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Arriving before my gf. Can i stay inside the secure area?

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Arriving before my gf. Can i stay inside the secure area?

Hi as the subject says, due to a variety of reasons i will be arriving approximately 18hrs before my girfriend does and i want to know if i can collect my luggage and make my way to the departure hall of SFO to explore and sleep while waiting for her as i do not want to make my way into the city first and let her make her own way there the next day. If i can't sleep in departure please do suggest on what i can do? also i don't want to book a hotel nearby as it will be out of my budget. We're just young adults on a budget! hahaha

Edited: 25 March 2014, 16:30
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1. Re: Arriving before my gf. Can i stay inside the secure area?

Once you leave security you will not be able to reenter. And baggage claim is outside security.

Where are you staying in SF? Hanging around the airport for 18 hours doesn't make much sense.

Book your SF hotel for the day YOU arrive. Go there, check in and sleep. You can take BART back to the airport the next day to meet her. But you will have to wait for her outside security.

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there is nothing to 'explore' in this airport. take BART into town and then stay at a hostel. this is the cheapest and best thing for you. and like WD, wrote, go back via BART and get your girl! you can do a search for hostels here.

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SFO is not a very entertaining or comfortable airport. Virtually all shops, restaurants, seating areas, etc. are within the secure area of the airport, and baggage is outside. You could let your luggage go round and round the carousel for 18 hours and stay within the secure area (which will still be incredibly boring), but I don't know if you're comfortable with that. And are you coming from an international destination? If so, you'll have to go through customs, and will be forced out of the secure area in any case.

Either take BART into the city and stay at a hostel, or stay at one of the inexpensive hotels near the airport that offer free shuttle service.

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Your hotel will probably hold your bags if you want to hang around the City killing 18 hours. Maybe go to a movie and sleep.

On the outside chance this helps, i.e, exactly which 18 hours might these be, a hotel day rate might work. Check here.

https://bookadayroom.com/Hotel_Day_Room-2444--Hyatt+Regency+San+Francisco+Airport-Burlingame-CA-SFO.aspx

With tax, it would be a little more than $100 for an 8:00 am to 6:00 pm local time rental.

Just hanging at the airport, with luggage, especially if it's been a long flight, that's got to be miserable.

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As a mom, I worry about you sleeping at the airport...it is just not a good idea. If this were Gold Rush days, you would be "rolled" (robbed), or Shanghaied (knocked out and put aboard a ship to work). Get yourself an extra hostel night and check out the City so you look like an expert when your girlfriend arrives.

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