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Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

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Central East Oakland, Oakland
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  • David E.
    "Be cool to the flight crew on Southwest - they're awesome!! :-)"(36 Tips)
    Chris Gunrack
    "Easy connection to downtown SF via the AirBart bus and BART"(15 Tips)
    Brooks J.
    "Some nice upgrades at OAK, much more comfortable."(6 Tips)
    WineSoiree A.
    "Go to Vino Volo for great wines and good food."(14 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Top Dining Options: Heinold’s First and Last Chance, Terminal 1; Fenton’s Ice Cream, Terminal 2; Pyramid Ale Taproom, Terminal 2; California Pizza Kitchen, Terminal 2; Silver Dragon, Terminal 1. Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Tripti B.
    Tripti BurmanAugust 26, 2014
    Lots of private parking lots where you can get parking for as low as 5$ a day with prior online booking. Have tried 'park n travel' and was very pleased. Perfect for a weekend trip.
  • DJ Kyu
    DJ KyuOctober 8, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If the security line in the Terminal 2 (Southwest Airlines) building is too long, it may be worth it to walk to Terminal 1 and do security there since the airport connects all gates in the back.
  • Tom L.
    Tom LoweMarch 28, 2015
    If your gonna stay overnight at the airport, better make sure you grab a bench seat before 10pm. There is only a few and they fill up fast. Sleeping there is fine. Sandwich $8 water bottle $3
    Upvoted Mar 4
  • D J.
    D JohnsonDecember 23, 2016
    If the planes are departing to the north have your camera ready. The first minute of the flight you will have an excellent snapshot of San Francisco & even the Goldengate bridge weather permitting.
  • Nina
    NinaAugust 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're using public transit, this is a great alternative to SFO. The BART/shuttle transfer to OAK is a little annoying, but totally worth it if you want to breeze through check-in and security.
  • Eddie R.
    Eddie ReyApril 7, 2014
    Check out the Oakland Museum of Art's new exhibit-- "Bees". Left me so inspired I've decided to re-enroll in my beekeeping class when I return to San Diego! Pictured here: "Bee Hotel" for urban areas!
  • Marc W.
    Marc WolenikMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Park at Espresso Parking - best in town, and pickup a chicken BBQ salad from CPK to eat ON the plane (to pass the time) - but be sure to get extra dressing or you'll be disappointed at 35k feet....
  • Patti L.
    Patti LewDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If the security line a Terminal 1 (Southwest) is super long, just take the short walk to Terminal 1 where there's usually no or little line. Best way to navigate OAK. Especially during the holidays.
  • Patricia W.
    Patricia WJanuary 14, 2013
    At security checkpoint, please move all your bins forwards as you stuff them so we dont have to wait in a line behind you. don't take it personally if I leapfrog you with all that space ahead of you.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CampbellMarch 3, 2014
    Terminal 2 definitely seems like the more happening spot. More diverse food options, a wine bar, and a pub. Terminal 1 has lots of plug-in spots but only offers a Chilli's and mall-familiar pan-Asian.
  • MsTwixt M.
    MsTwixt MsTwixtJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    @Essie nail polish vending machine in Terminal 2 (By @SouthwestAir) is very cool. Same price as stores; great color selection. Perfect for flight delays!
  • B N.
    B NashMay 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    They must have seen my previous tip, because they have new Rental Car Shuttle buses that are clean and pleasant, and helpful well-dressed drivers! Nice work OAK!
  • Spare the Air a.
    At Ron Cowan Pkwy & John Glenn Dr on 4/26, trade in your working, old gas powered lawnmower & save up to 60% on the purchase of a new one. Pre-register at http://ow.ly/uICy2 or call 1-844-262-3495
  • Leah B.
    Leah BecerraDecember 13, 2014
    Grab some Peet's coffee in terminal 2 (so much better than Starbucks). Security was also very quick. Power stations all over the place. Love it.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kNovember 24, 2010
    best deal in the airport on healthy food: andale's chicken salad without chicken. $8 for a huuuuge salad of non-iceberg lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, goat cheese. get it with dressing on the side.
  • Joyce T.
    Joyce TompsettAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Some of the nicest, friendliest, most competent and speedy TSA folks anywhere. They are great. So different than SJC or SFO.
    Upvoted Mar 27
  • Kenny K.
    Kenny KatzoffJuly 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    OAK looking better except for the high concession prices. Still the best airport in Bay Area!
  • Mickey T.
