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Oakland is an easy city to access by nearly every mode of transportation. Most visitors arriving by plane choose to fly into Oakland International Airport (OAK), a facility served by all major air carriers and rental car agencies. Downtown Oakland is just a short drive north on Interstate 880 from OAK. If you plan on getting by without a car and would like to save on cab fare, the city is also accessible via BART, the rapid transit system that serves the entire Bay Area and has 8 stops in Oakland. From OAK, just hop on the AirBART bus shuttle, which will take you directly to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport Station, where you can then board the "Richmond" train (orange line) for a direct ride to downtown Oakland. (Alternatively, hop on AC Transit Route 73 to get from OAK to the BART station. Both bus lines have the exact same route between the two locations.)
Although further away, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) also provides an easy connection to Oakland via BART. Just take any BART train from SFO to Oakland. The "Pittsburg/Bay Point" train (yellow line) serves 5 Oakland stations. Oakland can be reached by car from SFO by taking U.S. Highway 101 north to the Bay Bridge, but traffic along this corridor is very heavy during weekday rush hours.
Intercity train service is provided by Amtrak, and its Capitol Corridor
trains stop at 2 stations in Oakland--at the south end of Jack London Square and near the Coliseum/Oakland Airport BART Station. The Capitol
Corridor trains operate between Sacramento and San Jose. The San
Joaquin trains, which operate between Oakland and Bakersfield with
connections to Los Angeles, stop at the Jack London Square station only. AC Transit Routes 72 and 72M provide frequent service between the Jack London Square station and downtown Oakland, including the 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART Station. The Jack London Square station is a short walk from the Alameda/Oakland Ferry Terminal, which provides regular ferry service to/from San Francisco.
Amtrak's interstate trains also serve Oakland. The Coast Starlight (north to Seattle, south to Los Angeles) train stops at the Jack London Square station. The California Zephyr (east to Chicago) train stops in Emeryville, just north of Oakland, with a timed Amtrak bus connection to/from the Jack London Square station.
Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound, which has a bus depot in Oakland at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The bus depot is a short walk or quick cab ride away from the 19th Street/Oakland BART Station. Also, AC Transit Routes 18, 72, and 72M stop on the street outside of the bus depot. The area immediately surrounding the Greyhound depot is marginal, so it is best to avoid walking around at night unless going directly to/from the BART station.