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The National Park Service has initiated a reservations system for parking and shuttle bus service to Muir Woods, with new rules, new systems and new bus stops. We have all the details here.
Like the previous shuttle service, Marin Transit operates the buses that serve Muir Woods. They continue to be named “Marin Transit Route 66,” which applies to both shuttle bus stops.
There are currently two stops to choose from under the new system, although we hope that more routes will open as the pandemic wanes.
- Sausalito Ferry Parking Lot: Downtown Sausalito on Bay St. near Bridgeway, in front of the Sausalito Ice House Visitor Center and across the street from Poggio Restaurant. This lot offers both weekend service and (from June 20 to August 30) weekday shuttle service. Insiders Tip: The Marin Transit website refers to both this stop and the Larkspur Ferry Terminal stop as Route 66, but the Sausalito shuttle bus carries the route number 66F on its lighted sign. This is the old route number for the stop that met the Sausalito Ferry, and I presume they dropped it on the website because, well, with the latest changes both shuttle routes connect to ferry landings!
- Adjacent to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal (where you can park for free on weekends), at 101 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur, CA 94939. This shuttle stop currently offers only weekend service. It’s located under the “A” bus stop sign just outside the terminal, and there is no permanent signage there. When the weekends-only service is active they set out a folding sign. This is Route 66, both on the Marin Transit website and on the buses’ lighted signs.
The Pohono St. Park and Ride lot, across the freeway from the Buckeye Roadhouse on the border between Mill Valley and Sausalito. The Manzanita Park and Ride lot in Mill Valley. The Marin City Transit Hub bus stop on Donahue St. at Terners Dr., next to the shopping center anchored by Target in Marin City, at the northern end of Sausalito next to the southbound Highway 101 Sausalito exit. Marin Transit Route 66F serves this lot.Although the transit hub appears on the reservation menu, no travel times are offered for it.
1. The Sausalito Ferry Parking Lot Muir Woods Shuttle Stop (Bay St. near Bridgeway, downtown Sausalito)
Note: In the photo above a small sign says “Weekends and Holidays only.” During the summer travel season from mid-June to late August they take down that little sign because the shuttle runs seven days a week. The rest of the year the shuttle runs only on weekends.
Advantages of this stop: It’s one block from the Sausalito Ferry pier, so you can take either ferry route from San Francisco and walk directly to the Muir Woods shuttle.
Disadvantages of this stop: The ferry parking lots charge for their service, although they get progressively cheaper the farther north you go, up as far as Johnson St. They’re also much cheaper than similar parking in San Francisco.
Route Number: 66 (on the Marin Transit website), 66F (a discontinued route number, but still shown in the buses’ route number signs).
Ferry Connections: This route connects with the Sausalito Ferry Terminal (which is just a pier, not a building), which you’ll see to the right on the Google map below if you zoom out slightly. The marker for the bus stop on the Google Map below is very accurate.
2. Adjacent to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal (where you can park for free on weekends), at 101 E Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur
Note: This service runs only on weekends in the summer of 2022. During weekdays there is no signage to tell you where to catch the shuttle. On weekends they set out the signs in the photo near Stop “A” (the only Marin Transit bus stop that is adjacent to the Larkspur Ferry terminal. In the photo above the “A” bus stop sign is directly below the two solar panels at the top center. The terminal building was directly behind me as I took the photo.
The wide photo below shows the same scene as seen by the parking lot when a Muir Woods Shuttle Bus is stopped there. The Marin Transit information van parked in front of the bus is there to answer questions and help riders. The staff members who scan the bar codes on your shuttle tickets also give clear instructions and are happy to answer questions.
Advantages of this stop:
- Free weekend parking!!!
- It’s at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal so you can take the SMART train from the north or the Golden Gate Ferry from the Ferry Building to come here on weekends and catch the shuttle. either ferry route from San Francisco and walk directly to the Muir Woods shuttle.
Disadvantages of this stop: It’s only available on weekends.
Route Number: 66.
