Novato travel guide

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You're Going to Love Novato

With a population of 51,904, Novato is a must-see destination in California, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Novato

If you’re looking for affordable options, Wildfox (225 Alameda Del Prado) and Aurora Ristorante Italiano (8 Commerical Blvd) are great picks.

When to visit Novato

Novato in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Novato in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Novato in July, when the average temperature is 19 °C, and the highest can go up to 27 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 4 °C, with an average temperature of 8 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in January, when precipitation is around 147 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Novato, with an average rainfall of 0 mm.

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How to Get to Novato


Although Novato doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Oakland Airport (OAK), which is located 54 km from Novato. The shortest flight to Novato from New Zealand departs from Christchurch and takes around 18h 55m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Novato. The train journey from Novato to Santa Clara takes 1h 01m and costs around $30 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from San Jose, expect to pay about $31 for a 1h 15m trip.


Another option to get to Novato is to pick up a car hire from San Francisco, which is about 38 km from Novato. You’ll find branches of Avis and Alamo, among others, in San Francisco.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Novato, including FlixBus, Greyhound and Megabus. From San Jose, the bus ride to Novato takes 113 km and will cost you around $31. From Los Angeles, the ticket costs about $134 for a journey of 684 km.

Airports near Novato

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Where to stay in Novato

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Days Inn by Wyndham Novato/San Francisco and Americas Best Value Inn Novato Marin Sonoma.

Where to stay in popular areas of Novato

Hiring a car in Novato

Expect to pay $1.68 per litre in Novato (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.05 and $26.73. The most frequently booked car type in Novato is Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Supplier choice car hire (Class Special Car or similar) is, on average, 72% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.