Air Travel

San Francisco is accessible by two major airports.  San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest airport to San Francisco and the Moscone Center.  It is one of the 30 busiest airports in the country, with service from over 45 airlines, national and international, and nonstop connections to over 65 U.S. cities.  Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 20 miles from downtown San Francisco and the Moscone Center. OAK has service from 13 different airlines combined for 30 nonstop flights nationally and internationally.

International Flights

The Star Alliance™ member airlines are the Official Airline Network for the 2012 Fall Meeting. The 25 participating airlines will offer travel discounts of up to 20% on flights to San Francisco for international attendees and one accompanying person.

Domestic Flights

AGU has partnered with United Airlines for discounts on domestic flights. Purchase your ticket online at and receive special discounts off the lowest applicable fares. There are no fees for booking online at when you use the special promotion code.  Flights may also be booked through a travel professional or by calling United Meetings at +1.800.521.4041. A $25 service fee for each ticket will be charged for tickets booked by phone.

Rail Travel

Amtrak offers a 10% discount on the best available rail fare to San Francisco between 29 November and 10 December 2012.  To book your reservation, call Amtrak at 800.872.7245 or contact your local travel agent.

Convention tickets cannot be booked via the Internet. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train or Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures 7 days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class, or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

Airport Transportation – Go Green!

San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service is available from both San Francisco-area airports.  In 2010 and 2011 AGU was #1 in ticket sales for BART’s Sustainable Convention Transfers program.  Join us in achieving this goal again by participating in the only program of its type in the world.  Help us Go Green by taking BART from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK).  BART costs less then taxis and shuttles and is just as fast. By using BART round-trip to/from the airport, you’ll not only save 22 pounds of CO2 emissions, but AGU proceeds from the sale of pre-purchased vouchers/tickets will be donated to Save the Bay.  Be sure to buy your voucher early and let’s all help the local community that’s hosted the Fall Meeting for over forty years!

BART has direct service from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). AGU highly recommends taking BART:  the most convenient, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to get to and from the airport to San Francisco.  Detailed information can be found here.

Local Transportation: Don’t Forget Your Walking Shoes!

Pack your walking shoes and don’t forget your umbrella as you plan to enjoy the sights in San Francisco!  The 2012 Fall Meeting continues to go green, by eliminating shuttle bus service.  Take advantage of the diversity of transportation options including world-famous cable cars, light rail, buses, and ferries.  Or find out for yourself why Prevention magazine named San Francisco the #1 Best Walking City in America.  

Details on all of the city’s transportation options can also be found in one place at  The integrated website allows users to plan trips, create itineraries, and find up-to-the-minute transportation information from anywhere in the Bay Area.

The Moscone Center

Fall Meeting events will take place throughout the Moscone Center‘s North, South and West buildings.  The Moscone Center is located at the edge of the city’s dynamic South of Market district and just four blocks from Union Square, the city’s vibrant shopping district, and the Powell Street cable car to Nob Hill, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf.


Plan Your Stay

Famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities and world-class cuisine, San Francisco’s landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro district and Mission Dolores. The much-celebrated fog creates a romantic mood in this most European of American cities.

For information about the city’s neighborhoods, attractions and restaurants, visit the San Francisco Travel Web site. And check-out a Day-In the Life: San Francisco to get inspired for your trip.


San Francisco is blessed with a temperate marine climate and enjoys mild weather year-round.  Average temperatures in December range from a maximum of 57°F/19°C to 47°F/9°C.  The average rainfall is 3.5”/9 cm.  San Francisco weather can change by the hour, so attendees are advised to pack layers and be sure to have a light jacket or coat and umbrella.