Plane Spotting at San Francisco Airport Bayfront Park

One of the best places to spot at San Francisco Airport (SFO) is Bayfront Park which looks across to runways 28L/R.

This location is a public park alongside the Old Bayshore Highway, a short distance from the Bayshore Freeway (101) and the airport terminals.

From this spot you can see all movements at the airport, and with a good camera lens take excellent pictures of aircraft on runways 28L/R and the taxiways linking them.

Contributor Erik Ritterbach has sent these photographs from his recent spotting trip.



Here’s a map of the location


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2 Responses

  1. Matthew J says:

    Great tip, this has been added to my list. Funny thing is if you zoom in on the map there is a point on the map that says “Airport plane watch area”,-122.3747744,17.25z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x808f77c8c8362a15:0xb56c5d8320c7d120!8m2!3d37.603577!4d-122.3736573

  2. John Spencer says:

    I’m there in late July, and have even booked a hotel there too. What lens did Eric use? Ideal time of day?

    Love a chat if he wants to email me?

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