Disclosure: I have TSA PreCheck, a Clipper Card, and travel with carry-on bags. If you do not have TSA PreCheck, your security screening will take longer. If you do not have a Clipper Card, you will need to buy a one-way BART ticket prior to riding BART. If you need to check your bags, you will need to drop off your bags before going through security. With that said, here is how to get to the SFO Centurion Lounge like a pro.
Good morning everyone, happy Friday. I fly out of SFO often and try to swing by the SFO Centurion Lounge as often as I can – even if it is just for a few minutes to grab a bite to eat before heading to my gate. I will show you how to get from San Francisco to the SFO Centurion Lounge like a pro. Since I work in San Francisco, I usually take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to SFO. I jump on the yellow line headed to SFO and I can get there in under 40 minutes (make sure you are on the train that says SFO / San Francisco Airport).
The SFO Centurion Lounge is located in Terminal 3 (the United Airlines terminal), near gate 74. Terminal 3 and the International Terminal G Gates (G91-G102) are connected by an airside walkway. Since Terminal 3 is always busy, I prefer going through the International Terminal G Gates TSA security (they have TSA PreCheck and CLEAR) and then walking to the Centurion Lounge in Terminal 3.
After BART arrives at SFO, walk through the BART ticket gates to the International Terminal. Then go through security at the International Terminal G Gates (left side of the terminal). At security, show them your boarding pass and tell them that you are going to the lounge. If you do not tell them you are going to the lounge, they will most likely tell you your flight is departing from another terminal and not let you through security. If you have TSA PreCheck, you should be through security in under 5 minutes.
After you pass through security, turn right and walk toward the new United Polaris Lounge. When you get to the United Polaris Lounge, turn left and go down the escalators to the airside walkway. Walk for 3-4 minutes until you get to Terminal 3. You should then see the SFO Centurion Lounge. Go inside the lounge and enjoy a nice meal and beverage before your flight.
If your flight is leaving from terminal 1, 2, or International Gates A1-A12, you will need to leave security and walk to the terminal. You will then need to go through security again to get to your gate. When I fly from SFO, I usually fly Southwest Airlines, located at Terminal 1. From the SFO Centurion Lounge, it is about a 15-20 minute walk to get to Terminal 1. If you are flying from Terminal 2 (American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta and others), you need to leave security and walk 10-12 minutes from the SFO Centurion Lounge. If you are flying United from Terminal 3, you do not need to leave security.
Please let me know if this post was useful since I am considering doing a similar post for the Escape Lounge at Oakland International Airport (OAK), which you can access with your American Express Platinum Charge Card. If you have any questions about getting to the SFO Centurion Lounge, please leave a comment below. Have a great weekend everyone!