Muni bus 44 in front of the California Academy of Sciences building.
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Save green when you go green: Get $3 off general admission when you walk, bike, or take public transit to the Academy. Plan your trip with Google Maps or 511.

Public Transit to Golden Gate Park

N Judah Muni, which goes to Golden Gate Park.

SF Muni serves the Academy via a number of convenient bus and metro lines. Take transit and save $3 off general admission!

Visiting SF? Buy a CityPASS for 42% off admission to the Academy and three other attractions, along with three days of unlimited Cable Car and Muni rides.    

The N-Judah Muni Metro stops at 9th Avenue and Irving Street. To reach the Academy, travel north on 9th Avenue into Golden Gate Park until you reach Music Concourse Drive, then turn right and continue to the Academy's entrance. This half-mile walk takes approximately 10 minutes; if you prefer not to walk, you may also transfer to the 44-O’Shaughnessy bus at 9th and Irving and ride to the Academy stop on Music Concourse Drive​.

The #44-O'Shaughnessy bus stops across from the Academy at the Music Concourse on Tea Garden Drive (southbound) and in front of the Academy on Music Concourse Drive (northbound).

The #5-Fulton bus stops at 8th Avenue and Fulton Street, just outside the park. From 8th Avenue, walk into the park and turn right on John F. Kennedy Drive. Then turn left onto Music Concourse Drive.

From the Amtrak Station at the Ferry Building, walk up Market Street away from the waterfront to the Muni Metro Embarcadero Station (approximately 7 minutes). Catch the N-Judah Muni Metro Streetcar to the Irving Street and Ninth Avenue stop, and follow the walking instructions at top.

The Golden Gate Park Shuttle is a free shuttle bus service operating on weekends and holidays from 9 am – 6 pm within Golden Gate Park.

Please note that while BART does not stop within walking distance of the Academy, it's easy to transfer from BART to the N, 44, and 5 Muni lines to reach the Academy.

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Bicycling

Bike racks at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

Plan your bike route with Google Maps.

Bike racks are located on Music Concourse Drive to the left and right of the drop-off areas outside the Academy, as well as on Nancy Pelosi Drive to the right and left of the staff footbridge.

Please note that for safety reasons, bicycles, tricycles, skateboards, and scooters are not permitted inside the Academy.

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Driving Directions

From the North Bay/101 South: From the toll plaza, take the 19th Avenue/Park Presidio Boulevard exit and go through the tunnel to Park Presidio Boulevard. Go two miles (7 blocks) to Cabrillo Street. Turn right on Cabrillo, then right again on 14th Avenue. Proceed one block north to Balboa Street and turn right. Cross Park Presidio Boulevard and turn right onto 8th Avenue, then continue on 8th into Golden Gate Park. Once in the park, make a right turn and then an immediate left—the Academy will be to your left.

From the South Bay/I-280 North: At Daly City, take Route 1 North toward 19th Avenue/Golden Gate Bridge. Just past the entrance to Golden Gate Park, turn right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. At the second stop sign, turn left onto Music Concourse Drive.

From the East Bay/I-80 West: Continue on I-80 through San Francisco for about one mile, then bear right, following signs for Golden Gate Bridge/US101 North. Follow signs for Octavia Street and Fell Street. The freeway ends at Market Street. Cross Market Street and go four blocks, then make a left turn on Fell Street. Go 1.5 miles on Fell Street. For access to the Music Concourse Parking Facility, bear right just beyond Shrader Street and turn right to Stanyan Street. Go two blocks and make a left turn to Fulton Street. Take Fulton to 10th Avenue, then turn left into the parking facility. For surface parking, continue on Fell Street, and just after Shrader Street, bear left onto Kezar Drive. Bear right on JFK Drive.

Please note that JFK Drive is closed on Sundays from Transverse Drive to McLaren Lodge. Tea Garden Drive remains open for pick-up and drop-off, accessible via Concourse Drive from MLK, Jr. Drive. 

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Parking

The Music Concourse Parking Facility.

Paid parking

The Music Concourse Garage is an underground parking facility located just steps away from the Academy's main entrance. On weekends and holidays, the garage fills up early, so public transit may be your best option.  

  • Enter at Fulton @ 10th or Music Concourse @ MLK, Jr.
  • 7 am – 7 pm Friday – Wednesday; 7 am – 11 pm Thursday
  • $5/hour weekdays, $6/hour weekends; $17 flat rate after 5:30 pm
  • 15 wheelchair-accessible spaces near the elevator

Please note that the Music Concourse Garage is operated by CityPark, not the Academy. The Academy is not responsible for parking rules, rates, and regulations, which may be subject to change. For more information, please visit goldengateparking.com.

Street parking

Within Golden Gate Park, free three- and four-hour street parking is available on MLK, Jr. Drive, JFK Drive, and Nancy Pelosi Drive, but spaces are limited and fill up fast, especially on weekends.

If parking on the street, please exercise caution and do not leave valuables in your car.     

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