Alameda has a wealth of transportation options - high quality bus and ferry service to Oakland and San Francisco, sidewalks on almost all streets, and bikeways across town and next to the water. The 25 mile per hour speed limit on most streets makes it attractive for people of all ages to walk and bike.
Use these pages to find out more about transportation in Alameda.
Visit 511.org to plan your trip and find an overview of all transportation options in the Bay Area.
Bus: Alameda is served by AC Transit (including express bus service to and from San Francisco) and BART at several nearby stations in Oakland (12th Street, Fruitvale and Lake Merritt).
Business Shuttles: There are two business-operated shuttles that are free and open to the public:
- The Harbor Bay Business Park Shuttle to BART, which runs from the Coliseum BART Station to the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal with stops in the business park along the way, and is operated by the Harbor Bay Business Park Association.
- The Alameda Landing Express, runs on weekdays between Target and 12th Street BART in Downtown Oakland, and is operated by Alameda Landing.
Maps: Find your way around using the Bicycle and Walking Map of Alameda published by Bike Walk Alameda. Hard copies of the latest map can be found at many locations around town. And, the map is also online here. Find a route using Google bikeways map. Plan a ride on the Bay Trail here.
Education: Increase your bicycling safety skills with a FREE class or workshop, targeted to adults, teens and families offered by Bike East Bay.
E-Bikes: People who live in Alameda have three potential electric bike rebate programs for which they may qualify:
- Your community-owned electric utility (Alameda Municipal Power) offers an electric bicycle rebate of up to $300, and up to $600 for income-qualified customers to purchase a new or used electric bicycle.
- If you are a resident member of the Alameda Transportation Management Association (includes Alameda Point, Mulberry, Marina Shores, Alta Star Harbor (Del Monte) and Alameda Marina, you're eligible for an additional rebate!
- The state of California is also developing an e-bike rebate program, to be launched in 2023. Income-qualifying applicants will be able to get a voucher voucher of up to $1,000 for a regular e-bike and up to $1,750 for a cargo or adaptive e-bike. People whose income is under 225% FPL or who live in disadvantaged (DAC) census tracts qualify for additional incentives of up to $250.
- Find out more about e-bike rebates across the Bay Area and beyond here.
Parking at Lockers: On-demand, shared-use bicycle lockers are available around the city, as listed below. These very low-cost lockers use the BikeLink system and cost $0.05 per hour. Access the lockers in one of three ways:
Alameda lockers (map):
- Main Street Ferry Terminal - 20 spaces
- Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal - 24 spaces
- Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal - 24 spaces
- Webster Street & Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway intersection (@ Cross Alameda Trail) - 12 spaces;
- Civic Center Parking Garage - 16 spaces [Note: BikeLink card only - not Clipper and App enabled]
- City Hall - 4 spaces
- Alameda Landing Shopping Center - 24 spaces [Note: BikeLink card only - not Clipper and App enabled]
- NEW! Bohol Circle Immigrant Park (on Estuary @ foot of Fifth Street) - 12 spaces
Parking at BART Bike Station: At the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, secure parking can be found at the Fruitvale Bike Station, which also has a full-service bike repair shop.
Parking at Racks : There are many bike racks around town. If you'd like to see one added somewhere, submit a See Click Fix request and the location will be added to a rolling list.
Bicycle theft: Reduce the chances of your bike being stolen by using these simple tips (lots more detail here):
Use a strong, high-quality lock. Do not rely just on cable locks which are easily cut. A newer U-lock, plus a thick cable, work well together. Spending $40 or more on a lock may seem like a lot, but it’s cheaper than replacing an entire bike.
Lock your frame and at least one wheel to the rack. The best lock in the world will not save your bike if you only lock your wheel to the rack. Look for racks in locations with good visibility.
Register your bike now at the free registry, Bike Index, via Bike East Bay, to help you retrieve your bike if it’s ever stolen.
