During Spring and Summer the Muir Woods parking lot fills up early. In fact, on weekends and holidays it seems like you blink in the morning and the last spot is gone! Soon the roads outside the Park are lined with parked cars, and the walk to the closest empty spot gets longer and longer and longer.
The buses on Route 66 (and Route 66F to the Sausalito Ferry) take visitors up to Muir Woods and back to the large Pohono St. parking area, which is a short walk from the better-known (and even larger) Manzanita St. Park N Ride.
The shuttles run ONLY on weekends and holidays from late March to late October, from mid-morning till late afternoon. From November through March there is no shuttle except on holidays and holiday weekends, but at least the crowds are smaller even if the parking lots fill up.
Muir Woods Shuttle Ticket Prices
Round-Trip Fares for the shuttle are:
Adults (Ages 16 and up): $5
Youths 15 and under: Free
You cannot buy a one way fare, just a round trip ticket. You pay for your round trip when you arrive at the Muir Woods Visitor Center, and they accept credit cards and cash. Marin Transit Value Cards or Marin Transit passes are also accepted, but they don’t take Clipper cards.
When you pay for your round trip upon arriving at Muir Woods you’ll get a receipt for the return trip down the mountain. Be sure to have this ready to present to the driver, because they do require it (to avoid people hopping on for free).
Insiders Tip: The last bus of the day is often full, which can leave some people stuck in the parking lot calling (expensive) taxis to get back to their cars. Avoid taking the last trip of the day when going home.
Route 66 to Pohono & Manzanita Park N Ride Lots
Left image below: The Pohono Bus Stop, Right image: Route 66 Bus heading off to Muir Woods after stopping there.
When the small lot up on the mountain fills up each weekend or holiday morning from April through October, CalTrans will display electronic signs on Highway 101 in Mill Valley that say “Muir Woods Parking Lots Full.”
If you take the Highway 1 exit from the freeway you’ll see street signs pointing out the route to the Pohono St. parking lot where you can park for free and take the Muir Woods Shuttle. This shuttle bus is the famous Route 66.
OK, maybe all the songs are about a different Route 66, but if you’re going to Muir Woods our version of Route 66 is a very important resource.
The map at the bottom of this page shows the parking area at the Pohono St. lot.
The Route 66 bus picks up and drops off visitors at the Pohono St. Park and Drive lot at the northern edge of Sausalito. (This is a big improvement from last year, when inbound and outbound trips used different lots.) Pohono St. is just a short walk under the overpass from the popular Manzanita St. Park N Ride.
Insiders Tip: The parking lot is next to several signs that clearly identify the bus stop for the Muir Woods Shuttle, but the lot itself is not obvious — it looks like all the parking there is for the office complex adjacent to the bus stop.
After you turn onto Pohono St. (which is only one block long) and head towards the offices turn left at the entrance to the building, where the road splits. You’ll pass the office parking area and in about 50 yards you’ll come to another large parking area clearly labeled for Muir Woods Shuttle parking.
This is the Pohono St. Park and Ride and Muir Woods Shuttle parking lot.
The photo at the right below shows a great sign they have near the bus stop that shows clearly how the area is laid out. If all signs in Sausalito and Muir Woods were this clear and well designed, well… that would be bad for us because you wouldn’t need our website so often to explain things!
If you’re coming north from San Francisco and get off Highway 101 at the Highway 1 exit the Pohono lot will be on your right immediately after you exit, next to an office complex on the shore of the Bay.
If you’re coming from the north, exit 101 at the Highway 1 exit, turn right at the first stop sign and then turn right again at the stoplight, where you meet Shoreline Highway. After you go under the freeway the Pohono St. lot will be on your left.
You can find a complete map of all the shuttle bus stops here.
Route 66F to the Sausalito Ferry Pier
There is also a route 66F from the Sausalito Ferry Terminal. On most trips (click here for schedule and scroll to the bottom of the schedule page for the Ferry route) the Route 66F Bus also stops at the Marin City Transit Bus Hub, on Donahue St. at Terners near Best Buy in Marin City.