    Mickey TachibanaApril 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you plan to use BART, get off at Coliseum and use Air Shuttle. Pretty easy and cost $3 for one way. The cool tips here is you can use left over BART tickets like a couple of $1.45 plus 10 cent.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Very easy to get in and out of. Baggage retrieval is generally swift. Great weather prevents delays. Huge Southwest hub. Wish it was better served by more airlines
  • Kimberly W.
    Kimberly WongJanuary 23, 2013
    This airport always has a breezy security line if you know what you're doing. :) Remember in winter to take off that hat, scarf, jacket, and bulky sweater!
  • Matt W.
    Matt WOctober 24, 2011
    Beautiful views of the bay (Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, SF, etc.) while flying in and out of this airport.
  • Westfield S.
    Corazon Under the Dome celebrates the heart and soul of San Francisco. Come discover our history, music and culture at our free light spectacular starting at 5 p.m. from now until September 3, 2012!
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    If you have time between checking-in, people watching and waiting in the Starbucks line, bring a good book to keep you busy during layovers. For more travel tips, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • Louie 李景雲 L.
    Louie 李景雲 LeeDecember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Click on the small "Parking Offers" link in the left bar of the OAK website to get up to $8 off daily parking. Must print coupon!
  • DoubleTree by Hilton M.
    Long flight? Peanuts are okay, but bringing a filling, healthy snack like almonds or fruit will keep you tied over until your destination. For more travel tips and fun, follow @DoubleTree on Twitter!
  • 511CC
    511CCMarch 9, 2011
    Bum around the Bay Area with our free Commuter Handbook. It covers almost every mode of transportation, including trains, buses, bikes, taxis and ferries. http://511cc.org/handbook Read more
  • Bonnie J.
    Bonnie JoyOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Otaez restaurant in terminal 2 has the best deal on food! It was only $6.25 for super nachos that easily feed two people!
  • Katie H.
    Katie HoganJune 7, 2012
    Andalé has great guac - all fresh and creamy. If you ask nicely they'll give you a little taste before you order!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Getting Euro in Terminal 2. You can now walk around with adult beverages in plastic cups, from places like Firewood Grill, opposite gates 23-24.
  • D S.
    D SorrellApril 8, 2013
    Knowing the sequester, the lines may be long. Not SFO long, but make sure you're wearing comfortable pants just in case.
  • Mike G.
    Mike GreshamAugust 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Southwest terminal is smooth sailing in the morning, whereas you'll want to allow some time for any other airline.
  • Gary W.
    Gary WJuly 27, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Morning flight out of the Southwest Terminal? The Starbucks after the moving walkway is always has a super long line. Skip it, walk down a little further to Peets, which usually has no line.
  • DJ Kyu
    DJ KyuMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you need to mail something before you fly-there are two mailboxes just outside the terminal 1 building, and another one on the northeast wall of the Terminal 1 Hawaiian/International ticket counter
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikMarch 18, 2013
    Read this infographic on why you have to turn off your electronics during takeoff and landing (Read it before you stow your device away!) =) Read more
  • Barbara I.
    Barbara IversonJune 17, 2014
    For goodness sakes, hire some staff. The wait for check-in was ridiculous, and so was the security check-in. Come on, the economy is rebounding, hire some more workers.
  • Sheila R.
    Sheila RadazaJune 17, 2013
    Monday morning flights are the busiest! Make sure you arrive at the airport 2 hrs before flyt in order not to miss it. TSA lines are looooong!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BarberSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Head over to Vino Volo for a glass of wine and great food or snack. Cap it off with a little ice cream from Fenton's.
  • Brad Friedman
    Brad FriedmanOctober 10, 2016
    Small airport. Great for flying in and out of without a lot of hassle. Would be awesome if Rhett was a decent restaurant in the terminal before going through security.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraNovember 11, 2014
    Cool airport w/great wifi and comfy! Guard your outlets though they're prime real estate
  • Hua C.
    Hua ChenJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    For late flights, I love the Gordon Biersch at the end of Terminal 2. Great beer and bomb garlic fries. :)
  • Beth
    BethAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pick up a magazine at HMS and ask for their Magazine card. Buy 6 magazines and get the next one free. If you're a frequent flyer, this is an awesome deal!
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestNovember 10, 2011
    I'm amazing pre-flight entertainment. And during the flight, you can still use many of my features without wifi!
  • Walt O.
