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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 are 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

Downtown Berkeley is served by popular ride share apps. Check your favorites for info and rates.

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: 1706BABF. It comes to $215 a night with taxes & fees – a very good deal for this 4-star hotel. Or, for a fresh sea breeze, try the DoubleTree at the Berkeley Marina, another festival favorite. It’s owned by the Pyramid Hotel Group, also an exceptionally community-minded business and stalwart supporter.

Hotel namehotel rates 2017websitephone numberaddress
Bancroft Hotel$199/night +Link510-549-10002680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
Berkeley City Club$199/night +Link510-848-78002315 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Travelodge Berkeley $114/night+Link510-843-42621820 University Ave., Berkeley
Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel$379/night+Link510-843-300041 Tunnel Road, Berkeley
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel$161/night+Link510-548-7920200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley
Downtown Berkeley Inn$99/night+Link510-843-40432001 Bancroft Way, Berkekely
SenS Hotel & Bistro Berkeley$165/night+Link510-548-99301538 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Hotel Durant$203/night+Link510-809-41202600 Durant Ave., Berkeley
Hotel Shattuck Plaza$218/night+Link510-845-73002086 Allston Way, Berkeley
Rose Garden Inn$179/night+Link510-549-21452740 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley
UC Faculty Club$125/night+Link510-540-5678UC Berkeley
Hyatt House$256/night+Link510-601-58805800 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Hilton Garden Inn$188/night+Link510-658-93001800 Powell St, Emeryville
Courtyard by Marott$229/night+Link510-652-87775555 Shellmound St, Emeryville
Holiday Inn Express$168/night+Link510-548-17001175 University Ave, Berkeley
Americas Best Value Inn$125/night+Link510-525-67701620 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA

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

List of Festival Venues

Outdoor Festival – Civic Center Park151 MLK Jr. Way & Allston
San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park 2151 MLK Jr. Way & Allston
The Family Stage Corner of Milvia St. & Allston
Alta Stage at Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison St.
BAMPFA, The Barbro Osher Theater 2155 Center St.
Berkeley City College, Auditorium2050 Center St.
Berkeley Public Library – Community Room2090 Kittredge St. (3rd Fl.)
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)
The Magnes Collection 2121 Allston Way