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.

Where to Eat in Oakland

North Oakland is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Oakland. These include popular favourites such as The Wolf - Oakland (3853 Piedmont Ave), Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant (5655 College Ave) and Millennium Oakland (5912 College Ave). If you’re looking for affordable options, Soi4 Bangkok Eatery (5421 College Ave) and The Fat Lady Bar & Restaurant (201 Washington St) are great picks.

When to visit Oakland

Oakland in December
Estimated hotel price
₹ 11748
1 night at 3-star hotel
Oakland in December
Estimated hotel price
₹ 11748
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


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 11 km from the city centre. Further away is San Francisco Airport, 22 km from the centre of Oakland. The shortest flight to Oakland from India departs from Mumbai and takes around 16h.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Oakland. The train journey from Oakland to Santa Clara takes 1h 01m and costs around ₹ 1,486 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from San Jose, expect to pay about ₹ 1,569 for a 1h 15m trip. Located 1.2 km from the city centre, Oakland Jack London Square is the busiest station in Oakland. Another popular train station is Oakland Coliseum, located 9 km from the centre.


Another option to get to Oakland is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 13 km from Oakland. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Hertz, among others, in San Francisco.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Oakland, including FlixBus, Megabus and Bus. The most popular bus station is Oakland, located 0.8 km from the city centre of Oakland. Oakland Jack London is also a commonly used station, and is 0.8 km from the city centre.

Airports near Oakland

Airlines serving Oakland

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,738 reviews)
Air France
Good (638 reviews)
United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
Good (1,702 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (322 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (2,667 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (162 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Where to stay in Oakland

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hampton Inn Oakland Downtown-City Center and Piedmont Place. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Oakland, with prices from ₹ 1,073 to ₹ 42,269 per night. North Oakland is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Oakland are about 107% 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
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
₹ 8,090+
Oakland Marriott City Center
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
₹ 11,393+
Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
₹ 26,666+
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland-Airport
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
₹ 14,117+
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
₹ 13,374+
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
₹ 11,888+

Hiring a car in Oakland

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 4147 km from the city centre.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 2% cheaper than airport locations in Oakland.

Expect to pay ₹ 83 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 ₹ 1,001 and ₹ 1,334. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Economy (Class Economy Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Ford Focus or similar) is, on average, 26% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.