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Old 02-15-2012, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Santaluz - San Diego, CA
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Hey local experts. I'm here in the San Francisco area on vacation. I'm actually staying in Berkeley. I noticed that the Bay Bridge will be closed from Friday to Tuesday morning. What is the BEST alternative route to take? And also how long would it realistically take?

I see on Google Maps there are two other bridges but I can't seem to get it to calculate that route and how long it will take. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Take BART. It is faster.

San Mateo Bridge: ~ 1 hour no traffic
Richmond/San Rafael to Golden Gate to SF: ~ 45 minutes (2 tolls coming from BErkeley, it is fine to do on the way home though.)
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: The Bay
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What Jade said. There's also the Dumbarton which goes from Newark to the Silicon Valley via East Palo Alto.
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Old 02-15-2012, 11:40 PM
 
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Hey local experts. I'm here in the San Francisco area on vacation. I'm actually staying in Berkeley. I noticed that the Bay Bridge will be closed from Friday to Tuesday morning. What is the BEST alternative route to take? And also how long would it realistically take?

I see on Google Maps there are two other bridges but I can't seem to get it to calculate that route and how long it will take. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
If you can change your hotel to somewhere in SF or the peninsula it will be much better for you. This will be a great weekend to drive around in SF since there will be much less traffic in the city due to the bridge closure.

Bart is the best way to get here from the East Bay this weekend. The best alternate route for driving may vary depending on the traffic jams. I expect the Golden Gate will be jammed and the San Mateo bridge may be better. However I would check the Sigalert website for exact traffic conditions.

This is a long alternate route with two bridge tolls.

Driving Directions from Berkeley, California to San Francisco, California

or try this one:

Driving Directions from Berkeley, California to San Francisco, California

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:58 PM
 
Location: anywhere but Seattle
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Swim.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Santaluz - San Diego, CA
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Thanks everyone. Really appreciate it. The links are helpful. It sounds like best to try to avoid. Luckily we've already been in town for several days. We will spend more of the next few days in SF but may just avoid or take BART. Thanks again. You guys are the best.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA/São Paulo, Brazil
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That Richmond-San Rafael and Golden Gate drive can be a real headache during commute times, especially 101 but you really have no choice if you need to drive.

jade408 is right tho, BART is the best alternative for saving time by far. If you can, travel outside of normal commute times as trains will be even more packed than normal.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Leave your car and take the Ferry or Bart
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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If you do decide to drive in, the good news is that the bridge is only closed west bound. You can drive back to Berkeley on the Bay Bridge.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:29 PM
 
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Take BART. I see absolutely no reason to attempt to drive into San Francisco this weekend, especially if you're coming from Berkeley.
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