Parking and Transit

Getting to Downtown Alameda is easy. Whether you need assistance or just want to leave the car behind, there are plenty of convenient choices...

Downtown Parking

The  Civic Center Parking Structure is the best deal in town for parking near movies, surrounding businesses, and civic institutions -- rates are half the cost of parking meters, paid hours end at 5:00pm instead of 6:00pm, and parking validation is available for some activities.

The 341-space Civic Center Parking Structure located at 1416 Oak Street (between Santa Clara Ave and Lincoln Ave). The garage is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patrons pre-pay for parking for up to four hours between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays. The parking rate in the garage is $0.75 per hour.

The City also operates two surface parking lots in the Park Street district, along with street parking in front of the businesses. Hourly fees for all meters are in effect Monday - Saturday, 9:00am - 6:00pm.

Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue
Lot C is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak and Park Streets

Electric Car Charging Stations

There are three spaces with re-charging stations reserved for electric cars on the first floor of the Civic Center Garage. Payment for parking in these spaces is the same as all other spaces in the garage.

Bicycle Lockers

There are 24 bike racks and 16 electronic BikeLink lockers (elockers) located in the Civic Center Garage. BikeLink cards can be purchased at and can be used at any BikeLink locker located throughout the Bay Area.

Bus Transit

AC Transit serves Downtown Alameda via the 19, 2021, and 51A bus lines. These pass through Alameda and connect to the BART stations at Fruitvale and in Downtown Oakland.

See the AC Transit website to view route maps and schedules. To plan a trip, go to

Alameda Loop Shuttle

The Alameda Loop Shuttle provides a way for people to get around Alameda for free. The shuttle operates three loops that run on Tuesday (West Loop), Wednesday (East Loop), and Thursday (Central Loop) from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Each loop brings passengers to Downtown Alameda every half hour with stops that include Kaiser Permanente, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, and the Alameda Main Library. The service is open to all, and provides preferential seating for seniors and people with disabilities.

See the Alameda Shuttle Loop website for details and to view the schedules.

Bike Share

Alameda is the first East Bay city with a public dock-less bike share system, using LimeBike. Bikes are simple to find, unlock, and ride off on using the iPhone or Andriod smartphone app and cost $1 for every 30 minutes. Adults are encouraged to bring their own helmet, and everyone under 18 is required by law to wear a helmet.

Learn more about Alameda's bike share program:

Premium Taxi Service

The City of Alameda also offers a Premium Taxi Service program for residents 70-years or older or East Bay Paratransit-certified.

See the Alameda Paratransit website for more information.