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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!! :-)"(34 Tips)
    Michelle M.
    "easy access by BART- airBart"(16 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 15
  • 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
  • Marc W.
    Marc WolenikMarch 23, 2011
    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....
  • 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.
  • Nina
    NinaAugust 15, 2013
    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.
  • Patti L.
    Patti LewDecember 23, 2011
    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.
  • Joyce T.
    Some of the nicest, friendliest, most competent and speedy TSA folks anywhere. They are great. So different than SJC or SFO.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • MsTwixt M.
    MsTwixt MsTwixtJuly 7, 2015
    @Essie nail polish vending machine in Terminal 2 (By @SouthwestAir) is very cool. Same price as stores; great color selection. Perfect for flight delays!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted Aug 5
  • Bryce R.
    Bryce RobertsDecember 2, 2012
    Über has a fixed rate into San Francisco of $85 which is usually equal to or cheaper than taxi + tip. Cabs out of OAK are the grossest in the Bay Area. this is an IQ test people!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • B N.
    B NashMay 13, 2013
    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!
  • Yongho K.
    Yongho KimMarch 2, 2010
    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)
  • Peter R.
    Peter RogersMarch 12, 2010
    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
  • Douglas W.
    Douglas WorleyOctober 1, 2009
    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.
  • 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!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 15, 2014
    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
  • 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!
  • Deepak
    DeepakApril 22, 2013
    Want to get to BART station quickly? Take the AC Transit Route 73 bus headed to Eastmont Transit Center. Cheaper and quicker than Air BART and there are usually no long lines. Clipper cards accepted.
  • 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!
  • DJ Kyu
    DJ KyuOctober 8, 2014
    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.
  • Mickey T.
    Mickey TachibanaApril 27, 2013
    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.
  • Marshall K.
    Marshall KurtzJanuary 6, 2011
    Definitely usually cheaper, but if you're coming from San Francisco plan on driving or using a shuttle/cab as the mass transit route to OAK isn't direct and the transfer point is not in a safe area.
    Downvoted Aug 1
  • 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
  • Louie 李景雲 L.
    Louie 李景雲 LeeDecember 25, 2015
    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!
  • 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!
  • AD N.
    AD NysJuly 22, 2011
    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.
  • Lee M.
    Lee McEachernMarch 18, 2010
    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
  • Bonnie J.
    Bonnie JoyOctober 6, 2011
    Otaez restaurant in terminal 2 has the best deal on food! It was only $6.25 for super nachos that easily feed two people!
  • Gary W.
    Gary WJuly 27
    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.
  • 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.
  • George A.
    George AllenNovember 30, 2010
    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)!
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NguyenJuly 8, 2010
    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!
  • 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!
  • Mike G.
    Mike GreshamAugust 10, 2015
    Southwest terminal is smooth sailing in the morning, whereas you'll want to allow some time for any other airline.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FoxNovember 16, 2010
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CollinsNovember 27, 2010
    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
  • 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.
  • DJ Kyu
    DJ KyuMarch 15, 2014
    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
  • WineSoiree A.
    Go to VinoVolo in Teminal2. Awesoen wine flights and great food. They hav re-defined the mening of airport diming and airport bars!
  • Craig V.
    Solid alternative to SFO, less delays, less crowds, easier parking, close to downtown SF.
  • Ashley F.
    Ashley FullerMarch 21, 2011
    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.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraNovember 11, 2014
    Cool airport w/great wifi and comfy! Guard your outlets though they're prime real estate
  • 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!
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