Airport Connections (SFO & OAK)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)Oakland International Airport (OAK) 


Oakland International Airport (OAK)

BART trains connect OAK with downtown San Francisco, downtown Oakland, and many other Bay Area destinations.  BART is the best way to avoid sitting in Bay Area traffic, and the Oakland Airport BART station is just a short walk to both airline terminals. Plan your trip and get fares to other destinations by using the QuickPlanner





5 am – 11 pm:
Every 6 minutes

11 pm – 1:15 am:
Every 20 minutes


6 am – 11 pm:
Every 6 minutes

11 pm – 1:15 am:
Every 20 minutes


8 am – 11 pm:
Every 6 minutes

11 pm – 1:15 am:
Every 20 minutes

Connections are limited after midnight. Please make alternative airport travel plans if this schedule conflicts with early morning weekend flights. 

OAK map

To/from Downtown Oakland 
Take BART from OAK to Coliseum Station. From Coliseum Station, transfer to a Richmond-bound train. It takes about 12 minutes to get to the 12th Street/Oakland City Center station, right downtown, a few blocks from Oakland Chinatown and Jack London Square. To return to OAK, take a Warm Springs-bound train to the Coliseum station and go upstairs to transfer to an OAK train at Platform 3.

To/from Downtown San Francisco
Take BART from OAK to Coliseum Station, then board a San Francisco/Daly City-bound train to one of the four downtown San Francisco BART stations. From there, it’s an easy walk or short cab ride to most San Francisco hotels and the Moscone Convention Center.

To return to OAK, take a Warm Springs/South Fremont or Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train to the Coliseum station and go upstairs to transfer to an OAK train at Platform 3.

Find your hotel on this map of downtown San Francisco.

BART Tickets
Children 4 and under ride free. All other passengers must have a BART ticket or Clipper card. BART tickets are like debit cards with stored value.

For travelers landing at OAK, there is no need to purchase a BART ticket or Clipper card until after you arrive at the Coliseum BART station Platform 3, where you can buy a BART ticket or regional Clipper card from vending machines.

All BART stations have ticket vending machines that accept cash or credit cards. BART's fare structure is built on a mileage-based formula.  To find your fare, click here.  Weekly or monthly passes are not available.

To enter the BART system, insert your ticket into the fare gate and it will be returned to you, or tap your Clipper card on the top of the fare gate. Use the same ticket when you exit. The correct fare will be deducted automatically and tickets with remaining value will be returned. If your ticket has too little value, a sign on the fare gate will tell you to go to a nearby Addfare vending machine where you can add enough value to your ticket to exit the BART system.

BART Schedule
Use the BART QuickPlanner to look up BART departure and arrival times.

Luggage and Accessibility
Luggage may be stowed under your seat or held in your lap. Please keep the doorways clear. Some cars have space near the doors to accommodate wheelchairs, bikes or strollers. If the space is not being used by a person with a disability, you may store your luggage there, but please keep it under your control at all times.

All BART stations have elevators and extra wide faregates for large luggage and for use by people with disabilities.

Airport/Long Term Parking 
Airport parking can be a hassle and is always expensive, except at BART stations. We offer inexpensive long-term parking at many stations with easy online reservations. Visit the Long-term Parking section for more information.


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