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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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Bryce R.
    Bryce RobertsDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Joyce T.
    Joyce TompsettAugust 21
    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 Sep 19
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 25+ 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
  • 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!
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NysJuly 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraNovember 11, 2014
    Cool airport w/great wifi and comfy! Guard your outlets though they're prime real estate
  • Brad Friedman
    Brad FriedmanOctober 10
    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.
  • 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. :)
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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!
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MachadoMay 4, 2012
    Free WiFi, comfy chairs, easy access by BART- airBart, security is quick.. Pleasant experience.
  • 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.
  • 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)!
  • 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.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VillamorAugust 2
    Been here 10+ times
    Solid alternative to SFO, less delays, less crowds, easier parking, close to downtown SF.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 😛
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