Visitor Information

The UC Berkeley campus can be reached by public transport, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) or Shuttle service within 50-60 minutes from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and within 30 minutes from Oakland International Airport (OAK). You can use BART or shuttle service from SFO to Berkeley and OAK to Berkeley.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers non-stop flights to more than 31 international cities on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport connects non-stop with 76 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines.

Oakland International Airport (OAK)
The Oakland International Airport is approximately 24 km from UC Berkeley.

From SFO to Berkeley: $9.25 (one way)
From OAK to Berkeley: $8.50 (one way)

  • Get off at the Downtown Berkeley Station.
  • Walk east on Center Street for 1 block to the campus. Enter campus at Oxford Street and Center Street.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – On Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, all BART connections from Berkeley/Oakland to San Francisco will be closed. For those catching a flight from SFO home, take a shuttle or a taxi and take 30-60 minutes extra to get to SFO, since traffic on the Bay Bridge may be heavier than usual (especially in afternoon and evening). The BART to Oakland airport should be running its normal weekend schedule.

Shuttle: Door to Door Shuttle Service.  About $38 for SFO-Berkeley and $29 for OAK-Berkeley.
Two popular shuttle services are Bayporter Express and Super Shuttle

Obtaining a Visa:
To check if you need a visa to visit USA click here.

Request for Letter of Invitation to Attend the Meeting:

A letter of invitation will be issued solely for the purpose of assisting participants with visa application and/or to obtain funding for their attendance at the conference. If you require a letter of Invitation, please fill in a Form and send back to us.

Weather in Berkeley: Average temperature in July/August is 23˚C (74 ˚F) high and 12˚C (53˚F) low.  Average monthly rainfall is 0 mm in July and 2mm (0.08″) in August, so bring a sweater and Jacket, but leave the umbrella at home.


Parking is limited at the Berkeley campus!  We encourage you to use public transportation.

Restaurants in the Berkeley Area (Thanks to Art and Lucille Poskanzer)

The counter-culture, flower power center of the 60s, bohemian Berkeley has evolved into a culinary and cultural travel scene. Shift into low gear and people-watch along quirky Telegraph Avenue while checking out the bookstores and cafes. After strolling through the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Rose Garden and the Downtown Arts District, head into the hills for an outdoor adventure in Tilden Park or cruise down to the waterfront park or the Berkeley Marina, where the San Francisco skyline sparkles across the bay.

The City of Berkeley’s official website:

Other information:,_California

UC Berkeley Campus Shuttle (Monday through Friday)
Bus service from Downtown Berkeley (across from BART at Center & Shattuck in front of Bank of America) to UC campus perimeter, Botanical Gardens, Lawrence Hall of Science, and Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL). Cost per one-way ride for public passengers: $1.00.

AC Transit

AC Transit bus service provides transportation for commuters to and from San Francisco and throughout Alameda and Western Contra Costa County. There are several AC bus lines that stop at the campus at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue such as lines: #1; #1R; #7; #49; #51B; #52; and F. For additional lines and information, call 511 and say “AC Transit”