This page is newly updated in Summer 2017
Public Transportation from the San Francisco International Airport
From the San Francisco Airport take the Marin Airporter (phone: 415/461-4222; $20 one way) from any of the blue pillars downstairs at ground level for all domestic flights. This bus comes through on a regular schedule (usually every half-hour) which is posted on the pillars. Get off at the fourth stop (about an hour drive) at Larkspur Landing, which is within a mile of our class location. From there take a taxi if you are going to the Marin Suites Hotel or another nearby motel. If you are staying at the Corte Madera Inn, call 924-1502 from Larkspur Landing for their complimentary shuttle.
For international flights, the new pick-up point for the Marin Airporter is on the arrivals (baggage claim) level. To find the bus, cross to the Center Island Transportation Zone, and wait at the green and white striped curb. Look for the sign saying "Airporter". Please note: This is a new pick-up location. They no longer pick up on the ground floor in Courtyard "A".
You can also take the Marin Door to Door from the airport. This 24-hour service is $45 one way; $12 for each additional person. Call 415/457-2717 to make arrangements. If you call by noon the day before, they will meet you on time for your flight arrival.
Public Transportation from the Oakland International Airport
The Oakland Airport is just as close to our class location as the San Francisco Airport. Some airlines may charge less to fly into Oakland.
From the Oakland Airport take the Sonoma County Airport Express (phone: 800-327-2024) leaves the Oakland airport every 2 hours from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm. The cost is $26 to San Rafael; discounts for seniors and vets. Round trip tickets are available on their website at a discount. Buses pick up passengers directly outside baggage claim in the center island at the regional transportation stop. It is about an hour's ride to the San Rafael Transit Hub. From there you can take a taxi south to Corte Madera, which is about 3 miles.
Marin Door to Door (see above) is $50 from this airport.
Reasonable Automobile Rentals at Both Airports
Here are the car rental agencies with offices near the San Francisco and Oakland Airports that are usually the most reasonable. Note: car rental rates via websites are sometimes higher than via phone calls. Also, rates often change. The best deals, such as those quoted below, are often the ones done well in advance.
Economy car rates as of June 2017: (These change frequently)
www.enterprise.com, 650/697-9200, extension 5.
As of this writing, compact car rates for HTI students at the San Francisco and Oakland airports are $173 per week, plus tax and airport fees. Get the HTI discount code by contacting Pat at the HTI office.
Dollar Rent A Car
Current HTI rates are $188 per week at the San Francisco airport and $140 per week at the Oakland airport, plus tax and fees.
Thrifty Rent a Car
Current HTI rates are $159 per week in San Francisco. If you pay when you book, the rate is $119 per week at the Oakland airport.
All of the above rates include generous free mileage, but not insurance, nor extra fees for persons under age 25. Be sure to confirm all costs when reserving your car. The added fees are usually lower at the Oakland Airport than the San Francisco Airport.
For all of the above agencies, if your arrival is at the San Francisco terminal, take the blue AirTrain via short term parking and ride to the rental car center for offices on the 4th floor.
Class Meeting Location
The classes and introductory meetings meet at the Corte Madera Inn, Corte Madera (next to Hwy 101, a 10 minute drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge). If you want to use your GPS, Google Maps or Mapquest.com, the address of the Inn is 56 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera CA 94925, which is not our mailing address. There is plenty of free parking.
Directions from San Francisco: Going north on Highway 101, take Paradise/Tamalpais exit, then turn left to cross the overpass. Turn right on Madera Boulevard. Turn right at the first street past the shopping center. The Inn is on your left.
Directions from the East Bay: Take Highway 580 across the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Take the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit to Highway 101 and go south. Take the second exit, Madera Blvd. The Inn appears immediately on your right.
Directions From the Sacramento area and beyond: Going west on Highway 80, take Hwy. 37 to Hwy. 101 and go south, then continue with the following directions below.
Directions from the North: Going south on Highway 101 past San Rafael, take the Madera Boulevard exit, which is soon after the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit. The Inn appears immediately on your right.