Getting to Berkeley

Airport Transportation

The UC Berkeley campus is located 30 minutes from the Oakland International Airport and 55 minutes from the San Francisco International Airport, by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Shuttle service ($39) is also available, but may well take longer than BART during rush hour.

BART from San Francisco International Airport:  Take a Pittsburg/Baypoint train and transfer to a Richmond train at the 19th Street station in Oakland, with your final destination being “Downtown Berkeley.” The cost is $9.55.

From Oakland International Airport: Take BART extension to the Coliseum BART station. Transfer to a Richmond train to the Downtown Berkeley station. The cost is $8.60. Southwest Airlines and Jetblue are the main carriers for Oakland.

Shuttle Service From the San Francisco and Oakland Airports

The Bayporter Express offers shuttle service to and from both airports. They require a minimum 24-hour advance reservation. The shuttle from the San Francisco Airport to Berkeley is $39 and $29 from The Oakland Airport. This shuttle service operates between 3:30 a.m. and midnight to San Francisco and 3:30 to 11 pm to Oakland Airport. Reservations are recommended.

Taxis and Rental Cars

Cab fare from the Oakland Airport to downtown Berkeley is approximately $35.00. Cab fare from the San Francisco Airport to downtown Berkeley is approximately $45-50.00. Most major car rental agencies, including Hertz and Avis, are located at both airports.


Parking on campus is expensive and difficult. For those of you seeking parking, please go to the UC Berkeley’s Parking and Transportation website.