. The Super Shuttle will come to your door within a 15 minute window, door to door service. You can have as many pieces of luggage as you wish, and the driver will help you. You don’t have to ride the airtrain and you don’t have to wait for MUNI. Don’t forget your 50 miles with United Airlines. http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6867,53005,00.html?jumpLink=%2Fsupershuttle.
There is a number that you can call Super Airport Shuttle ( 650) 398-9090 and the receipt gets emailed to you for tax purposes. All and all, I would say that even though Super Shuttle is perceived to be more expensive, it really is not, especially if you put any reasonable prices on the value of your time..