All Aboard: En Route with SolTrans
Explore the unique communities of Vallejo and Benicia on these popular Soltrans routes
Halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, some off-the-beaten path destinations await in the cities of Vallejo and Benicia. And all of these places are easy to get to—even without driving—thanks to the clean and comfortable public transit service of SolTrans.
World-class public transportation isn’t limited to the biggest cities in the Bay Area, and SolTrans will shuttle you all over Solano County in comfort for just a few dollars. And there are some notable and outstanding destinations found right along the SolTrans routes that every northern Californian should visit at least once.
SolTrans has easy connections to BART, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, AC Transit and a number of other transit services of the like. You can connect to SolTrans from anywhere on the BART line, stopping at Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill stations and catching SolTrans’ Route 78, or the Route 80 from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART.
From downtown San Francisco, the scenic San Francisco Bay Ferry arrives at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal where 11 SolTrans routes are available. And once you’re onboard the SolTrans system, these are just a few of your top attractions and destinations.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
You see the towering roller coasters from miles away, making Six Flags Discovery Kingdom one of northern California’s most iconic amusement and animal-themed parks. You can get to the wild animals (and wild rides) with a calm ride on SolTrans Route 85 that connects downtown Vallejo with Fairfield. This is a great diversion for kids in the summer months thanks to SolTrans’ Summer Slice discount promotion.
Mare Island is like an open-air U.S. history museum, once the first-ever naval shipyard on the west coast and now home to historical parks, a golf course, the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve and the sprawling mountain views of the San Pablo Bay Trail. You can get to Mare Island from one of the many SolTrans routes that stop at the Vallejo Transit Center followed by a quick walk across the Causeway Bridge.
Vallejo’s historic Empress Theater is a classic venue playing host to live blues, jazz, soul, comedy and more. And you’re just a couple of blocks away with any of the SolTrans routes that stop at the Vallejo Transit Center.
Downtown Vallejo is packed with shopping, restaurant and activities, many walkable for the Vallejo Transit Center. Some high points and their corresponding SolTrans routes include the delectable Momo’s Cafe (Route 4), the unique, retro Children’s Amusement Park (Route 4 and Route 7) and the Vallejo Naval Historical Museum (Route 4 and Route 6).
Downtown Benicia is a waterfront city that briefly served as the capital of California. You’ll find that very capital building still intact at the fascinating Benicia Capitol State Historic Park (Route 78), a close walk from the excellent waterfront restaurant Sailor Jack’s (Route 78), and the hiking, cycling and birding of Benicia State Recreation Area (Route 20).
Benicia Clock Tower
A historical marvel, the Benicia Clock Tower was built in 1856 and now functions an event space and landmark historical museum. The first stone fortress built in the western U.S., the tower remains Benicia’s largest structure and is a hearty two mile walk accessible from two SolTrans’ Benicia routes: Route 17 and Route 20.
Blue Rock Springs
You’ll find bike trails, picnic tables, live events and a 36-hole golf course at Blue Rocks Springs. Hang out with the ducks and peacocks by the lake, or else take a hike with magnificent views at Blue Rock Springs, accessible on SolTrans’ Route 20.
SolTrans is a great, affordable and hassle-free way to travel and explore northern California and many outstanding Vallejo and Benicia destinations. SolTrans buses offer bike racks on the front of each bus to accommodate cyclists, and there’s a handy MyRide app to detail bus arrival times.
Get to know these signature stops on the SolTrans routes and become part of the Solano County’s blossoming commuting community.
For more information, visit www.soltransride.com. “We’re your Heart & Sol for Transportation.”
Contributors to this story: Joe Kukura and Gayle Peterson
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