What to do if the Muir Woods Shuttle is Full

Posted on January 17, 2018 |


  • Tickets for the Muir Woods Shuttle are available at gomuirwoods.com
  • Tickets are $3  for anyone 16 or older and free for those 15 or younger
  • The Muir Woods Shuttles runs every weekend and on holidays
  • The most convenient/most difficult place to pick up the Muir Woods Shuttle is from the Sausalito Ferry Terminal aka Route 66F. Instead, try to catch the Muir Woods Shuttle from a few miles/kilometers away at the Phono Street Park & Ride aka Route 66s. Reservations are made for 30 minute departure windows at this stop and are usually much, much less crowded than at the Sausalito Ferry stop.


Whether the Muir Woods Shuttle is full of if the Muir Woods Shuttle just isn’t running — here are 7 options for getting to Muir Woods without the shuttle.


OPTION 1: Hop on San Francisco tours that visit Muir Woods

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Posted by Dylan's Tours on Friday, March 31, 2017

There’s no shortage of Muir Woods tours from San Francisco. Some of the best Bay Area tours stop at Muir Woods. But our personal favorite of all the San Francisco tours is, naturally, Dylan’s Famous Tour. Our most popular San Francisco tour cruises through the city exploring iconic San Francisco neighborhoods, stops for lunch in Sausalito and stops for Muir Woods hikes.

Our Muir Woods tour is “Famous” because you get to discover all of San Francisco’s most popular spots — many neighborhoods that big buses aren’t allowed in — as well as stopping for over an hour to explore the redwoods of Muir Woods. Why is this one of the best ways to get to and from Muir Woods? Not only do you get picked up and dropped off in San Francisco, but you don’t have to worry about making parking reservations at Muir Woods!

OPTION 2: Ride share to Muir Woods, cab to Sausalito then ride share to San Francisco

Technically, you can ride share up to Muir Woods. Except,  you won’t have any cell phone reception to order your ride share back to San Francisco. Which makes ride sharing to Muir Woods one of the worst ways of getting to Muir Woods. Even though this iconic redwood forest is just north of San Francisco, this National Park is notorious for it’s poor reception. Which is why you’ll need to hail an old fashioned cab to get back to anywhere with cell phone reception.

Cabbies will be happy to bring you back to San Francisco from Muir Woods — for a hefty price. We’re talking $70 just to get to the Golden Gate Bridge. Your next best bet would be to take a cab down the mountain to the waterfront town of Sausalito. There you’ll have enough reception to order a ride share back into the city. We realize this requires a lot of run around — which is why we can’t, in good faith, suggest ride sharing to Muir Woods.

OPTION 3: Ride share to Muir Woods,  cab to Sausalito and ferry to San Francisco

If you make the mistake of taking a ride share up to Muir Woods, the lack of cell phone reception will make it all but impossible to order one back into San Francisco. There’s usually a few cabs hanging around the Muir Woods parking lot and for $70 they’ll take you to the Golden Gate Bridge. Outrageous, we know.

It won’t be much cheaper, but you can take a cab down into Sausalito for lunch. Afterwards you can take the scenic route back to the city on a ferry. The Sausalito ferries will take you to either Pier 41, near Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 or the Sausalito ferry will take you to the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street. DIY San Francisco tours anyone?

OPTION 4: For the best bay area tours, see everything in one day with an Alcatraz tour

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Posted by Dylan's Tours on Thursday, August 31, 2017

For those looking to pack even more in two days you might want to consider our Alcatraz & Famous Tour — aka our Alcatraz and city tour!

If you’ve only got two days for a San Francisco sightseeing tour, this is the tour for you. Not only do you get to spend over an hour at Muir Woods and in Sausalito– but you’ll be able to stay on Alcatraz for as long as you like!

OPTION 5: Reserve parking in advance and drive up

This one is easier said than done. Muir Woods rolled out a new parking reservation system in 2018. Reservations are $8. That’s an additional charge to the $10 entry fee. San Francisco tours to Muir Woods are sounding pretty nice right about now, aren’t they?

Muir Woods parking is extremely limited and is expected to sell out during the busy summer months. So, you’ll need to reserve parking early — or just hop on one of our San Francisco tours to Muir Woods 😉

OPTION 6: Bike  up THEE MOUNTAIN of mountain bikes

Past the Golden Gate Bridge is Marin County. There sits Mt. Tamalpais, home to Muir Woods National Monument — and the birthplace of mountain bikes! The predecessor to the modern mountain bikes were used on  Mt. Tamalpais. These early version of mountain bikes were just surdy old Schwinn bike frames with fatter tires and better breaks.

Even though the road to Muir Woods is filled with hair pin turns, big sightseeing buses and NO BIKE LANE — you still see plenty of avid bicyclists daring to bike up and down the mountain.

We definitely don’t suggest this route lightly. But it is, technically, a  possibility to bike up to Muir Woods — if your idea of a good time is dodging buses and vehicles on a windy mountain road with no guardrails and no bike lanes.

OPTION 7: Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and catch a private Muir Woods shuttle

Bike the Bridge & Shuttle to Muir Woods

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Posted by Dylan's Tours on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Normally, if you bike across the Golden Gate Bridge — then you have to bike right back across to San Francisco to return your bike. Unless you book the only combination bicycle San Francisco tour and Muir Woods shuttle! That’s right, you can get the best of both worlds with our bike the bridge and Muir Woods Shuttle.

Enjoy the “choose your own adventure” style San Francisco by picking up your bike rental from our shop in North Beach. You’ll be able to bike across San Francisco’s waterfront and across the Golden Gate Bridge where you’ll be able to drop off your bike rental in Sausalito and enjoy lunch looking out onto San Francisco’s skyline.

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