Airport Connections (SFO & 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 Trip Planner.

Headed to the airport?  Follow this guide to purchase long-term parking (now known as single/multi-day parking) on the official BART app.  You can reserve multiple days of parking in advance and leave your vehicle overnight.

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5 am – Midnight


6 am – Midnight


8 am – 9 pm

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 Berryessa-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 Berryessa 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 Fares Through Clipper

Pay fares with Clipper on your phoneChildren 4 and under ride free. All other passengers must have a Clipper card. BART no longer sells paper tickets.  There is a one-time $3 charge to purchase a Clipper card from a BART vending machine. You can avoid this fee by adding a new Clipper card to your digital wallet. 

Step by Step instructions on how to add a Clipper card to your Apple Wallet.

Step by Step instructions on how to add a Clipper card in Google Pay.

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

All BART stations have Clipper 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, hold your Clipper card or phone loaded with Clipper in your wallet over the fare gate card reader. The correct fare will be deducted automatically. If your card 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 exit the BART system.

Other Clipper discounts

If you are travelling with kids or seniors, be sure to plan ahead and get youth and senior discount Clipper cards in advance. Youth 5-18 years old get 50% off with a youth Clipper card. Seniors age 65 and over get 62.5% off with a Senior Clipper card.

BART Schedule

Use the BART Trip Planner 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.

Long Term Parking 

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

You can use the BART app to purchase multi-day reserve parking. The official BART app is a convenient way to purchase reserved parking without needing to print out paper permits in advance. Reserve parking is $6.00 per day. To pay for reserved parking on the app, select single/multi-day reserved parking, and add the license plate of the car you plan to drive and phone number to your profile. Make the payment. Park in the Reserved or “Permit” area. There is no need to print anything in advance or display anything inside your car. 

Multi-day reserved parking may be purchased up to one month in advance, and twenty days of parking may be purchased at a time.  Parking on weekends is free.

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