Redwood City is located in the Bay Area 25 miles south of San Francisco, and about 27 miles north of San Jose. It is approximately 19 square miles in land area with a mean elevation of 15 feet above sea level. Our community combines residential, industrial, and commercial elements in a largely urban environment. The City is easily accessible from Highways 101 and 280, and extends from the San Francisco Bay shoreline to the hillsides of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Getting to Downtown Redwood City is a snap! We have easy freeway access, and also are well connected to regional transit systems. We are located in San Mateo County on the center of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Highway 101 – If you are coming from north of Redwood City, take the Whipple Avenue exit off of the 101. The off-ramp will turn into Veterans Boulevard. At the light, don’t turn right on Whipple, but proceed straight for another quarter of a mile or so. Turn right on Jefferson Avenue and you are there! From south of Redwood City, take the Woodside Road exit. Take Woodside Road south for about a half of a mile, and then turn right on Middlefield Road. After another half-mile or so you have arrived!
Interstate 280 – From north or south of Redwood City, take the Woodside Road exit. Head north on Woodside for about 3 miles, and turn left on Middlefield Road.
BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit doesn’t extend down to Redwood City, but the SFO extension features a transfer point in Millbrae to Caltrain, which will bring you right into Downtown.
Trip-planning tools such as 511.org, Google Maps, and other web-based tools and applications provide information about riding to, from, and within Redwood City by bike. They also provide regional transit information, current traffic conditions, and other information.
If you are arriving by car, Downtown Redwood City offers plenty of convenient and affordable parking options. There are numerous parking structures, lots, and on-street spaces to meet any of your needs. Click here to learn more.