With California’s on the Western-most edge of the continental U.S., it only makes sense that the state has no less than nine international airports. Mill Valley sits comfortably close to at least three of these airports, located in the busy hubbub of the Bay Area. There is the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and the Oakland International Airport (OAK). Together, they service more than 57 million passengers per year.
Residents of Mill Valley can find information available at each airport’s respective websites. With a constant stream of updated details, travelers expecting to depart from any of these facilities can determine how far ahead of their flight they should arrive and if delays are to be expected. San Jose Airport information should be considered in conjunction with the heavy traffic this area typically endures. One may need to be at the airport 90 minutes ahead of their departure, but it may take up to a few hours to get there during peak traffic hours, even if the drive is short. In an average day, almost 400 flights depart from San Jose International Airport. While this is still busy by any definition of the term, it is less so than the airport in San Francisco. SJC is the smallest of these three Bay Area airports, servicing only 8.4 million passengers in 2011.
At over 20 million enplanements per year and more than 40 million passengers, the San Francisco Airport is perhaps the most robust of the three options near Mill Valley. It also requires that travelers penetrate the dense traffic and busy roads that lead through this bustling California city to Millbrae where the airport is located. SFO has the added benefit of being the nearest international airport to Mill Valley, and because of its popularity as a major hub to other California cities, is often a cheaper destination than nearby airports such as Oakland and San Jose. SFO’s top international and domestic destinations include: Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; Hong Kong and London.
Oakland Airport is the second smallest of the three with just 108 daily flights and 9.3 million passengers, but it remains a popular alternative to SFO for Bay Area residents. Part of its success comes from a high on-time arrival percentage, which ranks at the top of the 40 busiest airports in North America. The Oakland Airport also has the added benefit of being the second nearest international airport to Mill Valley, making it a convenient option for those wanting to bypass the congestion surrounding San Francisco. Its top five destinations include: Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; Las Vegas, NV; Burbank, CA;
and Phoenix, AZ.
Local shuttle services and taxis.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Int’l Airport (SJC)
Located in San Jose near the intersection of U.S, 101, I-880 and
Highway 87, approximately 60 miles from Mill Valley.
(408) 277-4759, www.sjc.org
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Located 15 miles south of downtown San Francisco, off of
Highway 101, approximately 27 miles from Mill Valley.
(650) 821-8211, www.flysfo.com
Oakland International Airport (OAK )
Located 10 miles south of downtown Oakland of I-880,
approximately 34 miles from Mill Valley.
(510) 577-4000, www.oaklandairport.com