Both airports have poor access. Do not take BART unless you are taking just a backpack. Your best bet outside of the Princess transfer is the door-to-door shuttles
which can take you from the airport directly to the cruise terminal.
Excuse me, a slight error, it will only take you from the airport directly to the cruise terminal if you are the first drop-off. The shuttle is a large van that gathers 4-8 passengers and drops them off at their desired destination if the van serves that area.
Check www.flysfo.com for info.
The problem with Okland is that you have to cross the bay bridge. It can be snarled with traffic jams, especially if an accident occured. At least there are alternatives if hwy 101 is stopped up from SFO. Distance wise, pretty close to the same. Both have to use high density roads. One factor is sometimes cheaper to fly to Oakland. Southwest Airlines do not fly to SFO. I would go SFO if all other things equal.
We live 30 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Oakland is a much easier airport to get in and out of. However, your choice of airports would depend on the time of day you will be arriving or leaving. Our traffic situation in the Bay Area is a nightmare to say the least. Just give yourself ample time and let someone else do the driving. Oh and pick the best airfare.
We were going to fly in from Palm Springs and just take a cab to the airport. But it sounds as if we should take the Princess connection. Is the traffic that bad? Our plane arrives at 8 or 9 in the morning on the day of departure. We are arriving in the San Francisco airport. Any advice? Thank you very much.
Franknca: I have a group going on that same cruise, Oct 22, '04 (I am a travel agent group leader with Red Hill Travel in Marin County) and we are chartering a bus to get to the pier..
I always suggest you get the Princess transfer from the airport to pier 35. I don't know what it costs (1-800-PRINCESS) but it is worth it to let them have your luggage at SFO or OAK then board their bus for the 1/2 hour ride to Fisherman's Wharf and the pier. After the cruise, they will get you to the airport in time for your flight. Let them do what they do best. If you try some other way, for instance BART, it does not get you near the pier and you will still have to take a cab, which will cost almost as much as the Princess transfer to go those few blocks. Let you trip be a happy one and I will see you on board with my group of 33 people. Ernie C235