Marin County is expansive and getting there quickly usually just does not happen. Below are a handful of traffic tips that will help you on the roads. There is also a variety of transportation methods of getting around, from bus and ferry service, to destination shuttles, airport transfers, and car rentals.
Commuter Traffic Tips
Morning commute: 6am-10am, southbound Hwy. 101 between SR-37 and Lincoln Ave.
- Evening commute: 3:30pm-6:30pm, northbound Hwy. 101 between Seminary Dr. and Mission Ave.
- Evening commute: 3:30pm-6:30pm, northbound between DeLong Ave. and the Marin-Sonoma County line.
For the best use of your travel time, it is advised to stay off the 101 Freeway and main city thoroughfares from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 6pm.
It is highly recommended that you utilize public transportation when available to access Marin’s most popular attractions. The Muir Woods Shuttle service runs a shuttle to Muir Woods during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it is the best way to see the beautiful redwoods without the traffic hassle. Other forms of public transportation such as the Golden Gate Transit Bus service, and the Golden Gate Ferry service are also recommended when visiting Marin and the Greater Bay Area.
Please be respectful of local considerations when parking and accessing a high volume tourist area such as Pt. Reyes, Muir Woods, Angel Island, etc. During the weekdays, traffic to these locations is lighter than on weekends, but remember to observe all parking requirements and respect for the local population when traveling to these areas. Marin has an abundance of natural beauty and outdoor attractions so please enjoy responsibly and tread lightly when visiting our most popular attractions.
Try to plan your trip to Marin during the weekdays or during the off-season (Oct-March) to get the maximum amount of time in our area with the least amount of traffic issues. The selection of attractions, shopping, dining, outdoor activities, and other visitor related areas is greatly enhanced for the visitor who comes to Marin County during this timeframe. Weekday trips offer the visitor nearly unlimited opportunities to see Marin County while minimizing your travel footprint. Contact the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau in advance of your trip to let us help you plan the best use of your time and plot your travel route during your stay.
Angel Island Tiburon Ferry
21 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
We are California’s only family owned and operated ferry service, now celebrating our 59th year in business. Located in picturesque Tiburon, California, the McDonogh family created what is now referred to as “The Heritage Run,” which provides ferry service from Tiburon to Angel Island State Park - California’s premiere destination for fun and adventure.
Golden Gate Ferry operates frequent ferry service between San Francisco and Larkspur in central Marin and between San Francisco and Sausalito in southern Marin County. Please visit www.goldengateferry.org.
Golden Gate Transit – Bus and Ferry Service
Golden Gate Transit operates bus service from Marin county to and from San Francisco and Sonoma County, as well as local service within Marin County. Please visit www.goldengatetransit.org or call Toll-Free 511. Say “Golden Gate Transit” then "Operator" to speak to an individual for more details on schedules.
Route 66 Muir Woods Shuttle Service
Call Toll-Free 511, say “Golden Gate Transit” then "Operator" to speak to an individual for more details on schedules.
Route 66 Muir Woods Shuttle provides shuttle service to Muir Woods on weekends and holidays from May to October. It serves the Pohono Street Park & Ride, Marin City and Sausalito on route to Muir Woods. Round-trip fares are collected at the park entrance (to Muir Woods) so make sure you hold onto your ticket for the turn from Muir Woods. Fares are as follows: adult cash fare is $5.00 and the fare for youth (ages 6 to 18), seniors (65+), and persons with disabilities are $1.00. Exact fare is required. Please refer to website for all details!
Transit and Trails
Transit and Trails provids information on how the public can get out to our wonderful parks here in the Bay Area using public transportation. You can start by Finding trailheads and preset trips, next Plan your trip from home to the start and from the end back home, and eventually Share your trip experience.
You can also download a digital version for FREE here.
SMART Train Sonoma Marin
5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 200
Petaluma, CA 94954
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is a voter-approved passenger rail and bicycle-pedestrian pathway project located in Marin and Sonoma counties. It will serve a 70-mile corridor from Larkspur to Cloverdale, with a first phase from downtown San Rafael to Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa.
SMART will connect residents and visitors with jobs, education, recreation and services.
Today, more than 75% of commuters in the North Bay travel either within or between the two counties to get to work. And the North Bay draws visitors from all over the world seeking a variety of recreation and leisure activities.
The SMART train and pathway provide options to get out of your car to get where you need to go, for work or for fun — and to do work or have fun along the way.
West Marin Stage Coach
Enjoy this great local transit service for your transportation needs to West Marin destinations such as Mount Tamalpais State Park, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Bear Valley Visitors Center at Point Reyes National Seashore, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Inverness and more. (See website for current schedules and a full listing of all destinations.) Vehicles are equipped with bicycle racks for up to 2-3 bikes and wheelchair lifts for up to 2 wheelchairs. Fares range from FREE to $2.00.
Whistlestop Transportation Services
15 Jordan Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
Our comfortable, clean, and well-maintained buses are available for weekday or weekend excursions, from weddings to shopping trips, club outings, or sojourns to the Wine Country or San Francisco. Our ADA compliant vehicle capacity is 18 people and our all-ambulatory vehicle capacity is 13 people. ADA compliant vehicles are wheelchair-accessible for the care and comfort of people with disabilities.
Whistlestop began serving Marin County with specialized transportation in 1968. In partnership with Marin Transit, Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District, Transportation Authority of Marin, and others, Whistlestop serves agencies and organizations with transportation needs in Marin County and beyond.
Marin Airporter provides shuttle service between SFO to Marin County every 30 minutes. Scheduled service runs 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays! Please refer to our website for times, locations, and fares.
Pure Luxury Transportation Services
4246 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952
Rooted in hard work, customer service and innovation, Pure Luxury Transportation is the first executive full service transportation company to be “Green Certified” in the North Bay. Since 1991, we have been providing everything from airport meet and greet transportation, group shuttles, board retreats to winery tours, dinner celebrations and golf transfers. Our web site is full of detailed information on all of the transportation services we offer our clients. If you have a moment please go to www.pureluxury.com to see our impressive fleet and understand more about our services. Our operation is fully staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we service 500 cities, worldwide.