Getting there & away
The regional company AC Transit (510-839-2882) operates a number of buses from San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal (Mission & 1st Sts) to the East Bay. The F line leaves from the Transbay Terminal to the corner of University and Shattuck Aves approximately every half-hour (fare $3, 30 minutes).
Between Berkeley and downtown Oakland, take AC Transit bus 15, which runs along Martin Luther King Jr Way, or bus 40, which travels up and down Telegraph Ave ($1.50). Bus 51 travels along Broadway in Oakland and then along College Ave in Berkeley, past the UCB campus and down to the Berkeley Marina.
With your own wheels you can approach Berkeley from San Francisco by taking the Bay Bridge and then following either I-80 (for University Ave, downtown Berkeley and the UCB campus) or Hwy 24 (for College Ave and the Berkeley Hills).
The city runs two parking garages, and UCB runs one on Bancroft Way between Telegraph Ave and Dana St. The situation improves in the evenings and on weekends, when the other university lots open to the public (check times carefully; fees vary).
Though Amtrak (800-872-7245) does stop in Berkeley, the shelter (University Ave and 3rd St) is not staffed and direct connections are few. More convenient is the nearby Emeryville Amtrak station (510-450-1081; 5885 Landregan St), a few miles south of the Berkeley stop.
To reach Emeryville station from downtown Berkeley, take BART to the MacArthur station and from there take AC Transit bus 57 to the train station.