Both Uber or Lyft rides are allowed at Oakland International Airport (OAK). If you are new to rideshare services at OAK, this guide may address most of your questions.

Drop-Offs

If you’re taking an Uber or Lyft ride to OAK, simply inform your driver the airline you are taking, then you will be taken to the curbside in the departures area serving your airline.

UberX or Standard Lyft is probably the best option for most travelers who on a time constraint. With both services, you will be driven directly to the airport. If you are traveling with a group, you may consider an UberXL, which seats up to four riders. Although it costs more than UberX, it is still a rather low cost option for a group with several pieces of luggage. Alternatively, an UberSUV or Lyft Plus with slightly higher cost can seat up to six passengers and comes with a high-end black vehicle driven by a commercially licensed driver.

UberPOOL or Lyft Line is not recommended for trips to the airport. These two services work line a van pool and usually take much longer than UberX or Standard Lyft and may experience unexpected delays. The systems match you up with other passengers going in similar directions. Sometimes there are may be two or three pickups and drop-offs along the way, which can cause significant delays. Unless you have a lot of extra time to spare, avoid taking UberPOOL or Lyft Line to OAK.

Pick-ups

All Uber and Lyft passengers are picked up curbside at the “Smartphone App Rides” pickup area at 2E

The 2E pickup area is located on the second curb from the terminal, separated by the island.

After you have collected your luggage, request your ride, then head to the pickup area.

Uber/Lyft Pickup Area at Oakland Int'l Aiport

If the pickup area is crowded, consider standing in a less crowded area and contacting your driver to provide additional information about yourself to help the driver identify you in the crowd. Calling your driver is better than texting because the driver cannot respond to text messages while driving. In the meanwhile, refer to Uber or Lyft app to note the driver’s name and license plate number, and be on the look out for your driver as he or she approaches.

Ride Options

Please consider your luggage size when requesting a ride. The following options are available at SFO.

Uber
UberX Low-cost; ideal for 1 to 2 passengers with luggage
UberXL High capacity vehicle for a larger group with multiple bags
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UberSELECT Mid-tier luxury sedan for 1-2 passenger with luggage; a step above UberX
UberBLACK High end luxury sedan driven by a professional driver
UberSUV High-capacity version of UberBlack for up to 6 passengers.
UberPOOL Lowest cost option; split cost with other riders; Not recommended if under time constrain

Lyft 
Standard Lyft Low-cost; ideal for 1 to 2 passengers with luggage
Lyft Plus High-capacity vehicle for up to 6 passengers.
Premier High end luxury sedan or SUV
Lyft Line Lowest cost option; split cost with other riders; Not recommended if under time constrain

Fare Estimates for Popular Destinations

OAK → Downtown San Francisco UberX: $31-39 Lyft: $33-40
OAK → Oakland Coliseum UberX: $11-13 Lyft: $11-13
OAK→ Downtown San Jose UberX: $39-52 Lyft: $41-52
OAK → Fisherman's Wharf UberX: $32-41 Lyft: $33-42
OAK → UC Berkeley UberX: $22-29 Lyft: $23-29

Fares to and from OAK vary depending on vehicle options and travel time. Please use Uber Fare Estimator or Lyft app to get a more accurate fare estimate. For all OAK rides, Uber and Lyft also collect a $3.15 drop-off or pickup surcharge. This surcharge will be paid directly to Oakland International Airport.

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