The Napa Valley Footloose & Car-Free
Many lodging facilities in the Napa Valley have bicycle rentals, and there are several bicycle rental companies that deliver to the smaller accommodations. Public bus transportation is available within the City of Napa and between the main towns in the Napa Valley. The cities of Napa, Calistoga, and Yountville have courtesy shopping and dining shuttles.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a grass-roots nonprofit with a vision to build a walking/biking trail system connecting the entire Napa Valley. A coalition of community groups is working to design, fund, construct, and maintain 47 safe and scenic miles of level, paved, family-friendly, free-access class 1 trail, stretching from the Vallejo ferry to Calistoga. Donate here.
The Napa Valley is served by five airports. San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) are each approximately 60 miles away (85 km), and can be reached in approximately 1.5 hours driving time. Santa Rosa Airport (STS) is about 35 miles away. Napa County operates a private, general aviation airport for which charter flights are available, but we no scheduled commercial flights. At this time, the airport can accommodate most private aircraft--including jets--up to 120,000 pounds, dual tandem wheels, and/or a G-5.
If you are planning to rent a car at one of the area's airports, the map on this page will show you the major highways that you will be traveling to get to the Napa Valley. If you would prefer not to travel by car, other options are described below.
Airport Shuttle Services
San Francisco and Oakland both have shuttle buses that run a fixed route schedule from the airport to the City of Napa. The bus will be branded with the name Evans or California Wine Tours. To access a schedule, contact Evans Transportation, 707-255-1559, or California Wine Tours, 800-294-6386. If you would like direct service to your hotel, Evans can arrange for that from their Napa terminal. It's best, however, to give them notice in advance of your trip. In most cases there will be an extra fee for this service. Some hotels offer a shuttle service to and from the Evans terminal.
The only non-hotel shuttle to The Napa Valley available from the Sacramento Airport is the Fairfield Airporter. The Fairfield Airporter does not have a fixed schedule for the Sacramento Airport, so you will need to call 877-424-7767 in advance to reserve this service. You can simply ride the Airporter all the way to Fairfield and arrange for someone to pick you up there. Fairfield is in neighboring Solano County, less than a half-hour's ride from the Valley's capital city of Napa.
Napa Valley Helicopters
Wine Country Helicopters can arrange to pick you up from any of the major or minor airports in the region.
Luxury Limousine Services
There are several limousine companies listed in our website business directory. In addition to picking you up at the airport they can take you on wine tours so you can relax and enjoy the experience of tasting some of America's legendary wines. Ask them about setting up a package that would include all of your driving needs for your trip. Many "inside winery connections" that will make your visit to The Napa Valley even more memorable.
Take The Vallejo Baylink Ferry
From San Francisco International Airport, you can flag a taxi or take the local light rail system, BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to reach the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. From BART, walk a few short blocks from the Embarcadero station to the Ferry Building. If you find yourself with a few minutes to kill before the next ferry, you will find several wonderful restaurants and food-related shops in and around the Ferry Building to visit.
From the ferry terminal in Vallejo you can arrange ground transportation. Public transportation is available on the VINE bus route #10 from Vallejo to downtown Napa.
To see additional options, schedules and transportation companies for travel inside and outside of The Napa Valley, please visit www.napavalleycarfree.info.