Getting Here by Public transportation

  • The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) rail system connects Berkeley with downtown Oakland, downtown San Francisco, and both San Francisco (SFO) and Oakland (OAK) airports.
  • From OAK, take the $2 AirBART shuttle bus from any terminal to reach the Coliseum BART station, and take a train marked Richmond; get off at the Downtown Berkeley station. Travel time is about half an hour, trains run every 15 minutes.
  • From SFO, take BART directly from inside the International terminal. The train will be marked San Francisco/Dublin/Pleasanton and you will have to transfer at Balboa Park station to board a Richmond train (same platform). Travel time is about an hour, trains run every 15 minutes.
  • From downtown Berkeley, you can either walk to Soda Hall (takes about 15 minutes) or catch the Perimeter Shuttle, which runs every 12 minutes (:00, :12, etc.) and costs $1. Board the shuttle near the Bank of America on the corner of Shattuck and Center streets and ask the driver to let you off at Cory Hall. Soda Hall is the large green building across the street from Cory.

Driving from Oakland Airport or the East Bay (note: driving time is 25-30 minutes with no traffic, 40-45 minutes with moderate (typical) traffic)

  • Take Interstate 880 north to Interstate 980 (Downtown Oakland) to Interstate 80 East.
  • Exit I-80 east at University Avenue and turn right at the top of the ramp. Continue to the end of University Avenue and turn left (this is Oxford Street), but stay in the right lane so you can make an immediate right onto Hearst Avenue. Continue past the traffic light at Euclid Ave.

Driving from the Peninsula, San Francisco, or SFO Airport

  • Driving time from SFO is about 45 minutes with no traffic, about an hour with moderate (typical) traffic; can be far worse at rush hours.
  • Take Highway 101 North to the Bay Bridge and go across the bridge. Follow signs for Interstate 80 East; then proceed as above.

Parking Instructions for AMPLab Visitors

  • If you have a UC Parking Permit, the closest parking garage is at La Loma Avenue, one block up Hearst from Soda Hall. If this garage is full, there is a joint public/UC parking garage two blocks down Hearst from Soda Hall at the corner of Scenic Avenue. This garage offers both UC Permit Parking and paid public parking. Be aware that only cash is accepted in this parking garage. If you plan to stay beyond 5pm, and the parking attendant has parked your car and has your car keys, then you must pick your keys up before 5pm (this is when the parking attendant goes off duty).
  • The streets around Soda Hall include both 1-2 hour metered parking (pay with coins or credit card) and unpaid 2-hour City of Berkeley parking. Be aware that street parking is difficult to come by and parking restrictions are strictly enforced.

AMPLab Building Entrance

  • Enter Soda Hall on the corner of Hearst and Le Roy. The AMPLab is the first door on the left hand side as you enter the building (Room # 465). Note: if the door is locked…please ring the doorbell.

Lodging (close to UCB and RAD Lab)

Berkeley Faculty Club
University of California #6050
Berkeley, CA 94720-0001
(510) 540-5678

Hotel Durant
Address: 2600 Durant Ave.
2600 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Voice: 510.845.8981
Fax: 510.486.8336
Reservations: 1.510.845.8981

Bancroft Hotel
Address: 2680 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 549-1000

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
2086 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 845-7300
Toll Free: (866) 466-9199
Fax: (510) 845-7320