Oakland travel guide

Oakland Tourism | Oakland Guide

You're Going to Love Oakland

With a population of 390,724, Oakland is a must-see destination in California, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Oakland has to offer.

Where to Eat in Oakland

North Oakland is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Oakland. These include popular favourites such as Commis Dining Room (3859 Piedmont Avenue), Wood Tavern (6317 College Ave.) and Lovely Day (4629 Martin Luther King Jr Way). If you’re looking for affordable options, A Cote (5478 College Ave) and Scott's Seafood - Oakland (2 Broadway) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Ikaros Greek Restaurant (3268 Grand Ave) and Low Bar Oakland (2300 Webster St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Oakland.

When to visit Oakland

Oakland in January
Estimated hotel price
£110
1 night at 3-star hotel
Oakland in January
Estimated hotel price
£110
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Oakland in August, when the average temperature is 19 °C, and the highest can go up to 23 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 7 °C, with an average temperature of 11 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 122 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Oakland, with an average rainfall of 0 mm.

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How to Get to Oakland

Plane

Oakland is served by 2 airports: Oakland Airport (OAK) and San Francisco Airport (SFO). The closest to the city centre of Oakland is Oakland Airport, which is located 7 miles from the city centre. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 14 miles from the centre of Oakland. The shortest flight to Oakland from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 11h.

Train

Located 0.7 miles from the city centre, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 5 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 8 miles from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Budget and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.5 miles from the city centre of Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.5 miles from the city centre.

Plane

Oakland is served by 2 airports: Oakland Airport (OAK) and San Francisco Airport (SFO). The closest to the city centre of Oakland is Oakland Airport, which is located 7 miles from the city centre. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 14 miles from the centre of Oakland. The shortest flight to Oakland from the United Kingdom departs from London and takes around 11h.

Train

Located 0.7 miles from the city centre, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 5 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 8 miles from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Budget and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.

Bus

The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.5 miles from the city centre of Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.5 miles from the city centre.

Airports near Oakland

Airlines serving Oakland

Lufthansa
Good (7,355 reviews)
KLM
Good (1,417 reviews)
SWISS
Good (1,799 reviews)
British Airways
Good (6,717 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (3,762 reviews)
Delta
Excellent (9,628 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (933 reviews)
Iberia
Good (2,672 reviews)
Air France
Good (1,622 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (3,753 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (10,083 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (4,161 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (7,353 reviews)
LOT
Good (1,408 reviews)
Finnair
Good (1,332 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (1,331 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,986 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (1,367 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (1,286 reviews)
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Where to stay in Oakland

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Ramada by Wyndham Oakland Downtown City Center and Civic Center Lodge. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Oakland, with prices from £10 to £687 per night. North Oakland is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Oakland are about 49% more expensive than a hotel room in the city.

Most popular hotel in Oakland by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Oakland

Most booked hotels in Oakland

Bay Landing Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£94+
Oakland Marriott City Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
£109+
Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£277+
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£140+
The Westin San Francisco Airport
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£124+
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
£128+

Hiring a car in Oakland

Hiring a car in Oakland costs £54 per day, on average, or £160 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Europcar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Oakland is the Fox branch at 7600 Earhart Road, which is 6 miles from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 13% more expensive than at San Francisco.

Expect to pay £0.79 per litre in Oakland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £9.40 and £12.53. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard car hire (Chevrolet Trailblazer or similar) is, on average, 44% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Oakland costs £54 per day, on average, or £160 if you want to hire it for 3 days. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and Europcar are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Oakland is the Fox branch at 7600 Earhart Road, which is 6 miles from the city centre.

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 13% more expensive than at San Francisco.

Expect to pay £0.79 per litre in Oakland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £9.40 and £12.53. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard car hire (Chevrolet Trailblazer or similar) is, on average, 44% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.