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Traveling to Berkeley

On this page, you will find information about Berkeley and travel options.

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Practical infos


Berkeley is a vibrant city located in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California. Renowned for its progressive culture and world-renowned university, Berkeley is a lively intellectual and cultural hub. Nestled between the hills of the East Bay, the city offers stunning views of the bay and a variety of outdoor activities. Its dynamic downtown area boasts an eclectic culinary scene and vibrant nightlife.


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How to get there

Berkeley's strategic location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area provides convenient transportation connections with major cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. The city is easily accessible by various modes of transportation.

For those arriving by air, the closest airports to Berkeley are Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO). From these airports, travelers can take shuttles, taxis, or rental cars to reach Berkeley.

Additionally, Berkeley is well-connected by major highways, including Interstate 80 and Interstate 580, making it easily accessible by car from neighboring cities and regions. From San Francisco, Berkeley is just a short drive across the iconic Bay Bridge.

From the airport to the accommodation.

You can take the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit):

  • For $11, it takes 1 hour and 15 minutes from San Francisco
  • For $9, it takes 50 minutes from Oakland

You can also take a taxi. It takes 35 minutes from San Francisco and 25 minutes from Oakland. The approximate cost for San Francisco is $165 and for Oakland is $110.

Here is a list of recommended taxi websites.: Green Cab, Yellow Cab, and Taxi Bay Area. 

Public transportation within Berkeley is efficient and convenient, with the AC Transit bus system providing extensive coverage throughout the city and connecting it to neighboring communities. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) also serves Berkeley with several stations, offering quick and easy access to San Francisco and other Bay Area destinations.

Visa information

You might need a visa to travel to the US. Information about visa requirements can be found here. If you need a visa, we recommend that you start your visa application as early as possible. 

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