San Ramon is a picturesque city in the Tri-Valley area of northern California. The San Ramon Valley of which San Ramon is a part of is known for the gorgeous views of Mount Diablo, in addition to being a thriving business and cultural center. It takes less than an hour to commute by car from San Ramon to San Francisco. For those traveling to San Jose, it takes about the same time to make the journey south.
With San Ramon being close to San Francisco and other cities in the Bay Area, many people commute from San Ramon on a daily basis to the city, the East Bay and the South Bay. Visitors traveling to San Ramon will also find it easy to visit neighboring cities. If you are new to the area, commuting to and from San Ramon is rather simple. Most people travel by car but there are also several public transportation services that make it easy to get around the city and into San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
The San Ramon Commute
The San Ramon commute is straightforward when it comes to driving. Highway 680 goes right by San Ramon and connects to 24, 580 and 880 to San Francisco. Highways 580 and 880 connect San Ramon to most of the East Bay. For travel to San Jose and the Silicon Valley, I-680 connects to the 880, 280 and 101 freeways.
Buses and shuttles offer several options to travel to major public transportation hubs such as BART.
The San Ramon Transit Center is a public area provided by the city of San Ramon for commuters to park and take public transportation. The Center is at the Iron Horse Trail at the corner of Executive Parkway and Camino Ramon. There are 54 parking spaces for commuters to park at and meet a carpool, vanpool or bus. These parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are free of charge.
For bikers, bike racks and lockers are also available at the Transit Center. Bike racks are available on first-come, first-served basis. Bike lockers are covered, secured and can be rented monthly, quarterly or annually. Bike lockers are also available at the Sycamore Park and Ride Lot in Danville.
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)
The Altamon Commuter Express connects cities from Stockton to San Jose. Commuters can get a 50% discount on a one-month pass when they ride the County Connection 920 ACE shuttle from the San Ramon Transit Center and the Danville Sycamore Park & Ride lot to the ACE train station in Pleasanton.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
BART riders commuting from San Ramon can take BART from the Walnut Creek or Dublin/Pleasanton BART Stations for trains to San Francisco, Fremont or Richmond. To avoid traffic, commuters can park at the San Ramon Transit Center and take a County Connection express bus to the BART stations. It takes a little longer so please plan additonal time for your travel.
Cars belonging to a carpool can park at designated BART carpool spaces. You’ll need a permit to use the carpool slots.
Tickets for BART are available at the San Ramon Community Center, City Hall, and Senior Center, Transportation Services at 2401 Crow Canyon Road. Contact the Transportation Services Division at (925) 973-2650 for additional information about ticket purchases.
County Connection provides bus service to and from the Dublin/Pleasanton and Walnut Creek BART Stations to San Ramon. Check bus schedules at BART Stations, city and town offices, libraries, and community centers. Call (925) 676-7500 to find out more about County Connection.
Transit tickets for County Connection are available at the San Ramon Transportation Offices, Community Center, City Hall, Senior Center, and the Library.