Oakland travel guide

Oakland Tourism | Oakland Guide

You're Going to Love Oakland

With a population of 390,724, Oakland is a must-see destination in California, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Oakland deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Oakland

North Oakland is the neighborhood with the most restaurants in Oakland. These include popular favorites such as Commis Dining Room (3859 Piedmont Avenue), Wood Tavern (6317 College Ave.) and Lovely Day (4629 Martin Luther King Jr Way). If you’re looking for affordable options, A Cote (5478 College Ave) and Scott's Seafood - Oakland (2 Broadway) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Low Bar Oakland (2300 Webster St) and Shakewell (3407 Lakeshore Ave) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Oakland.

When to visit Oakland

Oakland in January
Estimated hotel price
$142
1 night at 3-star hotel
Oakland in January
Estimated hotel price
$142
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Oakland in August, when the average temperature is 66.2 °F, and the highest can go up to 73.4 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 44.6 °F, with an average temperature of 51.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 4.8″. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Oakland, with an average rainfall of 0″.

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How to Get to Oakland

Plane

Oakland is served by 2 airports: Oakland Airport (OAK) and San Francisco Airport (SFO). The closest to downtown Oakland is Oakland Airport, which is located 7 miles from the city center. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 14 miles from the center of Oakland. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Spirit Airlines, Southwest, Alaska Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Oakland departs from Ontario and takes around 1h 20m.

Train

AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Oakland. Located 0.7 miles from the city center, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 5 miles from the center.

Car

Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car rental from San Francisco, which is about 8 miles from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Dollar, among others, in San Francisco.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.5 miles from downtown Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.5 miles from the city center.

Plane

Oakland is served by 2 airports: Oakland Airport (OAK) and San Francisco Airport (SFO). The closest to downtown Oakland is Oakland Airport, which is located 7 miles from the city center. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 14 miles from the center of Oakland. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Spirit Airlines, Southwest, Alaska Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Oakland departs from Ontario and takes around 1h 20m.

Train

AccesRail is the only carrier operating train routes to Oakland. Located 0.7 miles from the city center, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 5 miles from the center.

Car

Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car rental from San Francisco, which is about 8 miles from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Dollar, among others, in San Francisco.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.5 miles from downtown Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.5 miles from the city center.

Airports near Oakland

Airlines serving Oakland

Lufthansa
Good (4,680 reviews)
KLM
Good (847 reviews)
SWISS
Good (944 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,747 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,188 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,445 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (473 reviews)
Air France
Good (975 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,604 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,102 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,944 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,367 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,209 reviews)
LOT
Good (669 reviews)
Finnair
Good (773 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,175 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (928 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (849 reviews)
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Where to stay in Oakland

There are also lots of vacation rental options in Oakland, with prices from $13 to $886 per night. North Oakland is the neighborhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, vacation rentals in Oakland are about 49% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

North Oakland - In Oakland’s most popular neighborhood to stay, recommended hotels include Westwind Lodge, Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel and Imperial Inn Oakland.

North Oakland - In Oakland’s most popular neighborhood to stay, recommended hotels include Westwind Lodge, Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel and Imperial Inn Oakland.
Most popular hotel in Oakland by neighborhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Oakland

Most booked hotels in Oakland

Bay Landing Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, 1612 reviews)
$121+
Oakland Marriott City Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, 594 reviews)
$144+
Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, 329 reviews)
$338+
The Westin San Francisco Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8, 1441 reviews)
$156+
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
3 stars
Excellent (8, 454 reviews)
$189+
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 stars
Good (7.7, 1350 reviews)
$165+

Renting a car in Oakland

Renting a car in Oakland costs $70 per day, on average, or $139 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Europcar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Oakland is the Fox branch at 7600 Earhart Road, which is 6 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Oakland.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Oakland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Dodge Neon or similar) are, on average, 73% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Oakland costs $70 per day, on average, or $139 if you want to rent if for 2 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Europcar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Oakland is the Fox branch at 7600 Earhart Road, which is 6 miles from the city center.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Oakland.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Oakland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Dodge Neon or similar) are, on average, 73% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.