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.

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
C$ 171
1 night at 3-star hotel
Novato in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 171
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 33 miles from Novato. Oakland Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines and other airlines departing from Canada. The shortest flight to Novato from Canada departs from Edmonton and takes around 2h 58m.


Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to Novato. The train journey from Novato to Stockton takes 1h 38m and costs around C$ 20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Sacramento, expect to pay about C$ 23 for a 1h 41m trip.


Another option to get to Novato is to pick up a car rental from San Francisco, which is about 24 miles from Novato. You’ll find branches of Fox and Thrifty, among others, in San Francisco.


You can travel by bus to Novato using FlixBus or Greyhound. From Santa Rosa, the bus ride to Novato takes 90 miles and will cost you around C$ 58. From Sacramento, the ticket costs about C$ 37 for a journey of 120 miles.

Airports near Novato

Airlines serving Novato

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Austrian Airlines
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Brussels Airlines
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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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

Most booked hotels in Novato

Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 239+
Courtyard by Marriott Novato Marin/Sonoma
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 239+
Inn Marin and Suites Ascend Hotel Collection
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
C$ 179+
Days Inn by Wyndham Novato/San Francisco
Good (7, Good reviews)
C$ 151+
Marinwood Inn & Suites
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
C$ 154+
Americas Best Value Inn Novato Marin Sonoma
Good (6.7, Good reviews)
C$ 115+
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Renting a car in Novato

Expect to pay C$ 1.35 per litre in Novato (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 16.14 and C$ 21.52. The most frequently booked car type in Novato is Full-size (Ford Transit or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy rental cars (Chevrolet Spark or similar) are, on average, 51% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.