Although Oakland Airport primarily serves East Bay Area communities, including Berkeley, Concord, Hayward, Walnut Creek and out to Fairfield, promoters of the airport argue it is also close to downtown San Francisco across the Bay and to the wine growing region around Napa. The airport can also be less susceptible to delays caused by fog and other weather.
From the airport, downtown Oakland is about 9 miles north, or about 20 minutes driving time in normal traffic; the University of California campus in Berkeley is 14 miles, or about 35 minutes; San Francisco’s Downtown Financial District is about 19 miles across the Bay Bridge or about 40 minutes; and the Napa Valley is about 62 miles and just under 2 hours drive time.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stop at the airport is across from the Terminal 1 baggage claim area. A people mover takes passengers between the airport and BART’s Coliseum station where trains depart about every 6 minutes (from 11 p.m.-midnight they depart 20 minutes apart). The scheduled travel time from Oakland Airport to the Embarcadero, the first stop in downtown San Francisco, is 37 minutes. Be aware that BART closes at midnight and resumes at 4 a.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays so it is not a viable option to the airport for early morning weekend departures.
Passenger facilities consist of two terminals that are interconnected. Gates 1-17 are in Terminal 1 and Gates 20-32 are in Terminal 2.
Southwest Airlines flights arrive and depart gates 20-32 in Terminal 2. Connecting passengers can reach all other gates in the terminal without exiting the TSA secure area.
Oakland has the closest airport to California’s famous Wine Country, the East Bay Area suburbs and is just across the bridge from downtown San Francisco. But the port city also has its own vibe and unique attractions.
Learn more about what there is to do and see in Oakland here.
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