Fly in to:
Sonoma County Airport
Sonoma to Napa (get rental car) 37 miles / 47 min
(Preferred airport) Sacramento to Napa Valley (get rental car) 65 Miles / 1 hr 15 min drive
San Francisco Int’l Airport
San Francisco to Napa Valley (get car rental) 67 miles / 1 hr 19 min drive
Oakland Int’l Airport Oakland to Napa Valley (get car rental)70 miles / 1 hr 20 min drive
Napa Valley by Train
Amtrak from almost anywhere in California.
Most Popular Cities to take Amtrak Train to Napa Valley
One Way (Time/Fare):
Note: time and cost are approximations. Check Amtrak for exact time and cost
San Francisco (3 1/2 hrs / $35)
Los Angeles (10 hrs / $70)
Santa Barbara (10 hrs / $70)
San Luis Obispo (9 hrs / $49)San Diego (12 1/2 hrs / $76)
Arrange Car Rental when arriving at Napa Amtrak Station. Here are 3 local car rentals:
Enterprise (they will pick you up at train station)
Taxi or Uber to Avis or Hertz or Driving Click Napa Valley to Google Map and Directions
Things to Do
In my opinion, two of the most amazing wineries in Napa are Castello di Amorosa and Sterling Winery. Castello di Amorosa is a re-creation of an Medieval Italian Castle with all the artifacts including a torture chamber. No joke, this winery makes outstanding wine that can only be purchased at their winery and they give you an amazing wine tour like no other wine tour I’ve ever been on.
Within a few blocks of Castello di Amorosa is Sterling Winery. You take a private gondola ride to the top where the wine facility is located. That should tell you a lot right there. Be ready for amazing views and great wine. Sterling is very good about educating its visitors on the wine process. You don’t need to know anything about wine to appreciate and love both these wineries.
Also, because of their close location to each other, driving is minimum for the day once you reach either one of these wineries. Makes for a full day.
You heard of the famous race car driver, Mario Andretti , right? Well he has a wine business in Napa and it’s fabulous. Not on the level of Day 1 with Castello di Amorosa or Sterling but still an amazing experience. The other wineries, V Sautti and Robert Mondavi are all sold in most stores. These wineries also offer you a great wine tasting and tour experience.
Weekends are crazy in Napa. Sometimes there are traffic jams for hours where cars just stand still. Come mid week if possible.