Commuting to the San Pablo Bay Area from the East Bay

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Commuting from Berkeley Hills to Martinez

Oct 2013

Hi We are considering a move to Berkeley Hills, say about where it hits Solano Ave. What would be the average morning and evening commute from there to Martinez? Thanks anon

I commute from near the Grand Lake Theater to Center Street in Mtz, leaving at about 8 am and it takes me about 30-35 mins. Coming home is longer... Fellow Commuter

If you go to, you can find driving times for current trips and also during any specific time. The driving time feature is at the bottom of the left-hand column. You can pick the time that you want, and it will give you the time of your trip for up to 3 alternate routes. Note that it will only be from freeway interchange to freeway interchange, so you'll have to figure out the time it takes you to get to and from the freeway on each end. Google maps will give you similar information, and it will provide it for the entire trip. If you want to find out the time during the commute period, though, you'll need to do it then--it doesn't let you choose the time of your trip. --Former 511 PM

I live in South Berkeley and commute to Martinez via Hwy 24 and 680, which takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes. Occasionally I make the trip to Martinez from North Berkeley, getting on at University Avenue or Gilman. It is a reverse commute, north on 80 and east on Hwy 4. It can take 30 to 45 minutes, and the drive out Hwy 4 is beautiful, rolling hills and usually pretty light traffic. The drive south back down 80 can be a little more congested, but still not too bad. Reverse commuter

It's a reverse commute, which is good (though no commute is good in the Bay Area). I'd guess about 30 minutes. Jasmine