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NEW BART service to OAK

by sfgirl (November, 2014)

Where: Landside
Pros: Lots
Cons: None

This isn't really a review, more a heads-up. Starting tomorrow passengers going to or coming from the Oakland airport (OAK) dont' have to take the AirBART bus to get to the Coliseum station to take a BART train. The new service will make things so much easier... Here's the announcement with link for fares, etc: I am a forum member on LP's Thorn Tree and I reference your website every week (often, more) even for those who don't want to sleep, it's still a great roundup of information and honest personal reviews. Know how much your site benefits travellers I wanted to make certain the information about the easier OAK-BART linkup was in your hands where it will do the most good. Thanks for all the good you do in helping travellers.

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Airport sleeper newbie

by Leilani (November, 2013)

Reason for Stay: Connection between flights
Where: Landside
Pros: Quiet, clean, lots of chairs
Cons: Wifi doesn't work

Arrived at 11:30pm to find the Waiting Area pre-security area full of people actually waiting for arrivals. After all flights were done just about 6 of us waiting for connecting flights. There are about 4 long curved couches that are quite comfortable - but don't put your nose on it. (This one is smelling a little poo like or it's the man sleeping in the other side of the chair, I hope it's him). No food or drinks for sale after 11 it seems. No showers but the restrooms are open in this area. I haven't been able to connect to the airport wifi; there are lots of available plugs for charging. It's almost 2am now, waiting to see if security comes around.

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Wide Awake at 2am

by Meinalaska (October, 2012)

Where: Landside and Airside
Pros: The black lounge chairs in terminal 2
Cons: The airport terminals are not open all night

During a 9 hour layover I decided to stay at the airport, exploring Oakland alone in the middle of the night didn't sound like a good idea. I found comfy chairs in terminal 2 and went to sleep. At 2am the police told me that I had to leave. They were kind enough to tell me about the 'waiting area' outside of security. Couches and hard plastic chairs are available. There's also a carpeted section out of the way employees and travelers. Between getting 3 hours of sleep, the announcements, and cleaning people making noise, I was wide awake at 2 with absolutely nothing to do. I have a 7 hour layover on the way back and will try this again. With a sleeping bag and mat or with an earlier flight, it shouldn't be too bad.

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good night of sleep, eventually roused by sheriff

by bikerider (August, 2012)

Reason for Stay: Too cheap for a hotel room
Where: Landside
Pros: comfortable couches in waiting area
Cons: small airport, if you don't have a ticket you may be noticed

The reports of the hard plastic seats in the waiting area are true. However (probably a recent addition), there are several cushioned seats without armrests. So effectively you have a couch to sleep on. This is in the waiting area of terminal 1. I can't speak for terminal 2. The seats swerve a little and don't leave a lot of space for tossing and turning, so it's *not quite* ideal, but no reason to nitpick when they give us a couch to sleep on. Temperature was pretty good, and announcements didn't annoy me. The airport is small though, so if you don't have a ticket you might get tossed. At 9am I had my sweatshirt pulled off from my face, and woke up to someone screaming 'Sheriff's department! Let's get a couple things straight!!! You're not gonna spend the night, and you're not gonna stay here!!! Pack up your belongings and leave or you'll be arrested.' Didn't make much sense since I already HAD spent the night. But I followed his orders and left. I don't know how exactly they figure out who's a vagabond and who's actually waiting on a flight, maybe they trace the video back and figure it out. If you leave at an earlier hour like 6am or so, probably a good chance you won't have any trouble. (And even if you have 'trouble' you just say 'OK' and leave.) I got a great sleep and recommend sleeping here, but just be prepared for the sheriff to yell at you if you don't have official business at the airport.

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don't even try

by airportreviewer (June, 2009)

Tiny tiny closed airport. There is one food kiosk in the airport. There is a lunch truck during the day that has good food that the employees eat at but its not allowed to be convenient, you have to walk outside and around towards the back.

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