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 around 10 miles (16km) from Oakland.
Getting to the city
The Oakland Airport BART station is located across from Terminal 1 and a short walk from Terminal 2. A shuttle service links the airport to Coliseum Station in just 8 minutes, with fares depending on the final destination. AC Transit bus line 73 connects passengers to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART station every 15 minutes, while Line 805 connects the airport to Downtown Oakland every hour between 12.35am and 4.30am.
GMT -8 (GMT -7 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Tel: +1 510 563 3300.
The Rental Car Center is open 24 hours (operating on an 'on demand' basis in the later hours) and has all rental companies in one location, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, 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.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.
ATMs, shops (including duty-free), restaurants and bars are available in both terminals. 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 are closest to the terminal and cost $4 for every half hour and $38 for 24 hours. The hourly lot is the next closest car park and is probably best for short-term or overnight parking. It costs $1 per 12 minutes, or $34 for 24 hours. The daily and economy lots are furthest from the terminal. Daily parking costs $5 per hour for the first two hours and $24 as a daily maximum, while the Economy Lot has a flat rate of $18. Shuttle services to the terminal from the further parking lots are in operation.
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 offers free wifi services to its visitors for sessions of 45 minutes in length, or a premium speed, advertising-free service for a nominal fee.
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.