Alameda has three ferry terminals that link the city to central San Francisco in about 20 minutes, to high tech jobs in South San Francisco, and to Oakland via a “Short Hop” where you can connect to downtown Oakland via bike or AC Transit. The service is operated by San Francisco Bay Ferry.
Seaplane Lagoon has direct service to Downtown San Francisco. There are many options to get to the terminal:
Main Street has direct service to Jack London Square in Oakland (called the Short Hop); and to Downtown San Francisco and South San Francisco. Service is offered midday, evenings and on weekends. There is also game-day service to Chase Center and Oracle Park.
Harbor Bay provides direct service to the San Francisco Ferry Building. There are many options to get to the terminal:
Walking, bicycling, taking transit and carpooling are all great ways to get to school in a healthy and sustainable way. Follow these safety tips(PDF, 247KB) as you plan how you and your family will get to school, no matter how you choose to travel there.
Suggested Routes Maps for each school are below. Review the best route for your child to walk or bike to school. Print out the tips for getting to school safely, too.
| Academy of Alameda Map(PDF, 557KB)
|| Edison Map(PDF, 205KB)
|| Maya Lin Map + Tips(PDF, 2MB)
|| Ruby Bridges Map(PDF, 434KB)
| Alameda Community Learning Center Map(PDF, 550KB)
|| Franklin Map + Tips(PDF, 1MB)
|| Nea Map(PDF, 551KB)
||Wood Map + Tips(PDF, 3MB)
| Amelia Earhart Map(PDF, 445KB)
|| Haight Map + Tips(PDF, 1MB)
|| Otis Map(PDF, 233KB)
| Bay Farm Map(PDF, 410KB)
|| Lincoln Map + Tips(PDF, 2MB)
|| Paden Map(PDF, 463KB)
School Bus Routes operated by AC Transit (links to all lines here):
- Line 631: Serves Bay Farm School, Amelia Earhart Elementary, Lincoln Middle, Alameda High, St. Joseph's, Nea, Alameda Community Learning Center, Academy of Alameda, Island High, Encinal Junior and Senior High.
- Line 663: Serves Alameda High, Wood Middle, Academy of Alameda, Nea, Alameda Community Learning Center, Island High and Encinal Junior and Senior High.
- Line 687: Serves Lincoln Middle, Bay Farm School, and Amelia Earhart Elementary.
Driving: If you're driving yourself or your child, please do so safely, following the safety tips below.
How to Drive Safely in School Zones: English(PDF, 429KB) | Spanish(PDF, 200KB) | Chinese(PDF, 241KB)
East Bay Paratransit provides public transit services for people who are unable to use regular buses or trains because of a disability or a disabling health condition - click here for more info. The City of Alameda also has a paratransit coordinator who helps meet community member transportation needs - find more info here. You can also read FAQs about auto parking for people with disabilities.
Options for getting around keep expanding - there are multiple carsharing services in Alameda, you can use a smart carpooling service, and there are smart phone apps to help you plan your trip.
Automated/smart carpooling services: Lyft Line, uberPOOL, Scoop and Waze
Carsharing: Gig Car Share and Getaround both operate in Alameda and provide car rental options for short periods. Another option is Turo.
Smart phone apps can help you navigate getting around, no matter what mode you use.
Bike & Scooter Share: The City does not currently have a bike or scooter share program, but will be working to bring both to Alameda. In the past, there was an Alameda Bikeshare Program.
Find your way around using the Bicycle and Walking Map of Alameda map published by Bike Walk Alameda.
For any employee working in Alameda County, the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program will pay for a free ride home for those who use transit, walking, bicycling, carpooling or vanpooling to get to work, in the event of unexpected circumstances such as illness, family crisis or unscheduled overtime. Pre-registration with the program is required.
Learn about auto parking for visitors and regular users here.
There are five drawbridges over the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, used to get to and from Alameda. Each bridge has its own rules for when and how they're opened. Find out more here.
Alameda is striving for a cleaner, zero-greenhouse gas emission future. Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), the city-owned electric utility, has programs to encourage and incentivize electric vehicle use. And, the City is making it easier for community members and businesses to install EV chargers.