Napa Valley - Getting there & away, getting around
Napa Valley - Getting there & away
Napa Valley is located about two hours northeast of San Francisco; public transportation connects the city and the valley, but it's not the ideal way of working your way among the wineries. Amtrak goes to Martinez (south of Vallejo), and from there you can catch a connecting bus to the main Napa Valley centers.
Greyhound buses run twice daily from San Francisco's Transbay Terminal up through Napa Valley to Calistoga via Oakland, Vallejo, Oakville and St Helena. Call for services north past Calistoga and to Sonoma. Napa Valley Transit operates buses from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal through Napa Valley to Calistoga.
By car from San Francisco, take Hwy 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge and continue to the Hwy 37 Vallejo/Napa exit in Novato. Plan on a 60- to 70-minute drive if the traffic is light, two hours or more during the morning and afternoon commute.
Getting around Napa Valley
Bicycles, if transported in a box, can be brought to the Wine Country on Greyhound buses for $15. You can also rent bikes in most of Napa valley's major towns. Some companies offer guided single- and multi-day bicycle tours through Wine Country.
Bus tours from San Francisco are operated by Gray Lines, which offers a one-day trek that covers both Napa and Sonoma valleys and includes visits to two or three wineries and a stop to shop and lunch on your own. Golden Gate Transit has daily buses from San Francisco's Transbay Terminal to Santa Rosa. Greyhound has services from San Francisco to Santa Rosa and farther north along Hwy 101.