Cheap Short/ Long Term Parking at SFO Airport: Top 3 spots

by Paul Joseph  |  Updated April 20, 2021

While San Francisco International Airport has plenty of its own parking facilities, there are also several off-site parking options nearby that tend to be significantly cheaper.

A full moon above SFO Airport (Photo: Jay Huang via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Situated around 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, SFO Airport offers flights to locations across America as well as being a major gateway to Europe and Asia. It currently costs $18 per day to park at SFO, and long term parkers will have to pay $126 per week. However, by booking away from the airport, you can save between 40% and 60% on parking rates at SFO. We’ve picked out 3 of the best off-airport parking options, all of which offer a shuttle service to and from the airport for maximum convenience. We recommend booking these lots via, where you’ll always find the cheapest available parking deals.

San Mateo Hotel

Located 1.5 miles from the main terminals, the parking lot at San Mateo Hotel is our favourite choice for those seeking short or long term parking near San Francisco Airport. Open 24/7, they offer outdoor self parking for rates starting at $9.95 per day, along with a free shuttle service taking you to and from the airport. Other services and amenities include contactless parking, 24-hour security and camera surveillance. You can also cancel your parking reservation any time before check-in and still get a full refund.

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Burlingame Airport Parking

Just a couple of minutes’ drive away, this is the closest parking facility to the airport on our list of cheap parking options near SFO. It offers outdoor self parking for $7.95 per day and is open all hours, daily. A complimentary shuttle to and from the airport runs around every 20 minutes between 4am and 12am, and you can also book ahead for after-hours pick-ups. Customer ratings are excellent, with particular mention for the facility’s helpful staff. If you cancel before your check-in time you’ll be entitled to a 100% refund.

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Villa Montes Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

Our final recommendation is the parking lot at Villa Montes Ascend Hotel, which is 2.5 miles away from the airport. Here you’ll pay $4.50 a day for outdoor self parking, with 24-hour access to the facility. There’s a free airport shuttle, along with free WiFi, a 24-hour lot attendant and camera security for maximum peace of mind. You can cancel your reservation any time before your check-in time for a full refund, no questions asked.

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