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Sailing in the Bay - Lynn Badger 2016
Sailing in the Bay - Lynn Badger 2016

Please keep in mind that Marin County is a popular vacation destination, and often hotels and vacation rentals book up in advance. Plan your trip 3-6 months in advance whenever possible. See our Lodging page for suggestions on places to stay. We hope you may be able to enjoy some of the beauty of the area. There are resources for places to eat out on the Local Dining page.

Temperate year-round, the weather on the Marin Coast follows a pattern of maritime fog in the morning which  gives way to California sunshine around noon. When inland valleys heat up, the coast remains cool. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended. The temperatures are significantly warmer in the north and east, the west and south are cooler. Even a few miles can make a difference in temperatures, so plan for change. This is especially important for patients who are temperature sensitive.

Transportation – Local Ground Travel

Ride Sharing
Sonoma-Marin SMART Train
Smart Train

Smart TrainNow in Service!

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the San Francisco Bay Area’s newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties. SMART’s initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma County Airport to Downtown San Rafael. Future extensions include: Larkspur, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018; Windsor; Healdsburg; and Cloverdale.

See the Smart Train website for details on fares, service, stations, schedule, etc.

Accessibility

SMART provides rail transit service that is accessible to passengers with disabilities. SMART’s platforms and trains are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Clipper Card vending machines on SMART platforms are also ADA compliant. SMART trains have ADA accessible restrooms and seating. Onboard SMART personnel are available to assist with onboarding and exiting the train, and with any other needs that may arise.

Smart Train
Bus Transit Marin County
Marin Transit

Marin TransitThe local transit provider for Marin County.

Marin Transit Local provides a local public bus service in Marin County, including local fixed route, community shuttle, supplemental school, rural fixed route (Stagecoach), and the Muir Woods Shuttle.

Marin Transit Connect is your new connection to work, home, transit, and other destinations across Northern San Rafael. Our brand new service is entirely on-demand, and it operates anywhere in the service area shown below— not just at bus stops.

To start riding, download the Marin Transit Connect app on your smartphone. Once you register, you’ll be able to request a ride from any location—to any location—in the service area. We’ll give you an estimated pickup time and plan a convenient route to your destination in one of our Marin Transit Connect shuttle vans. You can track your ride in-real time with the app, and you’ll receive text message notifications about the ride whether or not you use the app.

If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation to participate in a Marin Transit program, service, or activity, requests may be made by calling (415) 266-0855 (voice), 711 (TDD/TTY), or by email at least five days in advance of the event. Copies of documents are available in alternative formats upon request.

*For discount you may show a DMV Disabled Placard ID, RTC Discount Card, Medicare Card, or ID card for persons with disabilities from another transit service. Personal service assistants are eligible for 50% off the adult cash fare only when accompanying a person with disabilities who has an attendant logo on his/her RTC Discount Card.

Paratransit Service is available for riders who cannot access our regular fixed routes so they can still maintain their freedom to travel around Marin. Paratransit service is available during the same days and hours as our local bus service, within 3/4 mile of the routes. We offer a shared ride, door-to-door service as well as subscriptions for passengers who make regular trips to the same destination.

Marin Transit
Bus and Ferry Transit San Francisco
Golden Gate Transit

Based in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District operates the Golden Gate Bridge, and two public transit systems: Golden Gate Transit buses and Golden Gate Ferry. Last year, 38 million vehicles crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and over 9 million customers rode the transit systems.

Golden Gate Transit (GGT) provides regional fixed-route bus service in San Francisco, and in Marin and Sonoma counties. Bus service is also available between San Rafael in central Marin and the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station in western Contra Costa County. Local bus service is provided within Marin County under contract with Marin Transit.

All Golden Gate Transit (GGT) bus service is operated with lift-equipped buses that have a “kneeling feature” to make boarding easier. Any passenger may request to use the lift or kneeling feature on the bus. Not all GGT bus stops are accessible to wheelchairs. Persons requiring special assistance are encouraged to arrange for a companion to ride with them.

Fares

Discounts are available to Seniors and persons with disabilities.

Golden Gate Transit
Golden Gate Paratransit Services

Intercounty paratransit service is provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) for ADA-eligible passengers. Intercounty service (travel between counties) is operated by Whistlestop Wheels and is designed to complement GGT’s intercounty non-commute bus service. This service operates between Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Sonoma counties within three-quarters of a mile of GGT’s basic bus routes. Fares are charged and reservations are required. Contact Whistlestop at 415-454-0964 or 711/TDD.

In addition to the District’s intercounty paratransit service, Whistlestop Wheels also provides local paratransit service within Marin County on behalf of Marin Transit. Visit the Marin Access website for more information and the Marin Access Documents page for the latest Paratransit Rider’s Guide, useful brochures, applications, etc.

Golden Gate Paratransit
Golden Gate Ferry

GG FerryGolden Gate Ferry (GGF) operates daily service (except New Year’s, Thanksgiving, and Christmas days) between SausalitoTiburon (weekdays only), and Larkspur in Marin County and San Francisco, at varying intervals of 15 to 120 minutes, depending on the time of the day, day of the week, and season. Sausalito Ferry operates a peak-season schedule from about mid June to late September every year.

Golden Gate Ferry

Air Travel

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco International Airport is 13 miles (21 km) south of downtown San Francisco, California, United States, near Millbrae and San Bruno in unincorporated San Mateo County. It has flights to points throughout North America and is a major gateway to Europe and Asia. Everything you need for travel is here, like currency exchange offices, banking services and free wi-fi access.

Airport Butler concierge service offers help for travelers who need assistance. A personal concierge will meet travelers upon arrival and help ensure a smooth arrival/departure.

San Francisco International Airport and Gordon Medical Associates

Oakland International Airport

Oakland International Airport (OAK) is five miles south of downtown Oakland, in Alameda County, California. It is one of three international airports in the San Francisco Bay Area. The airport has passenger service to cities in the United States, Mexico and Europe.

Oakland International Airport and Gordon Medical Associates

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