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How to get from Oakland International Airport to Berkeley

Berkeley is located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay in Northern California and is home to the famous University of California. This beautiful city is shrouded in history and has many unique sites such as the 1914 Sather Tower with its epic views and the open-air Greek Theatre stages. As Berkeley is a university town, there are also tons of trendy bars, cafes and boutique shops to enjoy. 

Regarding your Oakland airport to Berkeley transportation, you have two options; taxi or train. Taking an Oakland airport taxi is the fastest way to travel, as it takes just 30 minutes to reach downtown Berkeley, but it does cost around $70 (€71). Taking the BART train is a cheaper option, with ticket prices of $9.60 (€10), but this service isn’t direct, so it will take around 40 minutes for the BART train to get from Oakland airport to Berkeley.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €71 30min 24/7
Train €20 40min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Oakland Airport to Berkeley by Taxi

Taking a taxi from Oakland International Airport to Berkeley is a quick and stress-free transfer option. You can make your way to your hotel in
Berkeley in just 30 minutes and the cost of your Oakland airport taxi will be around $70 (€71).

Cost of a taxi from Oakland International Airport to Berkeley

The local drivers at the airport don’t offer set rate fares for the journey from Oakland airport to Berkeley. Instead, they will charge you using a taximeter based on both distance and time. The average fare will be $70 (€71), but if you’d prefer a fixed rate fare you can count on, we recommend booking your Oakland airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups

Cost

$70 (€71)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Oakland Airport.

Where do I find a taxi?

Taxis can easily be found outside of both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Oakland airport. Simply walk out the arrivals hall exit doors and you will see the taxi rank.

Convenience

If you’re looking for a quick and comfortable Oakland airport to Berkeley transportation option, taking a taxi is the choice for you. You will be whisked off from the airport and taken directly to your hotel in Berkeley in just 30 minutes. No need to worry about your personal belongings getting lost, as they will be safely stored in your private vehicle.

Editor’s Note

When travelling during rush hour the time taken to get to Berkeley will increase, meaning the cost of your local taxi will increase. In this case, you may wish to book your taxi in advance to secure a set rate fare.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver starts the taximeter before you leave the airport.
Your fare can be paid in cash in the local currency of USD.
Tipping your driver 10-20% if your journey had no issues is customary in Oakland.

How to get from Oakland Airport to Berkeley by Train

The BART train runs from Oakland International Airport to Berkeley every day, however, this service isn’t direct. You will first need to take the BART train from Oakland airport to Coliseum Station, then transfer to the Orange N Richmond-bound train from there to Berkeley. The total journey time will be around 40 minutes and the cost will be $9.60 (€10).m

How much is the train from Oakland International Airport to Berkeley?

To ride on the BART train, you must first obtain a Clipper card. You can do this by downloading the app on your phone or by purchasing a physical card at the station. Then, you must top up the card with the appropriate fare or more. The fare for the BART train from Oakland airport to Berkeley is $9.60 (€10).

Cost

$9.60 (€10)

Trip Duration

40 Min.

*There's a waiting time of 12 minutes for the BART train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The BART trains run from 05:00 to 24:00 during the week, 06:00 to 24:00 on Saturday and from 08:00 to 24:00 on Sundays.

Where do I find the train at Oakland Airport?

The BART train station is conveniently located between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Oakland airport. You will need to walk around 3-5 minutes from either terminal to reach the station.

Convenience

Taking the BART train is a cheap and fairly fast Oakland airport to Berkeley transportation option. However, as you will need to change trains and navigate two different stations, taking the BART can be a little stressful. Plus, once you reach one of the BART stations in downtown Berkeley, you will need to find alternate transportation to get to your hotel, adding time and cost to your journey.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling with small children or lots of luggage, you may wish to look into taking a taxi instead. It will be much less stressful and much more convenient.

Useful Tips

Downloading the Clipper application to your phone before you travel will save you time ar the BART station.
The BART train from the airport to Coliseum Station is free.
There's very little luggage storage space on the train, try to travel light.

Frequently asked questions

How far is Oakland Airport from Berkeley?

The distance from Oakland airport to ‘Berkeley is around 22.5 km. If you choose to ride in an Oakland airport taxi, it will take you around 30 minutes to complete your journey. On the other hand, taking the BART train will take around 40 minutes to reach Berkeley.

What are my Oakland airport to Berkeley transportation options?

When it comes to your Oakland airport to Berkeley transportation options, you have two; taxi or train. The local Oakland airport taxis take around 30 minutes to reach Berkeley and cost approximately $70 (€71). The BART train takes longer at 40 minutes total journey time, but tickets cost just $9.60 (€10) one-way.

What’s the cost of a shuttle from Oakland Airport to Berkeley?

A local taxi shuttle from Oakland International airport to Berkeley will cost around $70 (€71), based on a taximeter. If you’re looking for a fixed rate fare that won’t change, you can pre-book your transfer with Welcome Pickups instead.

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