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 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 greenhouse gas emissions and reduce petroleum use. Three electric vehicle charging stations were installed in late August 2014 for public use at the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot at Point Reyes National Seashore. Plan your trip with the Alternative Fueling Station Locator from the Department of Energy (search on zip code 94956).
NOTICE: Please be aware that parking in the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot—including at the EV charging stations—between midnight and 6 am is prohibited. An exception is made for visitors with current backcountry camping permits. Campers who have driven plug-in electric or hybrid vehicles may park overnight at the Bear Valley EV charging stations so long as they display the parking pass that was issued to them when they picked up their camping permit.
Public transportation in West Marin and Point Reyes is quite limited.
Public Transportation within Point Reyes National Seashore
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 until ~5:45 pm. 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 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.
Limantour Shuttle - Discontinued
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. Please note: This shuttle bus service is no longer available.
Public Transporation 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.
Last updated: March 15, 2019