San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, east of San Francisco. Highway I-680 connects the city to other major freeways making it easy to get around. The city is located in the San Ramon Valley and sandwiched between the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness and Mount Diablo State Park. San Ramon is near many cities in the suburbs of San Francisco and also close to recreational areas in public and state parks.
There are many popular areas to visit near San Ramon. One beloved spot is Mount Diablo State Park. This park is one of the ecological showcases of the San Francisco Bay Area. Every season the park is transformed by foliage changes. In the spring time the mountain's beautiful wildflowers are in full bloom. The extensive trail system takes visitors close to wildlife and distinctive rock formations. It is possible to bike to the 3,849 foot summit or explore the more remote trails by horseback. The park also offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping.
Mount Diablo State Park is just one of the many lovely places to visit while you are in San Ramon. Plan your trip to San Ramon to enjoy its many attractions.
If you are new to the area, getting around San Ramon is quite straightforward. 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.
For drivers, I-680 goes right past San Ramon and connects to the north with 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 connect travelers to major public transportation options such as BART.
The San Ramon Transit Center is a convenient place for commuters to park and take public transportation. It is at the Iron Horse Trail at the corner of Executive Parkway and Camino Ramon. There are 54 parking spaces for commuters to meet a carpool, vanpool, or bus. These parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are free of charge.
Bike racks and lockers are also available at the Transit Center. Bike lockers are covered, secured and can be rented monthly, quarterly or yearly. Bike racks are available on first-come, first-served basis. Bike lockers are also available at the Sycamore Park and Ride Lot in Danville.
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE)
The Altamon Commuter Express serves cities from Stockton to San Jose. Commuters can get half off 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 from San Ramon can go to 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 board a County Connection express bus to the BART stations.
Carpools can park at designated BART carpool spaces. You can apply for a permit to park at 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 Library.