How to Get to Muir Woods from San Francisco
The 16-mile journey across the Golden Gate Bridge will take you at least 40 minutes, but often longer. Please be aware that you will be driving up Mount Tamalpais and that there is heavy traffic along the route. You will need to reserve a parking spot well in advance of your trip at a cost of $8 per vehicle.
Take Highway 101 North
Take the Mill Valley/Highway 1/ Stinson Beach Exit.
Follow the signs to Highway 1
Follow the signs to Muir Woods.
Go on a Muir Woods Bus Tour
Taking a tour is one of the best ways of getting to the park from the city. A bus tour allows you to sit back and relax, and remove any stress of driving, parking, and planning that you would have to do if you set off to Muir Woods on your own.
The recommended tour from San Francisco is the Ultimate Day in the Bay with Muir Woods.This small group tour allows you to explore San Francisco, Sausalito, and Muir Woods all in one day.
Bike to Muir Woods
Biking to Muir Woods is an option, but not recommended. Once you cross over the Golden Gate Bridge, this stunning bike ride becomes treacherous, maneuvering around big buses and the mountain road’s sharp turns.
The suggested alternative is to bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and then catch a mini-bus ride to Muir Woods. The Bike the Bridge & Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour will allow you to enjoy an easy ride from San Francisco to the beautiful seaside town, Sausalito, where you will be able to drop off your bike, and enjoy a shuttle ride up to Muir Woods.
Take the Muir Woods Shuttle from Sausalito
If you are visiting Muir Woods on the weekend, or during the summer, you can take the Muir Woods shuttle that leaves from Sausalito. The shuttle stops at three locations in Sausalito, bringing visitors up to Muir Woods every sixty minutes.
Reservations sell-out well in advance in busier months.
Take an Uber, Lyft or Taxi up to Muir Woods
Another way to get to Muir Woods is by ride-share. This can be an expensive option, costing approximately $50 each way. Keep in mind that there’s no cell phone reception, or Wi-Fi you won’t be able to order one for the way back.
There’s still a functioning pay phone that you can use to call a cab to take you back to San Francisco, or to Sausalito, where you can catch the ferry back to the city. A taxi from Muir Woods to San Francisco will cost you $70 or more.
Hire a private car
If you’re looking for a more luxurious way to get to Muir Woods from San Francisco, a private car will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.
SF Modern Limo charges $55/hr for a town car, and $70/hr for a limousine. Please keep in mind that most car hire companies require you to book the car for a minimum of four hours.