Oakland International Airport
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 4.6 miles (7.4km) from the city centre of Oakland, California, and one of three airports serving the San Francisco Bay area. Although not as popular with tourists as nearby San Francisco or San Juan, oak tree-lined Oakland has an interesting, diverse mix of cultures, with over 100 languages spoken across its distinct suburbs.
Popular with low-cost carriers, the airport saw a boom at the end of the last decade and is currently undergoing a much needed multi-million dollar upgrade to its two terminals. There are flights to Oakland International Airport mainly from destinations across the US, with the busiest routes those to major Californian cities as well as Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle, Salt Lake City and Portland. Terminal 2 is used exclusively by Southwest Airlines, with Terminal 1 used by all other airlines.
The airport is situated five miles (8km) south of downtown Oakland in Alameda County, California.
Getting to the city
The BART subway network links the airport to Oakland and San Francisco from the Coliseum/Oakland International Airport Station. The AirBART shuttle links the station to the airport every 10 minutes. AC Transit bus line 73 - or line 805 after 12am - connects the airport with BART, line N connects to downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco as well as to east Oakland, and bus line 58 connects to the Amtrak railway station at Jack London Square. From Jack London Square it is possible to link to the Alameda/Oakland ferry, which provides services to San Francisco's ferry terminal and Pier 39. Local bus fare is $2.10 for adults and $1.05 for children, with concessions available.
GMT –8 (GMT –7 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Tel: +1 510 563 3300.
The Rental Car Center is open 24 hours and has all rental companies in one location, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Firefly, Forx, Hertz, National and Thrifty. A rental car shuttle bus ferries passengers between the terminals and Rental Car Center every 10 minutes. Prior booking is recommended.
Taxis, limos and a shuttle service are available from outside the airport. Taxi services are provided by Friendly Cab and Veteran's Cab. The taxi fare to the city centre is about $50.
ATMs, shops, restaurants and bars are available in both terminals. Duty-free shopping, a business centre and left luggage services can be found in Terminal 1. Passengers with disabilities are well catered for, but those requiring wheelchairs should contact their airline in advance.
There are four parking options at Oakland International - the premier, hourly, daily and economy lots. The premier lots, for VIPs, are closest to the terminal and cost $3 for every half hour for the first five hours, and $36 for 5-24 hours. The hourly lot is the next closest car park and is probably best for short-term or overnight parking. It costs $2 per half hour (up to 5 hours), or $32 for 5-24 hours. The daily and economy lots are furthest from the terminal, but offer the cheapest parking at $2 per half hour with a daily maximum of $22 and $16 respectively.
Flights to Oakland International Airport come in on airlines such as Southwest Airlines (the busiest carrier at the airport), Alaska Air, Horizon Air, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines and US Airlines. The airport sees flights to and from cities across the US, as well as a few from Mexico, and chartered flights to Cuba.
Oakland International has two options for wifi. Visitors have access to 45 minutes of free internet after watching a 30-second commercial, or, for a nominal fee, they can access ad-free wifi at a premium speed.
There's a business centre in Terminal 1, between gates 8 and 10.
Oakland International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.