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Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

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Oakland, California
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Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

Hi. Any suggestions for a reliable (and affordable?) way to get to SFO from Oakland hills for family of 4? Flight check-in is at 4:30 AM for 6:30 AM flight to Newark. So far the affordable but not very comfortable option I found is taking last BART from Rockridge at 12:30 arriving SFO 1:30 and sitting around the rest of the night at SFO. 1-way car rentals runs about $140 vs. $35 for BART. Thanks!

Berkeley, Ca.
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1. Re: Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

Do you really need to be there at 4:30? On a weekday, the first train leaves Rockridge at 4:35 and gets to the airport at 5:28. That gives you an hour to get to and board the flight. At Oakland airport that would be more than enough time, I'm less experienced with SFO early in the morning.

Berkeley, California
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2. Re: Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

Are you traveling on a weekday? If so, just take the first train of the day. You'll have an hour to make your flight, which should be plenty of time that early in the morning.

Oakland, California
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3. Re: Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

Thanks wanderer & davdaven for your suggestions. Unfortunately the flight is a Saturday flight. We ended up having someone drive us there at 4 AM. The line was already very long when we got there around 4:30AM! We had bags to check.

Berkeley, California
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4. Re: Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

Oh, Saturday, I see! Well, glad you made it. I do my very best to avoid those early AM flights. It's sooo hard for me to get up early!

Berkeley, Ca.
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5. Re: Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

There is middle of the night bus service, but it's pretty long and tedious, I'm glad you found a decent option.

6. Re: Transport from Oakland to SFO in middle of the night?

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