Traveling through Oakland is a breeze with these transportation tips.

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The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is a breeze to navigate—it’s served by AirBART (soon the new Airport Connector), shuttles, limousines, taxis and public transport. The airport is praised for having some of the best on time departures and arrivals nationwide, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to spare to explore Oakland.

Oakland is the hub of many of the Bay Area’s most commonly used interstate highways, providing a great base for exploring nearby cities such as San Francisco and Berkeley, wine regions in Napa and Sonoma County, and Northern California getaways to Tahoe and Yosemite. In addition to car rental offices located at Oakland International Airport and the Oakland Convention Center downtown, short-term rentals are available through City Car Share and Zip Car.

How popular is cycling in Oakland? To give you an idea, a local brewer delivers his kegs on two wheels. Not to mention, the city has been deemed one of America’s most bike-friendly cities. Rent a bike to explore Oakland’s many neighborhoods—Bay Area Bikes can be found in two locations, in Jack London Square and Uptown. Bicycles are allowed on ferries, AC Transit buses and BART trains—just check the websites for routes and any excluded times.

If you need to get somewhere in a fast, Oakland’s taxi drivers are an excellent resource. You’ll find cabs easily at most hotel locations, as well as at major events such as concerts or sporting events.

AC Transit offers frequent Transbay bus connections to San Francisco, as well as service within Oakland and to neighboring communities such as Berkeley. Local adult passes are $2.10 (cash or Clipper Card only), but be sure to check the AC Transit site for fare changes.

Bay Area Rapid Transport (BART) connects Oakland to Berkeley, San Francisco and other parts of the East Bay. AirBART is the bus service that connects BART riders going to or coming from Oakland International Airport. Soon, the Oakland Airport Connector will be an even more convenient option. Purchase your tickets at the kiosks found at each BART station.

The San Francisco Bay Ferry connects Oakland with San Francisco and Alameda, offering commuters and visitors a scenic way to cross San Francisco Bay in less than 20 minutes. Snacks and a full bar are available on board, and free parking is available with validation.

Travelers can reach Oakland by train at Amtrak’s sleek modern station in Jack London Square. Ride the scenic Coast Starlight route along the West Coast or the San Joaquin route from the valley. Oakland is also a stop on the Capitol Corridor line, providing frequent connections between Sacramento and Silicon Valley.

Clipper Cards  are available for use on BART and AC Transit in Oakland and several other Bay Area transport systems, Clipper® is an all-in-one transit card that keeps track of any passes, discount tickets, ride books and cash value loaded onto it.

Not sure how to go from here to there? Dial 511 or go to, the free travel planning site.



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