Getting Around

To visit attractions beyond Bear Valley, such as the Point Reyes 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.

For emergency road and weather conditions in West Marin, visit Point Reyes National Seashore's Twitter feed, the County of Marin's Public Emergency Portal, the National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area's Twitter feed, the Marin County Department of Public Works' Twitter feed, the Marin Sheriff Department's Twitter feed, the Marin Fire Department's Twitter feed, the California Highway Patrol: Marin's Twitter feed, or tune in to KWMR, 90.5 FM.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Do you plan to travel to the park in an alternative fuel vehicle? If so, good for you! Your actions help us reduce petroleum use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to anthropogenic climate change. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy (search on zip code 94956) and visit our Electric Vehicle Charging Stations page to learn where you can charge your vehicle within Point Reyes National seashore.

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Public Transportation

Public transportation in West Marin and Point Reyes is quite limited.

Public Transportation within Point Reyes National Seashore

Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System

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 may be closed to private automobiles beyond South Beach from 9 am until ~5:45 pm. To visit these locations on days when the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed, visitors must park at the Drakes Beach parking lot (directions) and ride the shuttle buses provided. Bus tickets may be purchased inside the Kenneth C. 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 15 years or younger ride free. Check the "Shuttles, Whales, and Elephant Seals" recording at 415-464-5100, ext. 2 (then press 3 and then 1) for updates on whether shuttles are operating.
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Point Reyes National Seashore currently offers no other public transportation.

Public Transportation to Point Reyes National Seashore

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.

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Last updated: October 24, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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