Mill Valley, California is a wonderful little Bay Area town, located by majestic Mount Tamalpais and near Richardson Bay. Considering Mill Valley’s proximity to San Francisco, many Mill Valley residents are employed in San Francisco and commute to the city every day.
The Mill Valley Commute
The Mill Valley commute is relatively simple and just needs a little getting used to. The simplest commuting option is by car, the city is located right off of highway 101. The Golden Gate toll is $6.00 or $5.00 if you purchase a Bay Area Fast Track.
The other popular option is taking the bus into the city. The commute into San Francisco is fairly easy. Commuter buses to San Francisco such as the Golden Gate Transit have several stops to pick-up and drop passengers off along the highway. With Mill Valley located right off the highway, the bus rides are usually very short and pleasant.
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport) is not available in Marin County.
Like most urban areas in California, congestion during rush hour is a fact of life. The highways can experience some significant traffic during mornings and evenings on weekdays and it can take a lot longer to travel. This is mostly because there are three major cities in the vicinity: San Francisco, San Rafael and Novato.
Mill Valley Traffic
Traffic in Mill Valley can vary widely. The city is very beautiful and people often take detours through its charming streets to enjoy the scenery or meander slowly along which can cause higher congestion than the average small town. Fortunately, most of the time the streets are quiet and you can take a nice peaceful drive through the city.