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. Oakland deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Oakland

North Oakland is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Oakland. These include popular favourites such as SAFFRON KITCHEN (5940 College Ave), A16 Rockridge (5356 College Avenue) and Belotti Ristorante e Bottega (5403 College Avenue). If you’re looking for affordable options, Flora - Oakland (1900 Telegraph Ave.) and Dona Tomas (5004 Telegraph Avenue) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Calavera Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar (2337 Broadway Oakland Hive) and Mago (3762 Piedmont Ave) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Oakland.

When to visit Oakland

Oakland in June
Estimated hotel price
S$ 187
1 night at 3-star hotel
Oakland in June
Estimated hotel price
S$ 187
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 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 Singapore departs from Singapore and takes around 14h 30m.

Train

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.

Car

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 Hertz and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.

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.

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 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 Singapore departs from Singapore and takes around 14h 30m.

Train

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.

Car

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 Hertz and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.

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

Lufthansa
Good (4,682 reviews)
KLM
Good (843 reviews)
SWISS
Good (938 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,723 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,197 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,464 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,599 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,110 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,952 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,377 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,198 reviews)
Finnair
Good (786 reviews)
LOT
Good (675 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,172 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
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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 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oakland-Airport. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Oakland, with prices from S$ 18 to S$ 1,192 per night. North Oakland is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Oakland are about 53% 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

Oakland Marriott City Center
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
S$ 198+
Claremont Club and Spa A Fairmont Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
S$ 455+
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
S$ 256+
Waterfront Hotel, part of JdV by Hyatt
3 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
S$ 257+
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 stars
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
S$ 226+
Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport
3 stars
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
S$ 122+

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 9 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay S$ 1.35 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 S$ 16.15 and S$ 21.53. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Intermediate (Jeep Cherokee or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Class Compact Crossover or similar) is, on average, 40% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

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 9 km from the city centre.

Expect to pay S$ 1.35 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 S$ 16.15 and S$ 21.53. The most frequently booked car type in Oakland is Intermediate (Jeep Cherokee or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Class Compact Crossover or similar) is, on average, 40% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.