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How much time driving Walnut Creek to OAK on a weekday morning?

How much time driving Walnut Creek to OAK on a weekday morning?

Old Nov 12, 18, 2:21 pm
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How much time driving Walnut Creek to OAK on a weekday morning?

What are your best estimates? Need to be at OAK by 7:45am

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Old Nov 12, 18, 4:05 pm
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Without traffic this would be 30 minutes, plus additional time (if needed) for parking or rental car return. However 7am would be prime rush hour, you will encounter some traffic on Highway 24 as it is one of the main approaches to the Bay Bridge. The normal route would be to take 980 to 880 South; if things look horrific the fallback route would be 24 to Warren Freeway (13 South) to 580 South and then across town at around 98th. Waze will know. Mondays are the worst. 880 South may also have traffic.
So to answer the question, I would allocate 60 minutes - if you arrive early there are plenty of dining options.
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Old Nov 12, 18, 7:22 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
... if things look horrific the fallback route would be 24 to Warren Freeway (13 South) to 580 South and then across town at around 98th. Waze will know.
I would be at the ready to take that route from Walnut Creek to OAK. OP, look at the traffic maps and/or listen to KCBS 740 for traffic updates every 10 mins.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 5:54 am
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Would expect 60 mins, 75 mins to be safe. Things usually pick up once you're past the MacArthur maze and the SF-bound cars are off the highway. Can save a few mins by going for the left bore of the Caldecott and staying in the left lane after coming out.
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Old Dec 24, 18, 6:21 pm
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Can you ditch the car and use Bart train??
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Old Dec 24, 18, 8:30 pm
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To close the loop.... took about 35 minutes from our Walnut Creek hotel (Embassy Suites) to OAK. Biggest backup/slowdown was on I-680/CA24 merge; it didn't begin to speed up until almost central Lafayette exit. (Google maps took us on a "back roads" way that avoided that clog and put us on CA24 at Central Lafayette. There were no problems at the Caldecott nor later. Although there were some pucker moments on the under-construction-and-already-too-narrowly-laned I-880 with semis barreling through with little regard for their surroundings (and I swear every third vehicle is a semi).
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Old Dec 24, 18, 9:33 pm
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Traffic is much lighter Xmas eve.
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Old Dec 24, 18, 10:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Boraxo View Post
Traffic is much lighter Xmas eve.
True. But my trip was mid-November
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
True. But my trip was mid-November
LOL! I'm glad it was uneventful...
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Old Dec 25, 18, 12:08 am
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Originally Posted by cblaisd View Post
(and I swear every third vehicle is a semi).
1) Do not swear.
2) The big rigs are banned on I-580 from Downtown Oakland through I-238, so all that traffic must take 880 to 238, making that stretch big rig heavy.
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