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San Francisco to Oakland drive

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  San Francisco
 Union Square
 Lake Merritt
   Oakland 
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Francisco to Oakland road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Francisco to Oakland. If you're planning a road trip to Oakland, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Francisco and Oakland. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Francisco and Oakland. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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11:00 am  start in San Francisco
drive for about 5 minutes

11:05 am  Union Square
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:05 pm
drive for about 16 minutes

12:21 pm  Lake Merritt
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:21 pm
drive for about 5 minutes

1:26 pm  arrive in Oakland

driving ≈ 22 minutes




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Where should I stop along the way?

Union Square  (78 mentions)

Lake Merritt  (19 mentions)


Where's the best place to eat in Oakland?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Chez Panisse, which was mentioned 9 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Arinell Pizza Inc  (6 mentions)
The Trappist  (4 mentions)
Comal  (3 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Oakland? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Oakland?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Lake Merritt  (16 mentions)
UC Berkeley  (8 mentions)
Jack London Square  (7 mentions)
Ici Ice Cream  (5 mentions)
College Ave  (5 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Oakland. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jack from England asked:
What is Oakland like?  (7 answers)

profile  Jillian from Los Angeles asked:
First time in Oakland with 1 day to explore  (7 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Oakland?  (6 answers)

profile  Sheldon from asked:
A good neighborhood in Oakland for rental?  (3 answers)

profile  Allie from Portland asked:
Best bites to eat in Oakland?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Oakland.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Oakland to San Francisco drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Francisco to Oakland. Or get a full San Francisco to Oakland flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Francisco well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Francisco!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 12 miles
driving time of 22 minutes
628 San Francisco travel answers
57 Oakland travel answers





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