Downtown Berkeley is easily accessible by all modes of transportation including BART, bus, bicycle, and automobile. The Downtown Berkeley BART station is located in the center of downtown and provides free bike parking at the unique "Bikestation". AC Transit serves the downtown with numerous bus lines and the UC Campus Shuttle circles the campus every 12 to 30 minutes during peak hours. More than 2,500 parking spaces are available on the street and in parking garages and lots throughout the downtown.
Downtown Berkeley is Open for Business
During Center St. Garage Reconstruction
Downtown Berkeley is open for business with plenty of parkng during reconstruction of the Center Street Garage. During construction we have secured over 400 additional parking spaces in or near the Downtown, more than making up for the lost capacity.
See our Parking Map and Directory of places to park in the Downtown. Or download the ParkMe app to find a place to park.
For more information please see the City of Berkeley press release and DBA press release.
Downtown Berkeley offers over 2,500 parking spaces on-street, in lots, and garages throughout the Downtown area. Monthly passes are offered at most garages, as well as discounted early bird and evening parking. See list of parking locations below, and locations marked on above maps.
List of Parking Locations and Rates (as of May 2016)
Parking Validation is available for customers from select businesses at the Center Street and Oxford Street garages. See the flyer below to sign your business up to participate.
Map of Downtown Berkeley
Transit Directions and Services
The Bay Area Travel Guide, otherwise known as 511, serves the entire 9-county Bay Area as a 24-hour toll free phone and Web service. It is a one-stop resource for up-to-the-minute information on traffic conditions, public transportation routes and fares, instant carpool and vanpool referrals, bicycling information and more. It includes information on the following transit agencies: AC Transit, Muni, BART, Capital Corridor, VDA, & Paratransit, as well as information on the following airports: San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento airports.
There are several AC Transit bus lines that serve downtown Berkeley. All buses are wheelchair accessible and can transport bicycles.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
510.464.6000 or 465.2278, www.BART.gov
The Downtown Berkeley BART Station is located in downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Ave. between Center St. and Allston Way . BART serves San Francisco/Colma, SFO/Milbrae, Fremont , Richmond , Dublin / Pleasanton , and Pittsburg/Bay Point.
Hours: M-F 4am - 12midnight; Sat 6am - 12midnight; Sun 8am - 12midnight.
City CarShare provides time-share car rentals on a per-use basis. Cars are located throughout downtown Berkeley and the Bay Area ; $5/hour (10am - 10pm), $1 (12pm - 8am) and $0.44/mile plus application and administration fees.
ZipCar provides time-share car rentals on a per-use basis. Cars are located through downtown Berkeley and in many other cities ; $9/hour plus application and administration fees.
A taxi line is located at BART Plaza on Shattuck Avenue between Center Street and Allston Way.
UC Campus Parking & Transportation
UC Campus Parking & Transportation & Bear Transit Shuttle
The UC Shuttle is open to the public for $1 (on lines P, R, H and S) and $1.50 (on RFS line). Routes serve the downtown, hills, southside, northside and the Richmond Field Station. During peak hours, shuttles stop every 12-30 minutes in the downtown. Night shuttles are FREE. Hours: Weekdays, year-round.
Auto Directions and Services
From San Francisco:
Take the Bay Bridge . Get on I-80 East towards Berkeley/Sacramento. Take the University Avenue exit. Go east (towards the hills) 2 miles to Shattuck Avenue. From East of Berkeley:
From Highway 24, take the Berkeley exit: Highway 13/Tunnel Road/Ashby Avenue. Drive west on Ashby for 2-3 miles. Turn right on Shattuck Avenue and drive one half mile. From the South Bay:
Take 880 North to I-80 East/Sacramento towards Berkeley . Take the University Avenue exit. Go east (towards the hills) 2 miles to Shattuck Avenue.