Directions & Transportation

Directions & Transportation

We're accessible by freeway, public transit and train, and are within shouting distance of two major metropolitan airports. The drive to campus will also take you through some truly memorable scenery.

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000


From San Francisco Bay Bridge or San Rafael/Richmond Bridge

Take Highway 580 toward Hayward and then Highway 24 toward Walnut Creek. Once through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the second exit which will be marked Orinda/Moraga. Turn right and follow Moraga Way about five miles. Turn left onto Moraga Road, then right onto Saint Mary's Road. The College is about one mile farther on the right.

From Walnut Creek/Highway 680

Take Highway 24 west (Oakland direction) to the Central Lafayette exit and bear to the right, circling under the highway. At the second stoplight take a right onto Mt. Diablo Boulevard. At the next stoplight take a left onto Moraga Road. You will want to be in the left-hand lane. Make a left onto Saint Mary's Road. Follow this road for about four miles; the College will be on the left.


Visitors should park in the Filippi Lot Extension, Recreation Center lot, or  Upper Soda lot.  Parking restrictions will be enforced every day, from 5 am to 10 pm.  Vehicles parked without a permit and/or in the incorrect lot will be subject to citation and towing. 

a map indicating the visitor parking lots of Ruby Log, Filippi Lot Extension, and Recreation Center Lot


How to buy a Visitor Parking Pass

Parking Pay stations are located in the Filippi Lot Extension, the Recreation Center Lot, and the Upper Soda Lot. The fee is $.50/per hour, with a $5 maximum for the day. These machines accept credit and debit cards only.

Visitor parking can be reserved by staff or faculty here.

Public Transportation

There are two BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) subway stops—Orinda and Lafayette—that connect to the bus lines of the County Connection (a regional public transportation company) which service the area where SMC is located. Take the Route 6 Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda bus from either Orinda or Lafayette, the bus makes regularly scheduled stops right in front of Saint Mary's.Caltrain runs between downtown San Francisco and San Jose, including passage through several Peninsula cities and service to Millbrae, which has a BART connection to both San Francisco International Airport and Saint Mary's College.

Shuttle Services

Several private shuttle services are available from both San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Please be sure to book your ground transportation prior to arriving at the airport. Listed below are several companies that provide this direct service. Prices may vary and round-trip arrangements may be more economical than two one-way passages.

Bayporter Express: (510) 864-4000
East Bay Shuttle: (925) 800-4500
Leisure Living Transportation: (925) 943-1512

Air Travel

If you plan to fly into the San Francisco Bay Area, we suggest flying into the Oakland International Airport which is located approximately 40 minutes from the Moraga campus.