Information for Our Oakland Office and Convening Space
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) - The 12th Street/City Center BART station in downtown Oakland is located adjacent to City Center. After disembarking from the train, exit the station via the 13th Street exit – follow signs to Oakland City Center. This exit opens onto the City Center Lower Plaza – head up the escalators/stairs or elevator towards the plaza (you’ll see a large colorful sculpture/fountain in the center of the plaza). The entrance of our building is to the right of the Panda Express. Alternatively you can enter directly from 12th Street.
Alameda Oakland Ferry - The Alameda/Oakland Ferry offers an alternative commute option from San Francisco into Oakland's City Center from locations around the San Francisco Bay. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the Jack London Square ferry dock to Oakland City Center. You can also hop on the “Free B” Downtown Oakland shuttle that will take you to Downtown City Center. The ferry makes connections from the Ferry Building in San Francisco, PIER 39 in San Francisco, the City of Alameda, and Angel Island State Park.
Bay Area Transit Options - Learn about additional transit options.
Bike Parking – Cyclists should bring locks – most of our locations do not allow bicycles inside the building and do not provide secure bike parking. At our City Center location, there is a free public bike parking area on garage Level B in the City Center complex (next to the Zip cars on the 14th Street side, near the 14th Street garage entrance). You must bring your own lock. There are elevators right next to the bike racks that will bring guests up to the City Center Plaza.
From San Francisco
Take the Highway 580 exit. Take the Downtown Oakland exit onto Highway 980. Continue to the 11th Street exit. Turn left onto 11th Street and continue through three lights.
From the South Bay
Take 880 North to the Broadway exit in Downtown Oakland. Make a right at the first light onto Broadway. Make a left onto 8th Street. Make a right onto Clay Street. Make a right on 11th Street.
From Contra Costa County
Take Highway 24 West through the Caldecott Tunnel. Take Highway 980 south to the 11th Street exit. Turn left onto 11th Street and continue through three lights.
From Pleasanton/Livermore the North Bay
Take Highway 580 to Oakland. Take the Downtown Oakland exit onto Highway 980. Continue to the 11th Street exit. Turn left onto 11th Street and continue through three lights.
From the North Bay
Take the San Rafael Bridge to Highway 580 and merge into to Interstate 80 West. At the San Francisco /Oakland Interchange, take Highway 580 East. Take the Highway 980/Downtown Oakland exit. Turn left onto 11th Street, and continue through three lights.
There are numerous parking lots in the area with some a few blocks walking distance and as low as $8 a day. (Please note that parking prices change, we do not guarantee the parking prices listed below).
Here are just a few:
City Center Garage (most expensive) - (510) 834-8282, which is located beneath City Center, accessed via entrances on 14th Street between 1300 Clay Street and 505 14th Street buildings, or via 11th Street just past Clay Street. $2 every 20 minutes. $25 max all day rate.
City Center Garage West - (510) 251-6320, which is located on the corner of 12th Street and Jefferson Street, and accessed via entrances on Jefferson Street at 12th Street or 12th Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (across from Preservation Park). $14 all day rate, hourly rates available.
Clay Street Garage - (510) 893-9669, at 1414 Clay Street between 14th and 16 Streets.
More parking options at 12th and Webster ($8 all day); 13th & Franklin (varies but as low as $9/day).
Oakland International Airport (OAK). You can take a cab, BART (need to take shuttle to BART), or shuttle. See flyoakland.com for more ground options.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO). You can take a cab (expensive), BART, or shuttle. See flysfo.com for more ground options.
The closest Amtrak station is Jack London Square. You can hop on the free shuttle for quick ride to downtown Oakland. meetdowntownoak.com
Within walking distance:
Marriott Oakland City Center (1 block)
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Downtown (3 blocks)
The Washington Inn (2 blocks)
Hotels in Jack London Square: A 20-minute walk or you can hop on the free shuttle for a quick ride to downtown Oakland (meetdowntownoak.com).
Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
The Inn at Jack London Square
Alternative to Oakland Hotels: Note that our Oakland City Center space is steps away from the 12th Street BART station. Any San Francisco hotel close to a BART Station would be a 20 minute (or less) train ride to our space.
CompassPoint serves the entire community and welcomes people with disabilities. Our facilities are accessible and within easy reach of public transportation. If you need any access accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or materials in an alternative format, please contact us at least five working days ahead of your visit by calling 415.541.9000. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. So that people with environmental illness or multiple chemical sensitivity can minimize their exposure to harmful substances, we ask that you not wear perfumes or scented personal care products to workshops