Wondering how to get to Muir Woods without a car? This is our favorite way to get to the redwoods without a rental from San Francisco.
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 winding 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:
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.
And unfortunately there aren’t many options for public Muir Woods transportation from the city.
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.
How to get to Muir Woods from San Francisco without a car – the hard way
The distance from San Francisco to Muir Woods is 16.4 miles, so it can take awhile to get there if you don’t know what the most efficient transport options are.
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 (which fills up quickly).
After hiking Muir Woods, you’ll still need to get that bike rental back to San Francisco.
You’ll have to choose to either to: 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.
After, all those Muir Woods hikes you’ve tackled, that just sounds exhausting.
*And just as a side note, if you’re not interested in biking and you were thinking of taking the bus from San Francisco to Sausalito, it takes at least an hour on public transit to get there from the city.
Luckily for travelers hoping to get from San Francisco to Muir Woods, Dylan’s Tours has an EASY WAY of getting to Muir Woods without a car for your perfect Muir Woods day trip!
How to get to Muir Woods from San Francisco without a car – the easy way
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, making it one of the best Muir Woods tours in San Francisco.
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 bus for a ride up the mountain.
This is a great way to do your own Muir Woods and Sausalito tour in one day, and our Muir Woods Shuttle schedule is timed perfectly to allow you a decent amount of time in this beautiful seaside city.
Once you make it from Sausalito to Muir Woods, our shuttle will swiftly drop you off (no need to worry about Muir Woods Shuttle Parking), and you’ll have the chance to explore the 2,000 year old redwood trees of Muir Woods for over an hour on the many Muir Woods trails.
*Just make sure to bring $10 per person for the Muir Woods tickets at the entrance.
An hour is a good amount of time to tackle a couple of the popular Muir Woods hiking trails and get a good overview of the park.
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.
You’ll be dropped off near Fisherman’s Wharf and the North Beach/Little Italy area to finish off your San Francisco Muir Woods tour.
The best part? You can save 10% off your San Francisco bike rental and Muir Woods shuttle tour with promo code “THEEASYWAY”!
Sounds pretty great for a San Francisco redwoods tour that saves you a whole lot of time, right?!
After decades in the San Francisco tourism industry, we can confidently say that this is the best way to get to Muir Woods without a car (and it’s a good option for how to see the Golden Gate Bridge without a car as well)!