Berkeley Convention & Visitor’s Bureau– How to navigate City of Berkeley

Airport Transportation

OAK—Oakland International Airport:

AirBART: Middle island outside terminal. $3.00 one-way fare (payable in exact change or BART ticket.)Runs to the Oakland Coliseum BART station. Avg. 10-15 min. ride.

BART: Fare from Coliseum to Downtown Berkeley station is $2.35 one-way. Avg. 20 min ride.—AC Transit: #73 runs to OAK; take to International Blvd. Transfer to #1 or #1R (limited stops.)Note: this very low-cost option can take a long time to get all the way into Berkeley; may not be best forthose unfamiliar w/AC Transit or East Oakland neighborhoods.

SFO—San Francisco International Airport:

In domestic terminals (1-3), find the free AirTrain to the BART station entrance in the Int’l Terminal.BART: Fare from SFO to Downtown Berkeley station is $8.65 one-way. Avg. 1 hour ride.

Other Airport options — Shuttle Services:

These shuttle companies serve both airports. Fares vary and reservations can be made online in advance.

Downtown Berkeley station used only as example; it may be the nearest stop to many hotels west alongUniversity Avenue, or east towards campus, though not all are within comfortable walking distance. Outside the Downtown Berkeley station, you are at a central AC Transit bus hub along Shattuck. You mayalso find a taxi. Taxi stand is on west side of Shattuck Avenue, along Center Street. In some cases the North Berkeley BART station is closer to hotels near Sacramento Street or further west along University. For more information on BART trains —

Important: Purchase a fare card from a machine outside the turnstile before entering. Trains are identified by their final destination. Berkeley stops are along the ‘Richmond’ line. If coming fromSFO, you may need to transfer; recommend 19th Street/Oakland station for this. Trains run much lessfrequently on weekends than on weekdays. Check schedules and allow plenty of time for return trips.BART stops running at midnight; you may need an AC transit bus for late-night service.

For more information on AC Transit Buses—

Most useful lines to campus from major hotels are:

51B local (west to Marina/Amtrak) & F Transbay (Emeryville hotels; San Francisco Transbay terminal.) Stops along Bancroft Way, near conference venues.

Fares are $2 for adults (over 19); $1 for youth (18 & under). 18 year-olds may be asked for I.D.
When transferring from BART, You can save $0.25 by obtaining a transfer ticket before exiting the BARTfare gate.
Always ask for a transfer card when paying your bus fare. Transfer + $0.25 is good for local bus-to-bustransfers w/in 2 hours. If you pay for a Transbay bus fare ($$2. youth) then the transfer to a localbus is free w/transfer card.
If staying at the Marina Doubletree, please check on their hotel shuttle to campus; 51B only runs to

Marina on limited schedule until 9pm. Terminates at 3rd Street & University at other times.


Driving Directions and Campus Maps

Please see the links to directions and a variety of maps of campus:

Recommend printing the ‘printable map’. It shows the Downtown Berkeley BART station. UC Parking lot maps use Google maps, which can be confusing, but do show relative position of campusto the rest of the city.

Parking in town and on or around campus

If you are driving, please check with your host or hotel about parking arrangements or limitations. For those of you with host housing, we are striving to get hosts within walking distance to avoid dailydrives to campus once you are in town. During the conference weekend, there are a number of competing events on campus during the day(other conferences) and night (performances, athletic events.) All of these are in competition for parkingspaces near campus, some lots or spaces are specifically reserved for these events.

Be aware that City of Berkeley parking enforcement is notoriously strict. There is a zone of enforcementon all surface streets around campus in effect 8am-7pm, which includes weekend days in certainneighborhoods. Streets closest to campus are metered; most zones are only for 1-2 hours andthe ‘meters’ are now pay station machines which only accept coins or credit cards. Meter rate is $1.50/hr. Meters or street parking are NOT recommended if you plan to stay at the conference for the day.

City of Berkeley Off-street Parking Garages

The closest garage to main conference venue is the Telegraph/Channing garage (enter on Durant belowTelegraph.) These garages are not cheap, especially if you park longer than 4 hours. Though you arenot subject to the 2-hour limit, the garages do close and hours vary. Parking stubs can be validated forreduced rates through qualifying purchases at Telegraph-area merchants. See website for details.

Campus Parking Lots

Some campus lots allow for public hourly parking (i.e., Underhill, Ellsworth Lots) at the rate of $1.50/hr.Some lots restricted to permits during work hours are available to the public after 5pm and on weekends.Note that some lots are subject to be reserved for campus events. Especially on Saturday afternoon ,there will be a Men’s Basketball game (vs. Stanford; time still TBA) and only campus lots on the NorthSide (i.e., Hearst) will be available. Vehicles will be cited and towed.
Please check all signage and instructions carefully before parking. Please be aware there is no overnight(2am-5am) parking in campus lots. Special Note regarding Vans: some parking structures have a height limit.

ADA Transportation & Campus Access

For information & maps specific to ADA needs. Please be in touch with conference organizers in advance
regarding accommodations.

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