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 neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Oakland. These include popular favourites 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
C$ 194
1 night at 3-star hotel
Oakland in January
Estimated hotel price
C$ 194
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Oakland in August, when the average temperature is 19 °C, and the highest can go up to 23 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 7 °C, with an average temperature of 11 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 122 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Oakland, with an average rainfall of 0 mm.

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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 11 km from the city centre. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 22 km from the centre of Oakland. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest flight to Oakland from Canada departs from Vancouver and takes around 2h 20m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Oakland. The train journey from Oakland to Los Angeles takes 0h 38m and costs around C$ 22 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Santa Clara, expect to pay about C$ 25 for a 1h 02m trip. Located 1.2 km from the city centre, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 9 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car rental from San Francisco, which is about 13 km from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.

Bus

You can travel by bus to Oakland using FlixBus or Greyhound. From Sacramento, the bus ride to Oakland takes 217 km and will cost you around C$ 19. From Los Angeles, the ticket costs about C$ 121 for a journey of 700 km. The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.8 km from downtown Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.8 km from the city centre.

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 11 km from the city centre. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 22 km from the centre of Oakland. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest flight to Oakland from Canada departs from Vancouver and takes around 2h 20m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Oakland. The train journey from Oakland to Los Angeles takes 0h 38m and costs around C$ 22 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Santa Clara, expect to pay about C$ 25 for a 1h 02m trip. Located 1.2 km from the city centre, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 9 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car rental from San Francisco, which is about 13 km from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Kyte and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.

Bus

You can travel by bus to Oakland using FlixBus or Greyhound. From Sacramento, the bus ride to Oakland takes 217 km and will cost you around C$ 19. From Los Angeles, the ticket costs about C$ 121 for a journey of 700 km. The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.8 km from downtown Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.8 km from the city centre.

Airports near Oakland

Airlines serving Oakland

Lufthansa
Good (4,684 reviews)
KLM
Good (849 reviews)
SWISS
Good (944 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,551 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,618 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,301 reviews)
Air France
Good (983 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (489 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,591 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,968 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,118 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,457 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,882 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (873 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (923 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,179 reviews)
LOT
Good (683 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (818 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,674 reviews)
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Where to stay in Oakland

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland-Airport. There are also lots of vacation rental options in Oakland, with prices from C$ 18 to C$ 1,206 per night. North Oakland is the neighbourhood 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.

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, Excellent reviews)
C$ 163+
Oakland Marriott City Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 168+
Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 458+
Holiday Inn Oakland Airport, An IHG Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 191+
The Westin San Francisco Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 192+
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 241+

Renting a car in Oakland

Renting a car in Oakland costs C$ 65 per day, on average, or C$ 130 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car 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 9 km from the downtown.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 33% cheaper than airport locations in Oakland.

Expect to pay C$ 1.41 per litre in Oakland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.83 and C$ 22.44. 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 Economy rental cars (Toyota Yaris or similar) are, on average, 46% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Oakland costs C$ 65 per day, on average, or C$ 130 if you want to rent it for 2 days. Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car 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 9 km from the downtown.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 33% cheaper than airport locations in Oakland.

Expect to pay C$ 1.41 per litre in Oakland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.83 and C$ 22.44. 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 Economy rental cars (Toyota Yaris or similar) are, on average, 46% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.