Located only a few miles from the San Francisco border, Oakland is one of the most famous sister-cities in California. However close to San Francisco it may be in miles, Oakland is far from the eccentricity of its neighboring bay city. Oakland is one of the busiest industrial ports on the West Coast and while its working-class personality remains the heartbeat of the city, “Oak-town” welcomes a slew of visitors every year who enjoy taking part in the simpler Californian lifestyle.

Book flights to Oakland during sports season and catch the MLB’s Oakland Athletics or the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in action at McAfee Coliseum. Outdoorsy travelers will enjoy a sailboat ride along Lake Merritt or a stroll through one of the many outdoor festivals that Oakland puts on every summer. Don’t dismiss Oakland as second-rate city just because it’s neighboring San Francisco is a mecca for entertainment. Grab a cheap flight to Oakland and take in some of the best shows, theater, and museums California has to offer.

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Oakland climate

The Oakland weather is cool to mild throughout the year, with foggy summers and wet winters. Summers in Oakland are cooler than other parts of inland California and winters are mild during the day, with temperatures seldom dropping below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Best Time to Fly to Oakland

Thanks to the beautiful California weather, there is no bad time to book Oakland flights and hotels.

Peak Season

Peak season is normally dictated by school vacations and family travel plans around the holidays. Flights to Oakland are packed in the summer time and most major attractions are full with tourists. Christmas season and the New Year are also peak times to travel to Oakland.

Off Season

Oakland sees a dip in tourists during spring and fall, when school is in session. However, this is also a good time to book cheap flights to Oakland.

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Getting around Oakland

You can get back and forth from San Francisco to Oakland on the city’s BART system. It has one of the longest underwater transit tunnels in the world, taking you under the bay to San Francisco city. Fares are reasonable and children under age five ride for free. The trains run all week long, but times vary on the weekends, so check one of the schedules posted around the city.  

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Oakland Travel Information

  • Oakland Lakeside Park welcomes the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival every weekend in August. Performances are absolutely free and each year is a different play.
  • If you want tickets to a baseball game, go online and buy your Oakland A's seats ahead of time. The regular baseball season runs from March to September.
  • Take a trip to the Oakland Museum of California and get a history lesson like you've never experienced. Learn about the state and its people, history, culture, geology, art, environment, and ecology. The museum features exhibitions of works by California artists, collections of historic artifacts and historic re-creations of California's major movements including the 2006 earthquake and a tribute to baseball, which showcases artifacts and photos from America's favorite pastime.

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Oakland airports

Oakland International Airport (OAK):www.oaklandairport.com is located 12 miles southeast of Oakland

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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