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Planes, trains, automobiles, ferries—there is a reason Oakland is considered a hub of the West Coast. Centrally located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, arrival to Oakland is easy, whether you’re coming by air, land or sea.
The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the second largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights. Oakland’s Amtrak stations are served by multiple trains, connecting to cities such as Sacramento, Reno and Bakersfield, as well as daily routes to Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago. Regionally, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system offers service to and from the East Bay and San Francisco, and the AC Transit bus system includes citywide transportation and Transbay connections to San Francisco. A Greyhound bus terminal can also be found near Downtown Oakland.
A bustling port city, Oakland also offers transportation by the San Francisco Bay Ferry as well as guest slips for private boats along the estuary. If you’re traveling by car, driving to Oakland is a cinch, with multiple points of access along the I-880, I-580 and I-980.
The Oakland International Airport (OAK) is a breeze to navigate—it’s served by the new BART to OAK train, van shuttles, limousines, taxis and public transit buses. The airport is known for having some of the nation’s best on time arrivals and departures, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to spare to explore Oakland. flyoakland.com
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.
Travelers can reach Oakland by train at Amtrak’s sleek modern station in Jack London Square with a 20% discount. Ride the scenic Coast Starlight route along the West Coast or the San Joaquins route from the valley. Oakland is also a stop on the Capitol Corridor line, providing frequent connections between Sacramento and Silicon Valley.