    Walt OSeptember 14, 2013
    Wifi tried to work, but failed. After jumping through some hoops of watching an advert and a one question survey, too. Oh well. I can look out a window and be entertained 😛
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorAugust 2, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Solid alternative to SFO, less delays, less crowds, easier parking, close to downtown SF.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MachadoMay 4, 2012
    Free WiFi, comfy chairs, easy access by BART- airBart, security is quick.. Pleasant experience.
  • Alison T.
    Alison TanzerMay 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I've never heard of any one having a bag or anything stolen. I fly out of oak very frequently and I love it.
  • George A.
    George AllenNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    You CAN buy AIRBart tickets at a kiosk right in front of the bus in case you only have platic (which tends to be the case with me)!
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  • Mayka M.
    Mayka MeiDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The JetBlue counter is the very first in Terminal 1. Plan accordingly if you're rolling deep or toting lots of luggage!
  • Yongho K.
    Yongho KimMarch 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The airbart to the coliseum takes $3 cash only. Get your change from a cah dispenser machine right before exiting the airport building (I found one right next to the door near jetblue exit)
  • Matthew N.
    Matthew NewmanJune 6, 2011
    Very nice airport, clean, nice music playing and a bunch of shops and places to grab a bite to eat! Yay Oakland!!
  • Foli
    FoliJune 5, 2013
    Whether your coming or going you want to make sure to keep up with all of your favorite magazines through the Foli app for iPad, available here!
  • Ashley F.
    Ashley FullerMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    So much easier to deal with than SFO and if your coming or going with jetBlue or united airlines there's a starbucks right after security check in.
  • Damon J.
    Damon JamalFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not sure what people are talking about but SFO is usually cheaper and BART goes straight there.. However this is a smaller airport so TSA is usually fast (on weekdays)
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CollinsNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    very convenient and fast....u can check a bag and make it through security in under 15 min easybag claim is very slow compared to other airports when you're arriving in OAK...be prepared to wait if
  • Peter R.
    Peter RogersMarch 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Fly Southwest they have the best terminal here with comfy seats and electrical outlets everywhere. Don't leave security if you have a long wait for your ride all the bars are behind security
  • TalinP
    TalinPJune 30, 2014
    It's always funny when TSA pulls you aside for having fresh and awesome nails! :)
  • Tiffany K.
    Tiffany KamApril 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best airport ever! Walked right in and done w security in less than 5 min. $3 air Bart is sweet too.
  • Kristen I.
    Kristen IsaacsJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    When you enter, park at the very end of the row you're assigned to. Those folks get dropped off at their car first on the way back.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Our favorite airport to fly into when traveling to the Bay Area on Southwest. Much more mellow than SFO
  • Jen R.
    Jen RainwaterMarch 4
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this airport ... good size and I like the Pyramid Brewing place to stop for a quick drink!
  • Jason D.
    Jason DukesJanuary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Invest in TSA Pre ✅ for $85. You will speed through the security line in five minutes, get to leave your shoes on and your laptop in your bag.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussNovember 11, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Flight in the high 20's to low 30's gates? Stop by the airport outpost of Fenton's creamery, a true Oakland original.
  • Claro G.
    Claro GarciaApril 16, 2016
    Skip the hussle of paper tickets and use the app. You avoid one line only to get to a much longer security line. It's okay just have more than at least 1 hr before boarding. Safe travels
  • Crystal C.
    Crystal ConnDecember 30, 2014
    Great airport. Small , clean, easy parking and two Starbucks :D
  • Jeni M.
    Jeni MorganOctober 13, 2013
    Even tho we were held hostage and found ourselves stranded, the people of your fair city came thru. Thanks for giving us a wacky story!!!
  • Tanya P.
    Tanya PhamFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Bay Area airport -- usually cheaper flights, and the security line is quick and easy.
  • Joey P.
    Joey PontanillaMarch 29, 2013
    Firewood Grill in Southwest terminal serves up delicious wood-fired thin crust pizza.
  • Brent S.
    Brent SullivanApril 28, 2014
    Make sure that you have $3 in cash handy if you want to ride the AirBART!
  • Mitty C.
    Mitty ChangApril 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The BART to airport connector air tram is new and clean still! Good service.
  • Jonno N.
    Jonno NortonDecember 7, 2011
    Oakland is the Bay Area's, Southwest Airlines hub. It is cheaper to fly SW from Oakland, and there are more flights available.
  • matthew n.
    matthew nakamuraJune 12, 2010
    This airport has a great mom and pop burger joint called burger king. It's a little on the pricier side, but worth it! Ask for the whopper...TRUST ME.
  • Michael M.
