Get Around Alameda

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Overview

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, Shuttles & BART

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).

The Alameda Loop Shuttle is free and is operated by the City on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a different route each day.

Business Shuttles: There are two business-operated shuttles that are free and open to the public:

Bicycle

Maps Find your way around using the Bicycle and Walking Map of Alameda published by Bike Walk Alameda. Hard copies of the map can be found at many locations around town. Find a route using Google bikeways map. Use these maps to ride the Bay Trail, or loop around Bay Farm Island

Education: Increase your bicycling safety skills with a FREE class or workshop, targeted to adults, teens and families offered by Bike East Bay.

Parking at Lockers & Bike Stations:  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. A BikeLink card can be used to park at all of these lockers. Some of them can also be accessed with a Clipper card, as noted below, following these instructions. Look for the Clipper logo on the access pad of lockers to find ones that can be accessed this way.

  • Main Street Ferry Terminal - 20 spaces; Clipper-enabled
  • Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal - 16 spaces + 8 new spaces added in May 2021; Clipper-enabled
  • Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal - 24 spaces; Clipper-enabled
  • Webster Street & Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway intersection (@ Cross Alameda Trail) - 12 spaces; Clipper-enabled
  • Civic Center Parking Garage - 16 spaces
  • City Hall - 4 spaces - New in 2021; Clipper-enabled
  • Alameda Landing Shopping Center - 24 spaces

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, using the category "Bicycle Parking Requests" 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):

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Ferry

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 the Broadway Shuttle. The service is operated by San Francisco Bay Ferry.

Seaplane Lagoon opened on July 1, 2021 with direct service to Downtown San Francisco. There are many options to get to the terminal:

Main Street now has direct service to Jack London Square in Oakland; and to the Ferry Building in San Francisco. On July 1, 2021, this service changed to midday, evening and weekend service only. On November 8th, service to South San Francisco and the "short hop" from Alameda to Oakland will re-start. For one year, the fare is reduced by 17%.

  • Bike or Walk: Find your route and park your bike securely. Bike parking is plentiful in lockers and racks
  • Carpool: Automated/smart carpooling services: Lyft LineuberPOOLScoop and Waze
  • Drive: Parking in lots at the Terminal or across the street in the O'Lot.

Harbor Bay provides direct service to the San Francisco Ferry Building. It re-opened on July 1, 2021 with more departures than ever before including midday service and temporary lower fares. There are many options to get to the terminal:

Getting to School 

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(PDF, 528KB) 
 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) 

Seniors + People with Disabilities

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

Shared Mobility

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 servicesLyft LineuberPOOLScoop 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.

Walk

Find your way around using the Bicycle and Walking Map of Alameda map published by Bike Walk Alameda.

Employee Program

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.

Auto Parking - Garages and City Lots

Learn about off-street parking for visitors and regular users here.

Navigating the Estuary Bridges

There are six 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.

Electric Vehicle Support

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