San Francisco Transamerica Pyramid with city colorful skyline


Getting to San Francisco

As a major metropolitan area there are many options for traveling to San Francisco for Fall Meeting. San Francisco is served by two major airports which offer multiple U.S. and international flights daily, a train station, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) public transportation system. Explore different travel options and directions for getting to the meeting.

Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 20 miles from downtown San Francisco and the Moscone Convention Center. OAK has service from 13 different airlines combined for 30 nonstop flights nationally and internationally.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest airport to San Francisco and the Moscone Convention Center. It is one of the 30 busiest airports in the country, with service from more than 45 airlines, national and international, and nonstop connections to more than 65 U.S. cities. 

If you’d rather travel to San Francisco on the ground, try taking the Amtrak train to Jack London Square in Oakland with a bus transfer to San Francisco.

Traveling by bus to and from San Francisco is easy with an array of options, including Megabus and Greyhound.

If you plan to drive to San Francisco with your own vehicle, the Moscone Center provides information on a number of nearby parking garages. Consider using Parking Panda, SpotHero, and ParkWhiz are parking reservation services to help you find a parking spot.

Aurora borealis over the lake in the evening

Visa and international travel information

We recommend that international participants apply for visas three months prior to the meeting. Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews. We encourage you to first contact the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview. If you require a letter of invitation before submitting an abstract, you must request one via email. After submitting an abstract, you can automatically generate a letter of invitation through the abstract submission system.

U.S. Government requirement for Visa Waiver Program

Effective 20 January 2011, citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. Government. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA will be denied boarding on any air carrier destined for the United States.