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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!! :-)"(39 Tips)
    Chris Gunrack
    "Easy connection to downtown SF via the AirBart bus and BART"(14 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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....
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Mickey T.
    Mickey TachibanaApril 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraNovember 11, 2014
    Cool airport w/great wifi and comfy! Guard your outlets though they're prime real estate
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 😛
  • 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!
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorAugust 2, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Solid alternative to SFO, less delays, less crowds, easier parking, close to downtown SF.
  • 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!
  • 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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  • 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!
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