Alameda is a multi-modal community with many travel options - ride the ferry, hop on a bike, take the bus, use a carshare vehicle. Find what works best for you!
Visit 511.org to plan your trip and find an overview of all transportation options in the Bay Area.
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 City operates the Alameda Loop Shuttle, which runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a different route each day.
There are two business-operated shuttles that are free and open to the public:
The Harbor Bay Business Park Shuttle to BART, which connects to the Coliseum BART Station, 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 map can be found at many locations around town.
Education: Increase your bicycling safety skills with a FREE class or workshop, targeted to adults, teens and families offered by Bike East Bay. During the pandemic, these classes are offered online.
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 with Clipper.
- 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; 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, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org 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, all operated by San Francisco Bay Ferry.
Seaplane Lagoon opened on July 1, 2021 with direct services to Downtown San Francisco. There are many options to get to the terminal:
Main Street currently has direct service to Jack London Square in Oakland; and in San Francisco: the Ferry Building, Pier 41, AT&T Park. On July 1, 2021, this service changed to off-peak and late evening service only. In October, service to South San Francisco will re-start.
Harbor Bay direct service to the San Francisco Ferry Building re-opened on July 1, 2021. There are many options to get to the terminal:
- Bike or Walk: Find your route(PDF, 743KB) and park your bike securely in lockers and racks.
- Bus: AC Transit Line 21 is free for ferry riders - Map/Schedule
- Carpool: Automated/smart carpooling services: Lyft Line, uberPOOL, Scoop and Waze
- Drive: Parking at the ferry terminal, North Loop Rd, Harbor Bay Parkway and the Park & Ride lot on Island Drive at Doolittle Drive
Walking, bicycling, taking transit and carpooling are all great ways to get to school in a healthy and green way. If you are driving, please do so safely, following the safety tips below.
Let's Get to School Safely! Tips(PDF, 247KB)
NEW! How to Drive Safely in School Zones: English(PDF, 429KB) | Spanish(PDF, 200KB) | Chinese(PDF, 241KB)
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, no matter how your family gets to school.
| 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)
[Not currently in service, due to COVID 19] School Bus Routes served by AC Transit:
Line 631: Serves Bay Farm School, Amelia Earhart School, Lincoln Middle School, Alameda High School, St. Joseph, Nea, Academy Middle School, Alameda Learning Center and Encinal High School.
Line 663: Serves Wood Middle School, Nea, Academy Middle School, Alameda Learning Center and Encinal High School.
There are many specialized transportation options for seniors and people with disabilities who live in Alameda including East Bay Paratransit and the City's paratransit options.
To access key transit hubs or to experience the latest in transportation innovations, consider:
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 off-street parking for visitors and regular users here.
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.
Alameda is striving for a cleaner, zero-greenhouse gas emission future. With Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), the city-owned electric utility, providing 100 percent clean energy by January 1, 2020, transportation emissions will represent over 70 percent of Alameda's greenhouse gas emissions. The city's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030, which is in the draft Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. Click here to learn more.