Oakland: Transportation

Approaching the City

Oakland can be reached from San Francisco by traveling east across the Bay Bridge via Interstate 80 and continuing south to Oakland on I-580 or I-980. Oakland International Airport is located only twelve minutes from downtown. A dozen airlines serve Oakland International Airport, with 208 daily departures. The airport has major thoroughfares to Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) offers a dedicated connection to the airport and high-speed rail service between East Bay cities and San Francisco with eight stations in Oakland. Four shuttles also serve the airport. Amtrak schedules frequent arrivals through its terminal at Jack London Square. Greyhound bus service is also available.

Traveling in the City

Major routes through Oakland include Interstate 980, which runs north and south through the city, and Interstate 880, the Nimitz Freeway, which runs east and west.

A network of city buses operates throughout 600 miles of East Bay. The Bay Area Transit System (BART) provides wide-ranging subway service on four East Bay lines into San Francisco. The Alameda/Oakland Ferry cruises into Jack London Square from San Francisco's Ferry terminal and Pier 41. Three taxi companies service the city.