Other Transit Connections: Marin Transit Route 228 runs from Fairfax along Sir Francis Drake (and Magnolia Ave. by College of Marin) into the Larkspur Ferry Terminal on weekends. The stop labeled “E Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Larkspur Landing” is across the street from the ferry terminal. “Larkspur Landing” is the former name of the shopping area now called Marin Country Mart.
The Marin SMART train now has a station on the hill next to Highway 101, about a 2 block walk from the ferry terminal.
Ferry Connections: This route connects with the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, served by Golden Gate Ferry
3. Closed — Reopening Date Not Announced
The Pohono St. Parking Lot Muir Woods Shuttle Stop (Pohono St. at Shoreline)
Marin Transit Shuttle Bus Route Number: 66 (Scroll down to see Route 66 on the schedule) Advantages of this stop: Free parking in a large lot. More frequent shuttle buses serve this stop Disadvantages of this stop: No shops or stores within easy walking distance. If you take the northbound Highway 1 exit from Highway 101 (just north of the Sausalito exit and on-ramp) you’ll see street signs pointing out the route to the Pohono St. Park and Ride lot, where you can park for free and take the Muir Woods Shuttle. Insiders Tip: The parking lot is next to several signs that clearly identify the bus stop for the Muir Woods Shuttle (two of which are pictured above), but the lot itself is not obvious — it looks like all the parking there is for the Glassdoor 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 in front of the entrance to the building, where the road splits. You’ll see the Richardson Bay Bridge (or overpass, as some call it) in front of you. Keep going until you pass the office parking area, and then come to another large parking area clearly labeled with lots of signs for Muir Woods Shuttle parking. This is the Pohono St. Park and Ride and Muir Woods Shuttle parking lot. The photo at the upper right below shows a great sign they have near the bus stop that shows clearly how the area is laid out, since in addition to Muir Woods it serves many different Golden Gate Transit and Marin transit bus routes. 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 from the north on Highway 101, exit at the Highway 1 exit, turn right at the first stop sign and then turn right again at the stoplight, which will bring you onto Shoreline Highway. After you go under the freeway the Pohono St. lot will be on your left. Other Transit Connections: Marin Transit Route 17 and Route 61 (the West Marin “Stagecoach” that serves the rural and beach communities to the west) as well as Golden Gate Transit Route 4 and Route 92 also serve this same bus stop. Southbound buses stop at the shelter with the big “A” on it and northbound stop at the one labeled “B” which also serves the Muir Woods Shuttle. Insiders Tip: The Google map below has one of its two “shuttle stop” labels in the wrong place. As pictured above, the Muir Woods Shuttle stop (with a big letter “B” on the bus shelter) is where there’s a small circle with a picture of a bus on the map below, on Shoreline Highway close to the corner of Pohono St. The point labeled “shuttle stop” above it is actually one corner of the shuttle parking lot.
4. No service to Muir Woods — Reopening Date Not Announced
The Marin City Transit Bus Hub Muir Woods Shuttle Stop (Donahue St. at Terners Dr.)
Marin Transit Shuttle Bus Route Number: 66F . (Scroll down to see Route 66F on the schedule) Note: This transit hub is an urban area. After dark — as you would in any urban setting — stay in well-lit places where there are other people and be aware of your surroundings. There have been robberies and car break-ins at night in this area. Advantages of this stop: Free parking at the adjacent shopping center. Links to many Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit bus routes, which also stop at this major county transit hub. Disadvantages of this stop: Less frequent shuttle buses serve this stop; Pohono St. offers more buses. Other Transit Connections: This is one of the busiest transit hubs in Marin County. Marin Transit Route 17 and Route 22 and Route 36 and Route 61 (the West Marin “Stagecoach” that serves the rural and beach communities to the west) and the express Route 71X, as well as Golden Gate Transit Route 30 and Route 70 and Route 92 also serve this same bus stop. Insiders Tip: Both southbound and northbound buses stop on the same side of the street at this long, curving transit hub bus stop. If you’re taking another bus after you get off the Muir Woods Shuttle, walk north from where you exit the Shuttle and first you’ll see a sign for southbound buses, and father up you’ll see a sign for northbound buses. The marker on the Google map below is at precisely the correct spot, which is shown in the photo above. (Yes, some of their markers are wrong.)