Visiting Muir Woods? Here’s everything you need to know about the Muir Woods Shuttle – from when it runs, to cost and schedules.
First off, let us start by saying there are plenty of ways to get to Muir Woods besides using the Muir Woods Shuttle.
We always suggest hopping on San Francisco tours that stop at Muir Woods — like our San Francisco Muir Woods Tour and our Alcatraz Muir Woods Tour.
You can check out the complete list of ways on getting to Muir Woods here.
But, getting to Muir Woods in 2018 is more different than ever before. Most notably the new required reservation system for the limited parking available. And to lesser fanfare, the new required reservations for the shuttle in 2018.
So, how do you buy tickets for the Muir Woods Shuttle? Where do you meet the shuttle? How do you get to Muir Woods without a car?
If you’ve decided to take a shuttle to Muir Woods, here’s what you need to know for your Muir Woods day trip!
How far is Muir Woods from San Francisco?
The distance from San Francisco to Muir Woods is only about 16 miles, but it can take up to an hour or more on local transit.
The local bus to Muir Woods from San Francisco is definitely not the most efficient option, which is why taking one of the shuttles from Marin/Sausalito or going on a Muir woods tour bus can be a huge time saver.
When you can reserve Muir Woods Shuttle tickets
You’ll be able to make Muir Woods Shuttle reservations on all weekends and holidays. Shuttle tickets are only available on weekdays during the busiest time of year, June 18th through August 10th.
Making reservations for the Shuttle to Muir Woods
Shuttle tickets need to be purchased directly through the gomuirwoods website, where you can also look at the Muir Woods shuttle schedule.
A round trip shuttle to Muir Woods will be $3 for anyone 16 and older. Younger than that is free — but still require a reservation for seating.
*Also, keep in mind that the cost for entering the national monument is an additional $10 per person for Muir Woods tickets. So, your total Muir Woods cost per person will be around $13.
Tickets for the shuttle are reserved for one of three pick-up locations. Depending on the pick-up location, reservations are either made for an exact departure time or thirty minute intervals.
Shuttle pick up locations
There are three pick-up locations in Marin County for the shuttles to Muir Woods (unfortunately, there is no Muir Woods shuttle from San Francisco directly).
Each stop for the shuttle has varying levels of parking available and different departure schedules.
Remember to hold on to your tickets after boarding, because you will need to show your Muir Woods Shuttle tickets again when you are leaving the forest.
Sausalito Ferry Terminal
The most popular, and most crowded, pick-up location is the Sausalito shuttle to Muir Woods, near the ferry pier. There is some paid parking, but keep in mind parking in downtown Sausalito maxes out at two-three hours.
The Sausalito to Muir Woods Shuttle reservations for this stop are made for an exact departure time — so be sure to get there at least 15 minutes early!
Pohono Park & Ride
The most underrated shuttle pick-up location, the Pohono Park and Ride! There is free Muir Woods Shuttle parking available at this pick-up spot.
Muir Woods Shuttle reservations are made for a 30 minute departure window for the Pohono St Park and Ride stop.
Marin City Hub
This stop for the shuttle is good for anyone already planning on catching a ride share to the pick-up location since there is no parking available.
Reservations are made for an exact departure time — be sure sure to get there at least 15 minutes before your scheduled ride for the shuttle to Muir Woods.
Leaving Muir Woods on the Shuttle
Your tickets for the shuttle include round trip transportation, back to one of the three different shuttle stops.
Even though your ride into the forest is reserved for a specific departure time, your ride out of the forest is not. This allows you to hike the redwoods of Muir Woods at your own pace.
Leaving the forest on the shuttle is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Keep in mind that during peak hours, beginning around noon, that long lines form for the shuttle (especially the Muir Woods Sausalito Shuttle) .
Once the shuttle reaches capacity, the rest of the line will have to wait for the next shuttle back into Sausalito or Marin City.