Railroad Square is convenient to get to. There are a variety of ways to reach the number of restaurants, shops, cafes, hotels, and other services here.
To make parking easier and more convenient for drivers, the City of Santa Rosa has recently made changes to parking rates, establishing premium parking and value parking zones. Premium parking zones, located in the areas of highest demand downtown, have a 3 hour time limit and cost $1.50/hr. Value parking zones offer lower hourly rates and longer time limits.
You can now use your smart phone to pay for parking. The Passport App allows users to pay for metered parking, monitor how much time is left on the meter, receive alerts before time expires, extend time remotely, and view all parking history. Some Railroad Square businesses even offer free validation using this system. Download the app.
If you are driving a RV, there is RV parking at the Railroad Square Welcome Center. There you can find knowledgeable staff who can help you find fun and interesting activities throughout Santa Rosa.
If you are driving an electric car, Lot 14 shown in the map is conveniently close to Railroad Square and has an electric charging station.
The ParkSMART Shuttle Service connects the SMART train location in Railroad Square to within easy walking distance of parking garages, shops, restaurants, and Old Courthouse Square. This shuttle is free for all riders, wheelchair accessible, and available for everyone. The service operates during peak commute hours Monday -Friday from 4:20 am – 9:08 am, 12:20 pm – 1:08 pm, and 3:20 pm – 9:38 pm. This service will travel roundtrip connecting the SMART Station to various points Downtown, with stops at:
- Santa Rosa Downtown SMART Station
- Bus stop on Third Street at Wilson Street
- Downtown Transit Mall and City Parking Garage 12
- Fourth Street at Old Courthouse Square
- City Parking Garage 1 at Seventh Street
- Bus stop on B Street at Santa Rosa Plaza
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has made Railroad Square easily accessible from Southern Sonoma County and Marin. This new rail system is convenient, fast, and fully ADA compliant. Bikes are also welcome on the train. See train schedules here.
With the passenger rail and pedestrian-bicycle pathway, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Railroad Square is easy to cycle to. There are bike lockers, operated by Bike Link, where you can safely leave your bike while you explore Santa Rosa. There are bike hooks on each train car for bike storage during your ride.
Uber, Lyft, and Taxi services are available to get you to and from Railroad Square.