You can get around Richmond using public transit, rented cars, or your own vehicle.
If you’re driving, be sure to note the time periods during which car pool lanes are in effect and the number of passengers needed to qualify as a car pool.
To avoid any unexpected and costly fines, be sure to have a quick look at our tips on Parking and Curbside Regulations.
Bridge tolls are $4.00 for all bridges except on the Golden Gate Bridge, which is $5.00. Exact change is not necessary.
Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the most convenient airport to Richmond and other attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 200 daily non-stops on 16 domestic and international airlines, OAK has direct access to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Amtrak rail systems and is served by AC Transit and eight major rental car companies. Visit oaklandairport.com for more information.
Public transit options
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) stops at the Richmond BART station. You can conveniently ride Amtrak to Sacramento in about 1-1/2 hours.
Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail service from Richmond Station, an intermodal connection shared with the BART system. The station is located downtown and has a transit center with connections to AC Transit and Golden Gate Transit buses as well as taxis.
There are two Amtrak lines serving this station. The regional San Joaquin Route runs from nearby Oakland to the south through Richmond and Martinez to the Central Valley through Stockton and Fresno, terminating in Bakersfield. Passengers continuing on to Los Angeles or other points in Southern California may transfer at Bakersfield for connecting Amtrak Thruway bus services.
The second Amtrak line, the Capitol Corridor runs from San José to the state capitol, Sacramento, through Richmond, Fairfield, and Davis; some trains continue to the northern Sacramento suburb of Auburn. This route is the third most heavily used Amtrak line in the United States.
Two local bus systems provide service for the Richmond area: AC Transit and WestCAT. The other systems listed below link Richmond to Marin, San Francisco, Sacramento and beyond.
AC Transit provides service in Alameda County and West County. Go to their website (www.actransit.org) for maps, schedules, fare information and more. Or call 817-1717 or 511 and say, “AC Transit,” to speak with a person about route information including time points, destinations, or trip planning.
WestCAT (www.westcat.org) offers service in West Contra Costa County as well as a bus to San Francisco. They also provide “Dial-a-ride” service. Call (510) 724-7993 or visit their website.
Golden Gate Transit (www.goldengatetransit.org) provides service from Marin County to Richmond, Route 42.
BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, (www.bart.org) is a light rail system that brings you to San Francisco, Oakland and other East Bay cities, and both the Oakland and San Francisco International airports. Two BART stations serve Richmond: the El Cerrito Del Norte station and the Richmond station.
Bay Area freeways challenge even the locals. As a visitor, therefore, better take all the help you can get. That help is only 3 numbers away: dial 511 on your telephone, or go to www.511.org on the web. The website also has tips that will help you make best use of the 511 phone help system.