Insiders Tip: Special Muir Woods Shuttle 66 and Shuttle 66F Buses run on weekends and holidays from late spring through October, and on major holidays including the weekends for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. If you’re not coming on a weekday we strongly recommend you take the shuttle instead of driving, because you’ll save a lot of hassles and headaches!
Insiders Tip: After October 30 there is no Muir Woods Shuttle service except on the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s weekends. The park remains open every day of the year, however, and autumn and winter are often especially beautiful here.
Insiders Tip: There is little no to cell phone service at Muir Woods and in the Muir Woods parking lots. Don’t wait to take the last shuttle of the day (which can fill up, leaving you stranded) or assume you can call a taxi cab, Uber or Lyft from the parking lot. Either pre-schedule a pickup time with a ride service, taxi or friend, or take a shuttle prior to the last departure. It’s a long walk if you need to go far enough down the mountain to get to a live cell service zone!
How to Get to Muir Woods
How do you get to Muir Woods? Before you drive, make sure to read our page about Parking at Muir Woods and about the Muir Woods Shuttle. Parking at the site is very limited (or, as we tell friends, “will drive you bleeping crazy”) and we offer a lot of insider suggestions.
Walking a long ways on a narrow road after the lack of parking made you crazy is not a good way to start a visit to one of the most peaceful and serene places on earth. I was born in this area and I still prefer the shuttle to driving familiar roads.
OK, I’ll get off that point now!
RV Owners: Vehicles over 35′ in length (11 meters) are not allowed on the roads leading to Muir Woods, which are narrow, twisty-turny and feature a few spectacular drop-offs. Check out the video below.
Is there someone in your group who gets carsick easily? The narrow road up to Muir Woods is not that long, but it does have lots of twists and turns. If you do drive your car and someone is especially susceptible to motion sickness (like one of the editors of OurSausalito, and please don’t ask about the gory details) we recommend providing them with Dramamine, letting them ride shotgun, or doing whatever else will make the trip more pleasant. The video below will make this point better than any words we can write.
Although the map at the bottom of this page may look complicated, getting to Muir Woods is simple: exit 101 at the Highway 1 exit in Mill Valley and follow the signs for Highway 1 to Stinson Beach and Muir Woods. Go up the hill until the sign tells you to turn right on Panoramic Highway for Muir Woods. Take Panoramic Highway until you see the sign to turn left on Muir Woods Road, which takes you to the park. The signs along the route are large and clear.
To get to the Highway 1 exit on Highway 101 northbound or southbound:
From Marin and the North Bay: Take Highway 101 south to Mill Valley and exit at the Highway 1 offramp, then follow the signs. The exit is right after your cross the Richardson Bay overpass (or Bridge, if you prefer!).
From Berkeley and Contra Costa County: Cross the Richmond-San Rafael bridge on Highway 580 West, then take the Highway 101 south exit (which takes you on surface streets for about 2 miles before you reach the 101 south onramp). Then follow the Marin and North Bay directions above..
From San Francisco and the Peninsula: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Highway 101 North just past the last Sausalito offramp and exit at the Highway 1 offramp, then follow the signs.