Berkeley is an easy city to access by nearly every mode of transportation. Most visitors arriving by plane choose to fly into Oakland International Airport (OAK), a facility served by all major air carriers and rental car agencies. Berkeley is just a short drive north on Interstate 880 from OAK. If you plan on getting by without a car and would like to save on cab fare, the city is also accessible via BART, the rapid transit system that serves the entire Bay Area and has 3 stops in Berkeley. From OAK, just hop on the AirBART bus shuttle, which will take you directly to the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station, where you can then board the "Richmond" line for a direct ride to Berkeley. (Alternatively, hop on AC Transit Route 73 to get from OAK to the BART station. Both bus lines have the exact same route between the two locations.)

Although further away, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) also provides an easy connection to Berkeley via BART. Just take any BART train from SFO to Oaklan'ds 12th Street station and transfer to a "Richmond" train. Berkeley can be reached by car from SFO by taking U.S. Highway 101 north to the Bay Bridge and Interstate 80, but traffic along this corridor is very heavy during weekday rush hours.

Intercity train service is provided by Amtrak, and its Capitol Corridor trains stop at a station on the west side of Berkeley. The Capitol Corridor trains operate between Sacramento and San Jose. The San Joaquin trains, which operate between Oakland and Bakersfield with connections to Los Angeles, stop in Richmond and Emeryville. The Richmond station offers a quick and easy transfer to BART, which has 3 stops in Berkeley. The Emeryville station is a short cab ride away from Berkeley. The California Zephyr (east to Chicago) and Coast Starlight (north to Seattle, south to Los Angeles) trains also stop in Emeryville.

Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound, which has a bus depot in Oakland at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The bus depot is a short walk or quick cab ride away from the 19th Street/Oakland BART Station. Also, AC Transit Routes 18, 72, and 72M stop on the street outside of the bus depot and operate to/from Berkeley. The area immediately surrounding the Greyhound depot is marginal, so it is best to avoid walking around at night unless going directly to/from the BART station.