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Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

Central East Oakland, Oakland
  • 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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  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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 $3
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 11, 2012
    Top Dining Options: Heinold’s First and Last Chance, Terminal 1; Fenton’s Ice Cream, Terminal 2; Pyramid Ale Taproom, Terminal 2; California Pizza Kitchen, Terminal 2; Silver Dragon, Terminal 1. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Tripti B.
    Tripti BurmanAugust 26, 2014
    Lots of private parking lots where you can get parking for as low as 5$ a day with prior online booking. Have tried 'park n travel' and was very pleased. Perfect for a weekend trip.
    Upvoted Jul 15
  • 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....
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Claro G.
    Claro GarciaApril 16
    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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 prepared to wait if
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Benedict C.
    Benedict CorpuzMay 17, 2012
    No matter what airline your fly, make sure you're at the gate 45 minutes to an hour prior to departure. Doors close 10 minutes prior to departure. Airplanes don't wait for you, YOU wait for airplanes.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mike H.
    Mike HowardSeptember 22, 2013
    Don't eat at Maxs deli. Steadily going downhill. Watery turkey, wilted onions, no potato salad, no wheat bread. It was gross. $2.79 for a little bag of chips. Corp in San Ramon should be embarrassed
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Damon J.
    Damon JamalFebruary 2, 2012
    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)
  • Michael S.
    Michael SchneiderNovember 11, 2014
    Really hate this airport. It is dirty and smells. Limited options for food. One place had music so loud it was echoing throughout the gate. Get me out of here and I am not coming back.
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  • 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.
  • Broadcom
    BroadcomJanuary 6, 2012
    Headed to Vegas for CES? When you arrive, avoid long taxi lines and expensive fares by opting for the Westcliff Airport Express (WAX) on the zero level at the south end of the bus plaza.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
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  • Jennifer
    JenniferAugust 15, 2010
    If you are flying Southwest and need to check bags, print your boarding pass at home. You can use express bag check and avoid getting stuck in the other check-in line behind less savvy travellers.
  • 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.
  • Carmine Gallo
    Carmine GalloMarch 11, 2011
    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!
  • David G.
    David GivotOctober 9, 2013
    BEWARE!! "Eight Bar" across from Gate 9 does NOT give free refills on club soda -- but they won't tell you that until after they have refilled your glass. #RipOff
  • 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)!
  • 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!
  • 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.
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