With the 4.6-mile Bay Bridge linking the two waterfront cities, you can usually drive between Oakland and San Francisco within twenty minutes. Plus, you’ll experience the Bay Bridge’s ten-lane, 258-foot wide eastern expanse which opened in 2013, and is considered the widest bridge in the world by Guinness World Records. Yet, rush hour snarls are notoriously common, with the heaviest congestion coming into the city during morning hours and exiting in the evening. Motorists coming into San Francisco must pay a fee at a toll station located on the approach to the Bay Bridge. Tolls range between $5–$7 depending upon days and times. Backups at the toll station are common, with a series of FastTrak lanes and a 3-person carpool lane offering some relief. Rather sit in traffic thumbing through your Instagram, and not vigilantly scanning for a faster moving lane? Hail a ride from a cab or ridesharing service. Both cities enjoy hordes of Lyft and Uber drivers. Expect a cab or ridesharing fare from Downtown Oakland to San Francisco’s Financial District to cost around $25.