Oakland International Airport Guide (OAK)
One of three major airports in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland International Airport is located south of Oakland and just across the water from San Francisco. Our guide to the airport includes important contact details and information on airport facilities, transportation and where to stay.
A long-awaited light railway linking Oakland Airport with Oakland Coliseum Station is scheduled to open in autumn 2014. Driverless trains will depart from the Coliseum Station every four minutes.
From Oakland follow Interstate 880 south and take the 98th Avenue exit, which leads to Oakland International Airport’s entrance.
From San Francisco, cross Bay Bridge towards Oakland and head south on Interstate 880. Turn off at 98th Avenue and continue to the terminals.
From south San Francisco and San Mateo, take San Mateo bridge across the bay and head north on Interstate 880, before turning off at 98th Avenue.
Rail: A light railway linking Oakland Airport with Oakland Coliseum Station is scheduled to open in autumn 2014. Until then AirBART (www.bart.gov) buses run frequent services between Oakland International Airport and Oakland Coliseum Station (fare: US$3), where Capital Corridor trains (www.capitolcorridor.org) connect with other destinations in north California, including Sacremento and San Jose.
AC Transit (www.actransit.org) also operates services (bus 73) from Oakland International Airport to Oakland Coliseum Station (fare: US$2.10).
Bus: AC Transit operates a number of local bus services. Bus 50 connects Oakland International Airport to the Amtrak Station at Jack London Square in Oakland. Bus 805 runs an hourly service at night between the airport, central Oakland and San Francisco. A single fare is US$2.10.
Shuttle: Regional shuttle services are available to most Bay Area destinations, including Vallejo, Napa and North Bay. Operators include Evans Airport Service (tel: (707) 255 1559; evanstransportation.com) and Airport Express (tel: (707) 837 8700; airportexpressinc.com).
Taxi: Taxis are readily available from Friendly Cab (tel: (510) 536 3000; www.friendlycab.com).
Ferry: AC Transit bus 50 connects the Jack London Square and Alameda/Oakland ferry terminals to Oakland International Airport. The East Bay Ferry (tel: (415) 705 8291; www.eastbayferry.com) provides services to Alameda, San Francisco's ferry terminal and Pier 39/Fisherman's Wharf.
Public telephones are located at various points within Oakland International Airport. Wi-Fi internet access is free for the first 45 minutes (or high-speed upon payment of a small fee). Post boxes are also available in both terminals.
There is a good choice of cafés, snack bars, bars and restaurants at Oakland International Airport after the security screening areas of both terminals. Additional catering facilities can be found before security in both terminals.
There are a number of shops at Oakland International Airport, the majority of which can be found in Terminal 2 – although the sufficient options in Terminal 1 do include a duty-free shop. Specialist shops include a sports clothing retailer, a wine merchant and a sunglasses outlet.
Left-luggage and lost property services are located in Terminal 1 (tel: (510) 563 3982). Luggage trolleys are available throughout Oakland International Airport.
Laptop Lane business centres are located in Terminal 1 next to gate 10 and in Terminal 2 next to gate 20. Laptop Lanes provide private, mini offices with computers, printers, phone connections and fax machines.
The nearby Hilton Oakland Airport hotel (tel: (510) 635 5000; www3.hilton.com) offers a full-service business centre and facilities ranging from small boardrooms to a theatre-style venue that can accommodate up to 600 people. A courtesy shuttle bus operates between the hotel and Oakland International Airport.
Lifts and ramps are available where necessary; passengers requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline in advance. Reserved parking is available in the hourly and daily car parks. There are three animal relief areas within the terminals.
AirBART and AC Transit buses, as well as BART rail stations are fully wheelchair-accessible and a number of shuttle services are suitable for those with physical disabilities.
There are more than 7,000 parking spaces at Oakland International Airport. Short and long-term parking is located directly opposite the terminals – a moving walkway and free shuttle buses link the two terminals and these car parks. The economy parking area is slightly further away, off John Glenn Drive. Further parking information is available from the airport parking authority (tel: (510) 563 3300).
Car hire companies operating at Oakland Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Fox, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Shuttle buses provide transport from the terminals to the rental centre, which is about 10 minutes away.