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Directions & Lodging

Public Transit

Call it the Book Festival Express. BART brings you directly to Downtown Berkeley, right into the heart of the festival. Read your books en route rather than worry about traffic and parking. Check out BART’s Quick Planner. AC Transit also goes right to Downtown Berkeley, and it has a huge network. 511.org.


The Berkeley Bike Station, 2023 Center St, 510-548-7433, is a safe and convenient place to park your bike. It is not staffed during the weekend, but you can access the BikeLink Secure Parking 24/7. You can find additional parking using the Bike Parking Map from the City of Berkeley

Private Vehicle

Paid public parking lots in the immediate festival area will be noted on the map, but they’re expected to fill up quickly. The City of Berkeley’s transportation site has information about additional lots within walking distance from downtown. Note that on Saturday, most of the residential streets surrounding the festival have restricted two-hour parking; on Sunday, there are no restrictions.

Our recommendation if you are driving from an area not served easily by BART: Use a BART station near the festival as a parking lot. It’s free on weekends. Then just take a Richmond line train straight to Downtown Berkeley. From Marin, consider El Cerrito Plaza BART (huge lot) or North Berkeley (also lots of spaces); from the East Bay, there’s MacArthur (another big lot and great for people driving from San Francisco). Check out www.bart.gov for station choices.

Ride Share Apps

If you are coming to the Festival and using a ride share service like Lyft or Uber, we have 2 designated drop off/pick up yellow zones you can use:

  • Yellow Zone on Martin Luther King Jr. Way between Center St. and Allston Way in front of old City Hall Building  (Use 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way address)

Coming From Out of Town? Hotels to Consider

The Bay Area Book Festival has a discounted rate at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, a generous festival partner and community treasure that also happens to be right within the festival footprint. It has a great bar, to boot. Here is the link for the discounted rate. It comes to $ 232.05 a night with taxes & fees – a very good deal for this 4-star hotel.

Hotel namehotel rates 2019websitephone numberaddress
Americas Best Value Inn$349/night+Link510-525-67701620 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA
Bancroft Hotel$179/night +Link510-549-10002680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Berkeley Inn$98/night+Link855-516-10901720 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley City Club$255/night +Link510-848-78002315 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley Rodeway Inn$180/night+Link510-848-38401461 University Ave., Berkeley
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel$329/night+Link510-843-300041 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
Courtyard by Mariott$179/night+Link510-652-87775555 Shellmound St, Emeryville
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel$208/night+Link510-548-7920200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley Inn$139/night+Link510-843-40432001 Bancroft Way, Berkekely
Graduate Berkeley $239/night+Link510-845-89812600 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Hilton Garden Inn$204/night+Link510-658-93001800 Powell St, Emeryville
Holiday Inn Express$205night+Link510-548-17001175 University Ave, Berkeley
Hotel Shattuck Plaza$232/night+Link510-845-73002086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Hyatt House$229/night+Link510-601-58805800 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Knights Inn$125/night+Link510-845-70901512 University Ave., Berkeley
La Quinta Inn$139/night+Link510-849-1121920 University Ave., Berkeley
Nash Hotel$149/night+ ($99 with shared bathroom)Link510-841-11632045 University Ave., Berkeley
Quality Inn Berkeley$144/night+Link510-841-42421761 University Ave., Berkeley
Rose Garden Inn$190/night+Link510-549-21452740 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley$180/night+ Link510-548-99301538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Super 8 Berkeley$169/night+Link510-841-38441619 University Ave., Berkeley
Travelodge Berkeley $499/night+ Link510-295-22971820 University Ave., Berkeley
UC Faculty Club$150/night+Link510-540-5678UC Berkeley

Airbnb.com and more options can be found at visitberkeley.com

List of Festival Venues

Outdoor Fair – M.L.K. Civic Center Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way & Allston
The Showtime Stage On Allston Way near Harold Way
Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St.
BAMPFA, The Barbro Osher Theater 2155 Center St.
Bay Area Children’s Theater2055 Center Street
Berkeley City College, Auditorium2050 Center St.
Cornerstone2367 Shattuck Avenue
David Brower Center, Goldman Theater 2150 Allston Way
David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room2150 Allston Way (Upstairs)
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Boiler Room2086 Allston Way (Rear)
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Crystal Ballroom 2086 Allston Way (Front)
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, White Cotton Room2086 Allston Way
The Magnes Collection 2121 Allston Way
The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center (theater and cabaret)2120 Allston Way
Veterans’ Memorial Building Auditorium1931 Center Street