About Oakland

It’s Easy! It’s Vibrant! It’s Inspiring! Located on the east side of the Northern California Bay Area, Oakland is bordered by 19 miles of coastline to the west and rolling hills to the east. It is conveniently located near three major airports and can be easily accessed via railway, bus or ferry. With a great location near 3 major airports, Oakland is an ideal choice for your next meeting and event. You’ll find a convention center, arenas, beautiful traditional venues, industrial warehouse space, lush park-like settings, outdoor options, and attractions. Offering an award-winning culinary scene, artistic vibe, and numerous places for creative, interactive off-site events – Oakland has it all. To welcome visitors, Oakland has 40 hotels with 5,500+ guest rooms from first-class hotels and boutique properties to the top names in lodging.


  • How much is the total cumulative hotel tax? 14.5% and $1.50 city Tax
  • How much is the F&B tax? 10.25%
  • How much is the average F&B gratuity? $25 Service


  • How many miles from the airport to downtown? 
    • 7 Miles Oakland International Airport (OAK)
    • 14 miles San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • Is there public transportation, such as a bus or subway available? Bay Area Rapid Transportation (BART)
  • How much does the public transportation cost?
    • OAK – $8.85
    • SFO – $10.35
  • What is the shuttle bus fare from the airport to downtown?
    • OAK -$35 by appointment
    • SFO – $80– by appointment
  • What is the taxi fare from airport to downtown?
    • OAK – $35
    • SFO – $80
  • How many daily flights into the airport?
    • OAK – 140
    • SFO – 668
  • How many daily flights out of the airport?
    • OAK – 140
    • SFO – 668
  • Is the airport a hub for any carrier? 
    • OAK – Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines
    • SFO – United Airlines, Alaska Airlines
  • What are the major carriers serving airport?
    • OAK: Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Volaris, Delta, Hawaiian, JSX, Allegiant, Azores, Contour, Frontier, Spirit
    • SFO: United Airlines, American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Alaska, Delta, Air France, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Air Maroc, Etihad, Iceland Air, Singapore Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Scandinavian, Air New Zealand, Austrian, Brussels, Aer Lingus, Iberia, Japan Air, Qantas, Qatar, Fiji, Korean Air, Aero Mexico, KLM, Alitalia


  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak night? 1,750
  • How many committable hotel rooms downtown on peak within walking distance to convention center? 1,500
  • How many rooms available on peak night at the largest headquarter property? 600
  • Can you list hotels by rating? 500 rooms Oakland Marriott City Center connected to the Oakland Convention Center


  • How many total gross square feet of exhibit space at Convention Center? 60,960
  • How much of this exhibit space is contiguous? 58,300 square feet
  • How many total gross square feet of meeting space is available at the Convention center? 100,000 Square Feet
  • How many meeting rooms does the convention center have? 37
  • How big is the largest meeting room? 33,000 square feet
  • How many ballrooms does the convention center have? 2 East and West
  • How big is the largest ballroom? 56,608 Square feet
  • When was the last renovation or expansion? 2019
  • When is a future renovation/expansion scheduled? TBD
  • Is there free Wi-Fi at the convention center? No
  • Is there an exclusive in-house Electrical provider? Yes, Encore
  • Is there an exclusive in-house AV provider? Yes, Encore is in-house provider. Group is allowed to bring in AV company; some union labor will be required.
  •  Is there an exclusive in-house decorator? No, Group can select.
  • Is there an exclusive in house caterer? Yes, Marriott Hotel
  • Is the convention center a union property? Yes
  • Here are a list of labor unions with whom planners will be required to work at the convention center: 
    • Unite Here – Local 2
    • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOOE) – Local 39