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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, 2208 Shattuck, 510-548-7433, is a safe and convenient place to park your bike. It is open on Saturday 11AM – 7PM. It is not open on Sunday, but you can park your bike in most of the parking garages. 

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. Enter this code to receive the discount: 1804BABFPUB. It comes to $225.26 a night with taxes & fees – a very good deal for this 4-star hotel.

Hotel namehotel rates 2017websitephone numberaddress
Bancroft Hotel$169/night +Link510-549-10002680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Berkeley City Club$245/night +Link510-848-78002315 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Travelodge Berkeley $209/night+ (NOTE: Unavailable the night of April 28th)Link510-843-42621820 University Ave., Berkeley
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel$319/night+Link510-843-300041 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel$199/night+Link510-548-7920200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley Inn$119/night+Link510-843-40432001 Bancroft Way, Berkekely
SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley$180/night+ (NOTE: Unavailable the night of April 28th)Link510-548-99301538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Graduate Berkeley (Formerly Hotel Durant)$175.20/night+Link510-809-41202600 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Hotel Shattuck Plaza$239/night+Link510-845-73002086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Rose Garden Inn$205/night+Link510-549-21452740 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
UC Faculty Club$145/night+Link510-540-5678UC Berkeley
Hyatt House$219/night+Link510-601-58805800 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Hilton Garden Inn$164/night+Link510-658-93001800 Powell St, Emeryville
Courtyard by Mariott$152/night+Link510-652-87775555 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Holiday Inn Express$167.58/night+Link510-548-17001175 University Ave, Berkeley
Americas Best Value Inn$100/night+Link510-525-67701620 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA
Quality Inn Berkeley$159/night+Link510-841-42421761 University Ave., Berkeley
Nash Hotel$149/night+ ($99 with shared bathroom)Link510-841-11632045 University Ave., Berkeley
Super 8 Berkeley$159/night+Link510-841-38441619 University Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley Inn$95/night+Link855-516-10901720 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Berkeley Rodeway Inn$136/night+Link510-848-38401461 University Ave., Berkeley
Knights Inn$169/night+Link800-843-56441512 University Ave., Berkeley
La Quinta Inn$169/night+Link510-849-1121920 University Ave., Berkeley

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

List of Festival Venues

Outdoor Fair – M.L.K. Civic Center Park151 MLK Jr. Way & Allston
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