Best ways to get to muir woods from san francisco
Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods is about 16 miles (about 26 kilometers) north of the city. If you’re driving with no traffic (not usual), it takes about 40 minutes to get there.
Thousands of people visit the towering Coastal Redwoods at Muir Woods every day, so Muir Woods has created a reservation system for parking spots ($8 per car) - book here. Please note the drive can be narrow and does take you by a few large drop-offs.
Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Biking the bridge is one of those things everyone should try at least once in their lifetime! Biking up Mount Tamalpais from San Francisco to Muir Woods? That’s a totally different story.
While it is *technically* possible to bike to Muir Woods from San Francisco, the road you take will have no bike lane and is filled with cars, SUVs and 30 foot Muir Woods tour buses taking hairpin turns around the mountain. If your bike does experience a problem, phone service can be spotty as well. On the whole, biking to Muir Woods is NOT recommended.
Take an Uber, Lyft or Taxi up to Muir Woods
Since there’s no direct public bus to Muir Woods from San Francisco, you might be tempted to turn to a ride share app, but this is one of the least cost-effective way of getting to/from Muir Woods, costing approximately $50 each way.
You’ll be able to ride-share your way from San Francisco to Muir Woods, but since there’s no cell phone reception you won’t be able to order one for the way back. Luckily, there’s still a functioning pay phone that you can use to call a cab to take you back to Sausalito or the city, or you can ask one of the Muir Woods rangers to call a taxi as well.
Hire a private car for the afternoon
If you want to arrive in style, this is for you. You won’t have to worry about calling a ride if you have a private driver already waiting for you!
Most companies require a minimum of four hours, but they’ll pick up/drop off to your hotel and you can explore at your own pace. Once you’re done, you’ll be picked up and dropped off directly from Muir Woods to San Francisco.
Our friends over at SF Modern Limo are $55/hr for a town car and $70/hr for a limo (if you REALLY want to travel in style).
Stay at the Pelican Inn - only 3 miles/5 kilometers from Muir Woods
Not many people know about this seven room English-inspired bed and breakfast tucked away in the tiny Mt. Tam community of Muir Beach.
Pelican Inn is a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean and is home to a hearty little English pub on the bottom level (perfect for after a looong hike through Muir Woods)!
It will take over an hour to walk to the entrance of Muir Woods, but it is possible, and it’s one of the closest places to stay for accommodation near Muir Woods.
Note: if you’re looking for Muir Woods camping, there are no campsites that are within the national monument. The closest campsites are Alice Eastwood and Pantoll camgrounds in Mt. Tamalpais State Park. Pelican Inn is a good alternative if you don’t want to go camping, or simply want something a bit more luxe that’s still nearby.
Take the Muir Woods Shuttle from Sausalito
Launched in 2018, the Muir Woods shuttle runs during the summer and on holiday weeks throughout the year, and it’s only $3 per person to ride! The shuttle serves three bus stop locations in Sausalito, bringing visitors up to Muir Woods every sixty minutes. We recommend taking the ferry from Pier 39 to Sausalito, grabbing some lunch, and heading up to Muir Woods in the early afternoon.
Shuttle reservations are location-specific, and the tickets are round-trip. Reservations sell-out on busier weekends, so be sure to book in advance.
Bike the golden gate bridge & shuttle to Muir woods
As mentioned earlier, biking the Golden Gate Bridge is a must-do experience for any visitor. Unfortunately the shuttle to Muir Woods is only seasonal, but there is an alternative!
Dylan’s Tours offers a daily shuttle to Muir Woods from Sausalito, as part of their Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour. Starting in North Beach, the 9-mile ride takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where you can drop-off your bike an enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, catch their small-group shuttle to Muir Woods to enjoy 75-minutes amongst the redwoods.
The best part? You don’t have to bike back to the city after your hike, Dylan’s shuttle will bring you back to San Francisco from Muir Woods!