    Michael M.September 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Main advantage to OAK compared to SFO is fewer fog/flow control delays. Starbucks near gates 3 and 4 has fast service and seating with outlets.
  • Katie L.
    Katie LanceNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Park 'N Fly is a great place to park - friendly & inexpensive. They pick up at 4E
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BufordOctober 4, 2014
    Ready for my sister love's wedding #houstonbound #gabbysgettingmarried #blakeandgabby #insurrectionwknd #yummydrinksfortheplaneride #dontjudgeitsmything
  • Michael F.
    Michael FoxNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Take a picture of the parking area sign where your car is located. For the wifi access through the airport on an iPhone, use Safari to accept the T&C and watch an ad.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RyanJuly 6, 2011
    Don't forget to hit Peet's in Terminal too. Best coffee in the Bay Area. #insidertips
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NguyenJuly 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    AirBart to Bart is near Carousel 4, where you pick up your bags. It's at the 3rd curb, and then you turn right and you should see it. It's about 12 minutes to the Bart, then you go from there!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MurphyJuly 21, 2014
    Get here early for morning flights! Lines can be huge
  • Lee M.
    Lee McEachernMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are waiting to pick someone up, park in the "Park and Call" lot (From Airport Dr., take the 2nd exit ramp for John Glenn Dr. Straight at the stoplight and follow the signs to the lot) Read more
  • Jennie M.
    Jennie McFarlingAugust 20, 2013
    Tried charging my phone with the USB outlet. Out of 8 I tried, NONE OF THEM WORKED. Was glad I had an elec USB converter.
  • Carmine Gallo
    Carmine GalloMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're traveling to deliver an all important presentation, stop fiddling with slides and start rehearsing. Commit content to memory so you can avoid reading from notes or slides. Now rock it!
  • Jayanthi B.
    App based taxi rides from Terminal 1 can be hauled from curb 2E. Watch out for directions outside the gate entrances to 2E.
  • Crystal
    CrystalOctober 21, 2012
    Middle or left check-in security line is faster. The right is where people with disabilities are likely to jump ahead of the line.
  • tecknicaltom
    tecknicaltomOctober 6, 2012
    The free kiosks have a Safari user-agent, but don't be fooled; they're running Windows.
  • John C.
    John CliftonAugust 20, 2014
    More convenient than SFO if you are going to the east bay. Definitely not as nice as SFO. It will be nice when AirBART is completed.
  • Harris O.
    Harris OrangesNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Did you arrive here early like a good little boy? Well then snag yourself a seat and reward yourself with a beer.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GrubbJuly 12, 2010
    The shuttle vans by the Bart bus stop will often take you to San Francisco for $10, BUT they are not allowed to solicit riders. Ask them for a deal and you'll get it.
  • CitySolve
    CitySolveDecember 27, 2011
    Need a good, reliable & CHEAP shuttle? Call my man Kool. 925.200.0917 or 510.228.2702. He was $20 cheaper than any other door to door shuttle service I called.
  • 99designs
    99designsDecember 3, 2011
    The city of Oakland kicked off their Visit Oakland campaign with a fresh new logo made on 99designs! Check out the contest here: http://bit.ly/tnovR1
  • Douglas W.
    Douglas WorleyOctober 1, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    If coming or going by BART do not forget to have $3 in either cash or BART tickets. They do accept combinations, just so long as it all equals at least $3.
  • Ross H.
    Ross HillesheimNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Bay Area Airport by far. Easy. Quick. Clean. Sexy.
  • Richard C.
    Richard ChenNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    (1) TSA-pre now available! (2) Walk-ups may be let in on a lottery basis. Try it!
  • Kristin W.
    Kristin WolffNovember 1, 2011
    Don't worry about the long line at the ticket machines. Bus takes cash if you can scrounge up $3 (bus will not give change).
  • Don D.
    Don DibertJanuary 1, 2015
    Decent airport. Baggage return slow! Lengthy wait! Definitely room for improvement. However, I would not hesitate to fly Oakland again. One of the nations better airports to travel
  • Colleen O.
    Colleen OrnelasSeptember 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best airport to arrive at from the Inland Empire via Southwest at Ontario airport.
  • Jimmy P.
    Jimmy PowellMarch 22, 2013
    Act fast because all food and drink places close at 9pm except the eight bar in terminal 1...they close at 10pm.
  • Nathan G.
    Nathan GrossFebruary 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wifi is ok; voice and 3G cell coverage is unreliable at best. Try a pretzel bread breakfast sandwich.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Southwest gates have a number of food options when waiting for your flight - NICE!
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