Oakland’s waterfront has long been the first and last land legions gold-seekers, adventurers and soldiers encountered on their way into and out of California’s interior. For many attendees, Vator Splash Oakland at Jack London Square will be the first time they’ve set foot in Oakland. With over 800 attendees expected, getting to the event venue is the first order of business..
For those who aren’t used to navigating the sunny side of the Bay, we’ve assembled our Top Three Ways to Get to Vator Splash Oakland:
1) Transbay Ferry
Arriving in your own boat is an option, given that the venue is located steps from three marinas. Alternatively, regular ferry service from San Francisco’s Ferry Building and South San Francisco toOakland’s Clay Street Ferry Terminal will allow you to arrive a brief walk from 55 Harrison Street, on Jack London Square. For further information and schedules for destinations other than those linked above, please visit the San Francisco Bay Ferry homepage.
Registration, coffee and breakfast for the event begins at 8:30AM. The last ferry you can catch to insure you don’t miss the opening remarks at 9:30AM departs the Ferry Building at 8:40AM. The last evening ferries to San Francisco depart Oakland at 7:55PM to Ferry Plaza, arriving at 8:25PM and another at 8:55PM to Pier 41, arriving at 9:25PM.
2) Uber (and Vator's $25 code)
The event venue is easily accessible by car, but for attendees who would prefer to let someone else do the driving, or who plan to stay later in the evening to enjoy the VIP dinners, afterparties or simply explore Oakland’s excellent restaurant and bar scene, Vator Splash Oakland partner Uber has extended a special offer to conference attendees: New Uber users can download the app and use the promo code: VATOR or text 827-222 to receive a free ride up to $25. $25 will allow you to travel virtually anywhere in Oakland one-way or shave about half the cost off of a ride back to San Francisco.
By far the fastest and most economical option is BART. Plan to arrive at the “12 St/Oakland City Center” BART station. Upon exiting BART and reaching street level, look for a green “B” bus stop sign at one of two locations: Broadway and 14th (in front of Walgreens) or Broadway and 11th (in front of the Marriot Hotel). Board the shuttle on the westbound side of the street heading towards the waterfront -- if the sign says “To Jack London Square” you are heading in the right direction. During conference hours, shuttles run to and from BART every 10 minutes.
General Information about the “B”: http://Bshuttle.com
Click here for map to find additional routes and directions to the event: http://www.meetdowntownoak.com/images/Broadway%20Shuttle%20Route%20Map.pdf
The free “B” Broadway Shuttle also runs from the Oakland Marriott or anywhere in downtown Oakland. Look for a green “B” bus stop sign at several locations on Broadway. If you are staying at the Marriot, there is a stop directly in front of the hotel on Broadway and 11th. Board the shuttle on the westbound side of the street heading towards the waterfront -- if sign says “To Jack London Square” you are heading in the right direction. During conference hours, shuttles run to and from BART every 10 minutes.
General Information about the “B”: http://Bshuttle.comClick here for map to find additional routes and directions to the event: http://www.meetdowntownoak.com/images/Broadway%20Shuttle%20Route%20Map.pdf
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