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Location & Transportation


Berkeley makes its home along the East Bay shores in beautiful northern California. Looking out to the west, one will catch a glimpse of the San Francisco skyline, highlighted by the sparkling waters of San Francisco Bay and the expansive Golden Gate Bridge. A quick trip over the Bay Bridge brings one to the heart of San Fran, while less than one hour to the north lies the natural beauty of Napa and Sonoma wine country. Sacramento sits just 80 miles away, Lake Tahoe is a three-hour drive and Los Angeles and the rest of southern California is reachable approximately 400 miles due south.

The city is a regional transit center that is conveniently positioned for commuters, tourists and businesses alike. It is well served by Interstates 80, 580 and 880, along with California routes 13, 24 and 123. Area public transit is readily available for those looking for a more convenient, cost-effective means of travel. Numerous bus routes are available through the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit (AC Transit), while commuter rail service is offered through Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). BART operates three stations in Berkeley and one Amtrak regional rail station at Third Street and University Avenue. In addition to these options, UC Berkeley operates the Bear Transit shuttle system, which provides service on campus and in the closely surrounding area.

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Area businesses have access to the Union Pacific rail line, along with three deep water ports—Oakland (six miles south), Richmond (eight miles northwest) and San Francisco (12 miles west). Benefiting both the business and leisure travelers are three international airports located within a close distance of Berkeley. The closest airport is Oakland International (12 miles south), followed by San Francisco International (20 miles west) and San Jose International (45 miles south).

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