If arriving by air, San Francisco International Airport is the preferred airport for arrivals to TRACEN Petaluma due to the more frequent runs to Petaluma via ground transportation. The USO lounge is open 24 hours and is located on the Mezzanine Level of Terminal 1 (directions).
Oakland International Airport is a viable option but ground transportation to TRACEN Petaluma is more sporadic so please allow for additional waiting time when using the Oakland Airport. Unfortunately, there is no USO at the Oakland Airport.
The recommended ground transportation travel from SFO and OAK is the Airport Express, a commercial shuttle, which provides direct services from San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport to Petaluma seven days a week. Reservations are not required, but are recommended to ensure seating. Departures are every hour from 0530-0030 (check the schedule to verify). Visit www.airportexpressinc.com or call (707) 837-8700, or (800)327-2024.
Cost is $32 for a one-way ticket (ask for a military rate). Note: This is the military discount price. Military prices must be requested and verification, with military ID, is required. The cost is reimbursable.
Drop-off point in Petaluma is the Petaluma Fairgrounds terminal.
Taxi's from either OAK or SFO should be used only when there are no other options as the drive to TRACEN Petaluma is over an hour and the bill will be several hundred dollars!
After arriving in Petaluma, take a taxi or the liberty van to the Training Center.
Note: There are several restaurants within walking distance of the Fairgrounds. If you are arriving outside of galley or other service hours, this will be the last chance for you to purchase a meal.
Taxi: The ride is approximately 20 minutes, and costs approximately $40. The cost of the taxi is reimbursable, so keep your receipt. Take the taxi directly to Horsley Hall.
Training Center Liberty Van provides transportation between the Training Center and various points in Petaluma. This service is for students during their stay at Training Center Petaluma (after checking-in and prior to departure), but may be used by arriving students on a space available basis only. Due to capacity limitations, personnel traveling under orders should be prepared to take commercial transportation. These policies are not affected by the pay grade of the rider. Dependents are not authorized to ride the liberty van. To check to see if the liberty van will be stopping at the Fairgrounds around the time you are to arrive via ground transportation, please contact (707)765-7500.
Santa Rosa Airport is also NOT recommended as a gateway to Petaluma as it has limited scheduled airline service and ground transportation, other than taxi, is not available.