Hotels near Coliseum
“If you’re fairly independent and don’t mind packing your own… shampoo, you can save a lot of money.”
Want to visit Oakland for a Raiders game, but don’t have much cash? You're in luck, the city is perfect for football travellers. Oakland’s Coliseum and airport are blissfully close together, the city has a great transit system, and lodging is not overpriced. Lots of Oakland residents are happy to rent you a spot in their homes, and the hotels have reasonable rates. Here’s the lowdown on getting an affordable room for game day.
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Best Location: Near the Airport

Oakland is perfectly laid out for game visitors, with the Coliseum just a 10 minute drive from the airport. If you’re only coming in for the game, you can easily get by without a car. Take the airport shuttle to your room and a cab to the game. That’ll save you car rental costs, plus $35 or more in stadium parking fees. 

Hotels: Budget Airport Hotels Make This Trip Easy

Hotels near the Oakland airport are surprisingly affordable. Although it’s hard to find sale pricing on game days, the local hotel prices stay surprisingly reasonable, with lots of rooms in the $75-150 range.  For a great balance between price and service, try the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites, the Quality Inn Oakland Airport, The Days Hotel Oakland Airport-Coliseum, or the La Quinta Inn Oakland Airport/Coliseum

Airbnb: Best Deals for Intrepid Travelers

Some of the most interesting lodging options — and the best deals — are on Airbnb, the site that lets you rent a room or apartment from a local resident. If you’re fairly independent and don’t mind packing your own tiny shampoo, you can save a lot of money. Rent a private bedroom for $50-100 a night. Hundreds of small private apartments, with a kitchen and bath you don’t have to share, available for $100-200. Traveling with a group? Split the cost of a whole house and have all the space and privacy you want.  

Oakland boasts some really unusual lodging options through Airbnb. You could opt for a creative loft space, chill in a bohemian artist studio, or go “glamping” in a psychedelic restored vintage RV. Not feeling the creative vibe? Lake houses, Colonial homes, and woodsy cottages are plentiful, too.  Tip: Use the keyword “Bart” or “transit”  to find a place with easy access to the stadium and the airport. E-mail your Airbnb host to ask for directions from the airport — some will even offer to pick you up. 

No Budget? Try a Hostel or Student Sofa

Looking for something even cheaper? You won’t find many hostels in Oakland. You’ll find dorm beds in San Francisco, with prices starting at $18-20 a night at places like the San Francisco International Hostel* or the Amsterdam Hostel. A few Bay area hostels have single rooms, but they start at $65, so a hotel or Airbnb room in Oakland is a better bet.

Got your tickets?

Tickets for big games are often sold out well in advance, so check with a site like TiqIQ to make sure seats are available. For the best bargain, look for the  “bleacher” seats (actually stadium-style chairs). The pricing in that section is a bargain at around $9. Use Scorebig to bid on better seats and last-minute tickets.

Great transit and budget accommodations and seats make Oakland a sports travellers dream. Now that you have all the information you need, get in the game and start booking your trip. 

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