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About Oakland

Oakland, CA is a port city that is beginning to step out of the shadow of San Francisco, its neighbor to the west. Every visitor should start their Oakland trip in the downtown area and Old Oakland, the city's historic quarter full of quaint old buildings. While here, don't forget to take a short detour to Oakland's famous Chinatown as well. The African American Museum and Library at Oakland tells the history of Black communities in the area and is definitely worth a stop. For those who would prefer to stay close to nature, Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park's abundance of redwood groves will offer amazing views.

Oakland's food scene is vibrant and diverse, with a wide range of offerings for all budgets. Enssaro is a popular local name with mid-range dishes that will whet your appetite. For an excellent haute-cuisine dinner, head towards The Wolf.

It's easy to get around the Bay Area on local public transit (called the BART, for Bay Area Rapid Transit). Getting to Oakland from further afield is also a breeze thanks to many intercity bus routes in the area and Amtrak's Capitol Corridor train, which stops in Oakland. Flights arrive at the Oakland International Airport, but several additional airport options in the larger Bay Area are also available.

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245 Second St  - OAKAMT-0

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246 Second St  - OAKAMT-1

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The Jack London Station in Oakland opened in 1995, replacing 16th Street Station, which was extensively damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The station was named after the famous writer Jack London, as he spent much of his life in the area. It is a contemporary glass and stone structure located on the easternmost corner of Jack London Square. The square, which fronts a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, was formerly the hub of Oakland's port activities, connecting the maritime and agricultural sectors. It is still an active and bustling waterfront today. Amtrak's Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, and San Joaquins trains serve the station. It is the 10th busiest of Amtrak's 74 California stops, boarding or de-boarding an average of 1,142 people per day.

Popular train stations in Oakland:

  • 245 Second St

  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave

What train companies travel to Oakland, California?

Located in California, Oakland is accessible by train from 41 other cities. You can choose from 305 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Oakland on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Oakland are also available..

Train companies serving Oakland

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak29416h 15m€95.95
Amtrak Coast Starlight266h 33m€52.21
Amtrak Capitol Corridor151h 9m€17.43
Amtrak San Joaquins133h 55m€23.90
  • Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.

  • The Coast Starlight is an Amtrak train that travels the entire length of the West Coast, connecting Los Angeles to Seattle. The route starts hugging the California coastline, treating passengers to swoon-worthy views of the Pacific, before continuing into the verdant forests of the Cascade Mountains. The Coast Starlight indisputably earns its spot among the most scenic Amtrak train routes. Seating options include Coach or Business Class and roomettes or bedrooms for extra space.

  • Since 1991, Capitol Corridor has connected Auburn to San Jose, with stops in Sacramento, Oakland, Berkeley, and 15 other cities in Northern California. The route's convenient transport to various cities includes breathtaking scenery guaranteed to help pass the time. Each train offers onboard WiFi and a cafe car for the comfort of passengers, as well as ample bicycle and luggage storage.

  • After becoming a permanent Amtrak rail route in 1974, the San Joaquins has offered train services throughout California and the San Joaquin Valley. The line runs daily from the San Francisco Bay Area to Bakersfield, with many stops in between, including Martinez and Modesto. Although Amtrak San Joaquins is one of the nation's busiest routes, it is renowned for being impeccably clean and safe, with passenger comfort remaining the carrier's highest priority. Most of the trains on this line are equipped with lavatories, onboard WiFi, disabled access, and personal power outlets, ensuring a comfortable journey for every passenger.

Which train service has the best service to Oakland?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Oakland by train with Amtrak Capitol Corridor giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Capitol Corridor had the most comfortable train service to Oakland taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Capitol Corridor offers. They rate Amtrak Capitol Corridor a 4.9 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Oakland punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Capitol Corridor has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Oakland, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€1.85 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Oakland, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Oakland. In the last month, trains from Emeryville to Oakland had the lowest average price at €6.22.

The busiest train station in Oakland is 245 Second St. As Oakland's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave.

The closest airport to Oakland is Metropolitan Oakland Intl Airport (OAK), it is located 6.4 miles from the city center of Oakland.
Oakland ranks number 11 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 64 in United States. Oakland ranks number 5 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Oakland via train service. On average 264 direct daily train trips serve Oakland.
The population of Oakland is 419267. Oakland ranks number 6 in terms of population in California and number 60 in all of United States.
Train tickets to Oakland range from €2 for a short trip to Oakland, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Oakland starts at , and a longer trip by train to Oakland can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as €55.
People who take the train to Oakland are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Oakland easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Oakland is 245 Second St, located just 0.7 miles away. Select 245 Second St as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Oakland. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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