How to Get to Muir Woods from San Francisco
Taking time to explore the beautiful coastal redwoods of Muir Woods is one of the best attractions for anyone visiting San Francisco, and allows you to enjoy some fresh air as you escape the city and explore the trails in the old-growth grove. This Wi-Fi, and cell service-free park will allow you to take a short, rejuvenating screen detox as you reconnect with nature. Start exploring Muir Woods today by using any of the following transportation methods to get there.
One way of getting to Muir Woods from San Francisco is by car. The 16-mile journey will take you at least 40 minutes, depending on traffic. This beautiful drive will take you over the Golden Gate Bridge allowing you to see beautiful views of the bay. If you choose to drive to Muir Woods, please be aware that you will be driving up Mount Tamalpais. This mountain road has sharp turns, large drop-offs, and is often filled with other vehicles, and tour buses.
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.
In order to park at Muir Woods, you will need to reserve a parking spot in advance - you will not be able to purchase parking at the park. Parking will cost you $8 per vehicle.
Go on a Muir Woods Bus Tour
There are a few San Francisco based bus tours that will take you to Muir Woods. 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.
Our favorite San Francisco bus tours is our 1 Day in San Francisco Tour With Alcatraz. This tour allows you to explore San Francisco, Alcatraz, and Muir Woods all in one day. It is the perfect tour for anyone who is short on time, wants a small group experience, and would like to see all the best attractions in the Bay Area, including the enchanting Muir Woods National Monument. For more information on different San Francisco tours that explore the park click here.
Bike to Muir Woods
Biking to Muir Woods is an option, however it will not be the best option for most people. Once you cross over the Golden Gate Bridge, this stunning bike ride becomes more intense as you bike up Mt. Tamalpais. If you choose to bike all the way there, you will have to pedal up hill, maneuver around big buses, and follow the mountain road’s sharp turns. This method of transportation is only recommended for athletic, trained cyclists.
If you aren’t a professional cyclist, but would like to enjoy a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then catch a mini-bus ride to Muir Woods, we have the perfect tour for you. 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. This tour will add a little more adventure to your Muir Woods day trip.
Take the Muir Woods Shuttle from Sausalito
If you are visiting Muir Woods on the weekend, or during the summer, you could take the Muir Woods shuttle that leaves from Sausalito. The $3 shuttle stops at three locations in Sausalito, bringing visitors up to Muir Woods every sixty minutes.
We recommend that you take the ferry from Pier 39 to Sausalito, and then catch the shuttle bus up to Muir Woods.
Reservations sell-out on busier weekends, so be sure to book in advance. Please note that shuttle reservations are location-specific, and the tickets are round-trip.
Take an Uber, Lyft or Taxi up to Muir Woods
Another way to get to Muir Woods is by ride-share. This is one of the least cost-effective way of getting to and from Muir Woods, costing approximately $50 each way.
Please keep in mind that you will be able to ride-share from San Francisco to Muir Woods, but since there’s no cell phone reception, or Wi-Fi 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 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 would be perfect for you. While this is the most expensive way to get to the park, it is also the most convenient, as the hire car will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel.
Our friends over at SF Modern Limo charge $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.