In addition to all it has to offer–award winning schools, stunning vistas, charming little towns, great all year weather, outstanding restaurants and shopping–Marin stands out among the San Francisco Bay Area suburban areas with its great commuting options to San Francisco, excellent access to airports and vicinity to world renowned recreational destinations. See the “How long will your commute take?” table below.
The travel time from each of our Marin cities depends on how far north it is but also how close it is to Highway 101.
The Golden Gate Transportation District offers both bus and ferry service to San Francisco’s ferry building, located in the heart of the financial district. Imagine commuting to work on a ferry every day and feasting your eyes on some of the most gorgeous views in the Bay area. Ferry service is available from Sausalito, Tiburon and Larkspur.. Buses also provide a convenient, reliable and comfortable alternative.
Marin commuters may have another option to get to their jobs starting in 2017 – a water taxi. The Tideline Marine Group of Sausalito has been ferrying people around the bay since 2012 and has stops in Marin at Angel Island, Paradise Cay, Sam’s Anchor Cafe in Tiburon, Cavallo Point and the Trident restaurant in Sausalito, as well as Terrapin Crossroads restaurant in San Rafael. Now Tideline is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to grant it a permit to start commute service. Initial service would be from Berkeley to San Francisco, but within eight months there are plans for a similar run from Belvedere to San Francisco and eventually other Marin launch points, said Taylor Lewis, Tideline chief executive officer and a Mill Valley resident. Imagine how cool that will be!
While traffic has been getting worse in the San Francisco Bay Area with the improved economy, including in Marin County, we do not have any of the most congested freeways recently identified, thankfully. In addition, traffic is being carefully monitored on major roads and the Golden Gate Bridge to keep it as fluid as possible.
SMART commuters trains are scheduled to begin offering service in 2016 and relieve traffic on Highway 101. Marin rail stops now include Larkspur, downtown San Rafael, the Marin Civic Center and stations in Novato at Hamilton and Atherton Avenue/San Marin Drive. Click here to find out more about the SMART train.
SERVICE TO AIRPORTS
The Marin Airporter, a very convenient bus shuttle service, provides reliable and affordable service to the San Francisco airport from several locations alongside highway 101. Shuttle, taxi and limo service is also available to the Oakland Airport. Lyft, Uber and Wingz also cover Marin and offer quick, convenient service.
VICINITY TO WORLD RENOWNED DESTINATIONS
Marin County is also in close proximity of Stinson Beach (think body surfing, all year round walks on the beach) and Point Reyes (think oysters, whale watching,) the Wine Country (Sonoma and Napa and their wineries and world famous restaurants), the Russian River and Lake Tahoe and its many ski resorts.
HOW LONG WILL YOUR COMMUTE TAKE?
|DRIVING DISTANCE AND APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIME|
|MARIN CITIES||DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO*||SAN FRANC. INTL. AIRPORT|
|* I used Union Square to measure the distance to downtown San Francisco.|