To visit attractions beyond Bear Valley, such as the Lighthouse, the beaches, or Tomales Point, most visitors tour Point Reyes by private automobile. On weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April, when visitation by whale watchers to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area is heavy, visitors may be required to ride a shuttle bus from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas. The only other public transit system that serves the Point Reyes area is the West Marin Stagecoach, but the Stagecoach does not go further west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard than Inverness. Please note that there are no gas or service stations within Point Reyes National Seashore, but there is one gas station located in Point Reyes Station.
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Public transportation in West Marin and Point Reyes is quite limited.
Due to limited parking at the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas, on good-weather weekends during the whale-watching season (usually the last weekend of December through early April), Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed to private automobiles beyond South Beach from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Map. To visit these locations, visitors must park at the Drakes Beach parking lot (directions) and ride the shuttle buses provided. Bus tickets may be purchased inside the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach between 9:30 am and 3 pm. Buses leave every 15–20 minutes between 9:45 am and 3:30 pm Tickets are $7/person, children 16 years or younger ride free.
Point Reyes National Seashore currently offers no other public transportation. On weekends during the month of July, 2008, the National Park Service provided a free trial Limantour Beach shuttle bus service between Olema Campground and Limantour Beach, with stops at the the Bear Valley Visitor Center and Bayview Trailhead.
West Marin Stagecoach provides public transportation seven days a week between Inverness and San Rafael along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard with service to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. For a full listing of bus routes and times, visit the West Marin Stagecoach website. For more information, call 415-526-3239.
You can use the 511 TakeTransit Trip Planner to figure out how to use public transit to get to the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Enter "Bear Valley Visitor Center" and "Point Reyes Station" in the "ending address" fields of the "Transit Trip Planner" tool in the upper left corner of the 511.org page.
Golden Gate Transit (GGT) provides public transportation to many locations within Marin County. For more information on GGT and to access GGT schedules and maps, check out GGT's website or call toll-free 511 from within the Bay Area or 415-455-2000 if calling from outside the Bay Area.