Getting around


Transit Information

It is very easy to walk around Downtown Oakland, with many attractions within easy distance of the Oakland Marriott City Center. Other options include taking the Free B on Broadway shuttle, which runs on Broadway between Jack London Square and Grand Ave., with service to Jack London Square (connections to Amtrak Capitol Corridor and the Ferry to San Francisco), Downtown, Uptown, and Lake Merritt. Shuttles run every 10-15 minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (extended until 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).


(510) 465-2278,

The different lines that serve the Oakland 12th Street City Center Station are the Richmond-Fremont, Richmond-Daly City/Millbrae and Pittsburg/Bay Point-SF Int’l Airport/Millbrae. The UC Berkeley campus is served by the Richmond line. For more information on how BART tickets work, see

Note: Although, on BART maps, the various lines are indicated by different colors, BART lines are designated by the last stops on each line. So, for example, the “orange” line travels between Richmond and Fremont; when boarding one of these trains the signs on the station platform and on the trains themselves will say either “Richmond” (if the train is traveling northbound) or “Fremont” (if the train is traveling southbound). Nearly all of the BART lines travel through Downtown Oakland, but please check the maps at the stations to ensure you know which train to board. For information on the lines that travel between Downtown Oakland and the airports, see the “Getting There” page.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit

(510) 891 5470,

The Oakland Marriott City Center is served by 12 local bus lines. Bus service runs throughout the Contra Costa/Alameda County area.


(415) 705-8291,

The Oakland ferry terminal is located at the west end of Jack London Square which is 1/2 mile from the Oakland Marriott City Center. There are 9 terminals throughout the Bay Area including Angel Island, San Francisco, South San Francisco, Alameda, and Vallejo.

The Free B on Broadway

(510) 891-7142,

There are many stops along Broadway, including one at the 11th Street Bus Stop, in front of the Oakland Marriott City Center. This free shuttle runs from Jack London Square to 22nd Street weekdays 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. The weekend and Friday night schedule extends the route up to 27th Street and runs until 1:00 a.m.

Traveling between Downtown Oakland and UC Berkeley

The UC Berkeley campus is approximately 5 miles from the Oakland Marriott City Center. The easiest way to get between the two is on BART. The Berkeley campus is served by the Downtown Berkeley BART Station and the cost for a one-way trip is $1.85. There are also two AC Transit bus lines, line 1 and line 51A/51B, that run between the venues.

RBMS attendees who are staying in the UC Berkeley dorms will be in the Unit 1 Residence Hall, located at 2650 Durant Avenue, 0.9 miles from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station, approximately 20 minutes walk. There is also a taxi stand at the BART station.

Clipper Card

(877) 878-8883,

If you are planning to use public transportation frequently during your stay, you may want to consider getting a Clipper card. Clipper cards may be used on BART, AC Transit, Muni, and several other Bay Area systems.

Walking Directions from Downtown Berkeley BART (printable UC Berkeley campus map:

To Doe Upper Terrace:

  • Exit Berkeley BART Station and head East (towards campus/hills)
  • Cross Shattuck Ave and proceed 1 block up Center St
  • Cross Oxford St onto the UC Berkeley campus
  • Proceed straight ahead, then make slight right onto the footpath through Grinnell Natural Area (grove of eucalyptus trees) to Campanile Way
  • Follow Campanile Way straight ahead (uphill) towards Sather Tower (aka, The Campanile)
  • Turn left at South Hall Rd, passing in front of the Bancroft Library
  • Doe Upper Terrace is immediately adjacent to the Bancroft Library

To Unit 1 Residence Hall (2650 Durant Ave):

  • Exit Berkeley BART Station and head South down Shattuck Ave
  • Walk 4 blocks and turn left onto Durant Ave
  • Proceed East 5 ½ blocks on Durant Ave
  • Unit 1 is on the right

Parking Information for UC Berkeley

In general, driving a personal car to UC Berkeley is not recommended. However, there are public parking options available.

Map of Parking Lots Around UC Berkeley (via Google)

UC Berkeley Campus Visitor Lots

  • Recommended lot: UnderHill Garage – Open 7am-2am. Located 2 blocks from the UC Berkeley campus (approximately 8 min walk to Doe Upper Terrace). Hourly pay parking at all times. Entrance: Channing Way and Haste St. Purchase a parking permit at a Ticket Dispensing Machine, which accepts $1, $5 bills and credit/debit cards only. Rates: $1 for first hour, $2 for each additional hour, $20 maximum.

City of Berkeley Off Street Parking

  • Recommended lot: Telegraph Channing Garage – Open 7am-1am. Located 2 blocks from the UC Berkeley campus (approximately 7 min walk to Doe Upper Terrace). Entrance: Either via Channing Way or Durant Ave. Rates: First hour free, $1 for second hour, $2 for third hour, $3 for fourth hour, $15 maximum (after 4 hours).
  • Recommended lot: Oxford Garage – Open 8am-midnight. Located at 2165 Kittredge St. (beneath the Oxford Plaza/David Brower Center), 1 block from the UC Berkeley campus (approximately 11 min walk to Doe Upper Terrace). Rates: $2 for first hour, $4 for second hour, $6 for third hour, $8 for fourth hour, $17 maximum (after 4 hours).