(Closed) Husband Needs to go from Seattle to Napa -Possible?

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It’s possible but he should fly into Sacramento (not SFO) and rent a car, there are way fewer delays in and out of Sacramento and it is the same travel time to and from the airport… but it is cutting it really close.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You didn’t say what time the ceremony starts.

If your cruise arrives on time in  Seattle at 7 am, you may not get off the ship until 1 to 2 hours later. The ship’s passengers are given departure times in groups. You then have to get your luggage, catch a taxi or shuttle to SEATAC airport( 45 min) fly to OAK  or SAC – flights to SACare less frequent- ( an hour and a quarter), take the shuttle to Napa (an hour and a half). Travel time alone will be upwards of 3.5 hours- not counting and time required to get luggage, check in, clear customs etc.

He could consider getting off the ship a day early at the Victoria stop and travel down from there.

 

Post # 8
Hostess
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Of all my flights in living here for 12 years not one of my Sacramento flights have arrived on time, while only a few of my Oakland flights were late. I have had terrible experiences with both traffic and delays at Sacramento.

I would highly recommend Oakland over Sacramento, but that is just my opinion based on experience.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Wouldn’t Sonoma County airport be closer? Alaska has direct flights Seattle-Sonoma.

Post # 12
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

You’re welcome! I think it only serves like five cities, but Seattle is one of them 🙂

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The Sonoma Airport is in Santa Rosa and is about the same distance as Sacramento or Oakland.  I live in Napa, have lived in several East Bay locations and we used to choose Sacramento over Oakland when we officially lived closer to Oakland.  

We prefer Sacramento due to the ease of getting in and out and the tendancy to run mostly on time.  I have flown out of Oakland and San Francisco regularly too.  Oakland is a nice airport but the traffic in and around the airport can get dicey. If there is traffic on 880 there is likely traffic on 580 and 80.  You can cut over 24 but depending on the flow of traffic that can back up due to the tunnel.  There are alternate routes but you need to be more familiar with the area to make those calls.

From Sacramento there are 2 routes that don’t have any crossover so if there is traffic on one route you can change plans and go the other route.  That is not the case with Oakland. 

All are about 1 hour away from Napa.  I cannot stress enough that SFO is not a good option for this kind of situation.  If you do decide to go Oakland check out Southwest, looks like their flight schedule might fit better for the timeframes you are looking at.  In general the flight schedules in and out of Sacramento look like they might fit your needs better though.  The direct on Alaska into Santa Rosa could work well too. 

Rental cars will also be less expensive in Sacramento or Santa Rosa…

Hope that helps!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Oakland would be the best airport to fly into, there’s a little bit of East Bay traffic through there but it’s the closest to Napa and flights usually run fine.

On a Saturday morning there shouldn’t be too much traffic and usually it looks worse than it is. 

Post # 16
Hostess
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@yellowshoe: Well here I am! 🙂

The drive from Oakland to Napa (City) will take you just about an hour and there shouldn’t be any East Bay traffic on Saturday morning (as a PP mentioned). The drive from Sacramento to Napa (City) will take you at least an hour and a half and I have encountered traffic along the way regardless of the day and time.

Now as for the Charles Schultz Airport in Santa Rosa three things to note; it is very expensive, it is somewhat unreliable as flights are easily canceled when not filled (small planes), and it is not really any closer than Oakland time wise (about an hour to Napa (city)). I have had two flights canceled trying to use them (Vegas and LA). However, yes it is an option especially if you are flying Alaksa (Horizon Air).

I say Napa City because I am not sure if the wedding is actually in the city of Napa or the county of Napa (ie: Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville etc). The further up the valley you go towards Calistoga the longer it will take you and the closer to the Schultz Airport you will get.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. 🙂

 

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