Downtown Oakland is central not only to the City of Oakland but to the entire Bay Area, but once you get here you won’t want to leave. Luckily, there are many transit options to get around locally including BART and AC Transit. The Free Broadway Shuttle runs every 10-12 minutes along Broadway from the waterfront to Grand Avenue and is free to everyone.
There are many parking options in Oakland Central including street parking, surface lots, and parking garages. All street parking is $2.00 per hour, and the city recently upgraded its parking meters to Smart Meters that accept credit cards and coins. Parkme is an interactive map on desktop or mobile that can even reserve a parking space in lots and garages. More on parking here.
FROM I-80 OR THE BAY BRIDGE, take I-580 Eastbound to the Harrison Street/Oakland Avenue exit. Bear right onto the Harrison Street ramp. Turn right onto Harrison Street and continue approximately one mile.
FROM I-880 NORTHBOUND, keep right at the fork, follow signs for CA-24/I-980/Walnut Creek. Continue onto I-980 East. Take the 17th Street exit toward San Pablo Avenue. Turn right onto 17th Street.
FROM I-580 WESTBOUND, take the Harrison Street exit. Take the first left onto Harrison Street and continue for approximately 1 mile.
FROM CA-24 WESTBOUND, merge onto I-580 Eastbound toward Hayward. Take the Harrison Street/Oakland Avenue exit. Bear right onto the Harrison Street ramp. Turn right onto Harrison Street and continue approximately one mile.
Approximately 5,000 people bicycle in Oakland daily. With a wealth of bicycle paths and bicycle lanes through major thoroughfares, and the concentration of shopping, dining, and entertainment in Oakland Central, biking is a great way to get around. For bike safety tips and training, and more information check out Bike East Bay and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland.