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Getting Around in Livermore: A Guide for Visitors to Livermore

Visitors can find their way around Livermore quite easily. The city is well connected by public transportation and conveniently located off freeway I-580. One of the things people enjoy most about Livermore is its proximity to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Livermore is just about 35 miles from San Francisco. You can drive to San Francisco, but it’s also quite convenient to ride the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

With all the exciting attractions in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, visitors can get around everywhere by driving. The main highways around here include 84 and 580, while highway 680 is just west of Livermore.

Livermore is also a very walkable community. Many visitors enjoy simply strolling in the charming downtown area. Livermore is also a nice city to bike around in.

Public Transportation

The BART is one of the most convenient ways for getting around in San Francisco and the East Bay. Livermore doesn’t yet have its own BART stop, but the stop at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station takes you into San Francisco in about 15 minutes from Livermore. Riding the BART into San Francisco frees you from having to drive and park in the city. Besides the hassle of driving around in unfamiliar city streets, parking in San Francisco can get expensive.

Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) runs east- and westbound trains from Stockton to San Jose on weekdays. There are some blackout days when holidays fall on weekdays. ACE connects to other transit partners such as:

Amtrak—rail service for California and the rest of the US

VTA—connecting Santa Clara County

Caltrain—trains from San Jose to San Francisco

San Joaquin Regional Transit District bus –transportation in San Joaquin County

Modesto MAX—transportation in Stanislaus County

The County Connection – for transfer in central Contra Costa County

AC Transit—for service in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


Wheels is a bus run by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority which offers a variety of services for Tri-Valley residents, commuters and visitors. Its services include bus connections to BART, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) and Central Contra County Transportation Authority (County Connection). You can use Wheels if you need to get around to work, school, medical appointments, and to recreational opportunities.

Wheels also serves Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, and other parts of unincorporated Alameda County.

For help planning your trip, go to 511 SF Bay to see how you can use public transportation.

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