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Rental Cars at the Oakland Airport

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Rental Cars at the Oakland Airport

I'm staying in San Francisco for a couple of days and will be driving up to Tahoe. I found the best deal for a car rental at the Oakland airport. I plan to take the BART there to pick it up. This would be on a Friday. I thought I'd go back into SF and pick up the wife and kid, saving her the trouble of dragging luggage on the BART. But I can't pick up the car till 4 PM so I fear the traffic will be a nightmare over the Bay Bridge. We're staying at the Parc55. I'm thinking lug the luggage...Any comments?

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1. Re: Rental Cars at the Oakland Airport

I agree BART will also be crowded but it would be better than driving back from OAK to SF and then going across the bridge again to Tahoe

Are you not finding any deals with coupons in Union Sq or Fisherman's wharf ?

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2. Re: Rental Cars at the Oakland Airport

Well, your child would really enjoy the ride on BART. Your hotel is so close to Bart that rolling suitcases down there wouldn't be bad, and getting down the escalator ok too. You can't have THAT much luggage, can you. Child can roll bag too, and feel like a real world traveler.

Then take the AirBart bus to the airport, and rental car bus to rental.

You do want to get away to Tahoe sooner rather than later on Fridays! Be prepared for commute traffic through Sacramento.

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This sounds like a nightmare. I'd look for a more convenient solution. Leaving Oakland to go to the city to leave to tahoe...dont recommend on a friday afternoon at 4pm.

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4. Re: Rental Cars at the Oakland Airport

You're right, lug the luggage is the best solution.

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5. Re: Rental Cars at the Oakland Airport

Lug the luggage.

Or, alternatively, take Megabus to Sacramento or Reno and pick up a car there.


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