The best way of getting to Muir Woods without a car

Posted on October 10, 2018 |

Driving to Muir Woods from San Francisco has always been tricky. Now that advanced Muir Woods parking reservations are required, getting to Muir Woods is trickier than ever before.

If you’re an active cyclist you might just be tempted to ride over to Muir Woods yourself. But, keep this in mind: you have to get up a 2,500ft/780m tall mountain to get to Muir Woods. The windy road up the mountain is filled with hair pin turns. And that road is shared between big tour buses shuttling people to the redwood forest and Uber drivers who have lost their GPS signal and don’t know the way to Muir Woods.

What we’re trying to say is:

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Muir Woods Shuttle

The same could easily be said about trying to take Uber or Lyft to Muir Woods. Why? Because there is no cell phone reception at Muir Woods — so you won’t be able to request a ride out of the redwood forest! Cabbies will gladly help you out… for about $75 just to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.


So, if you can’t bike to Muir Woods. And you can’t  Uber to Muir Woods. Then what’s the best way to get to Muir Woods without driving?

Combine the best of both worlds with a San Francisco bike rental to get across the Golden Gate Bridge where you can then catch a Muir Woods shuttle!


Just be careful not to do this the HARD WAY.

It's not as easy as you think trying to bike to Muir Woods

Bike rentals in San Francisco range from $35-$80 for the day (depending on if you’re renting a 7 speed bike or an electric bike). The San Francisco bike rentals almost always need to be returned to the original pick up location. This means you’ll need to lock up your bike before catching the $3 public shuttle to Muir Woods. After hiking Muir Woods, you’ll still need to get that bike rental bike to San Francisco. You’ll have to choose to either: bike back up the hill to the Golden Gate Bridge or again wait on a first-come,first-serve basis for the ferry back to San Francisco — all so you can drop your bike back off.


Luckily for travelers hoping to get from San Francisco to Muir Woods, Dylan’s Tours has an EASY WAY to get to Muir Woods without a car!

San Francisco bike rental and Muir Woods tour

Here at Dylan’s Tours we have created the perfect combo tour for anyone trying to get to Muir Woods without a car. Dylan’s Tours offers the only bike rental with private shuttle to Muir Woods on the Bike the Bridge  Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour.

Pick up regular bikes ($85 per person with private Muir Woods shuttle) or electric bikes ($105 per person with private Muir Woods shuttle) from our convenient North Beach/Little Italy to ride across the Golden Gate Bridge before dropping them off with our partner in Sausalito.

From there you can enjoy a leisurely lunch before catching our private Muir Woods shuttle for a ride up the mountain. Where you’ll have the chance to explore the 2,000 year old redwood trees of Muir Woods for over an hour. We know you’ll be pretty tired after this, so our private Muir Woods shuttle will bring you back down the mountain and across the Golden Gate Bridge to be dropped off near Fisherman’s Wharf and the North Beach/Little Italy area.

The best part? You can save 10% off your San Francisco bike rental and Muir Woods shuttle tour with promo code “THEEASYWAY”!

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