Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is located at 7000 East Avenue in Livermore, California, a community in the Tri-Valley area of northern California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. On this page, directions are given for visitors traveling from the three area airports: Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. 511 SF Bay Area provides instant online access to road, rail, and water transit information for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Note that all visitors to the Laboratory must first check in at the Westgate Badge Office.

Map Detail for Lawrence Livermore and Immediate Area

From the Oakland International Airport

The Oakland International Airport is about 32 miles west of the Laboratory. Travel time from the airport to the Laboratory is about 50 minutes but can be longer during commute hours.

  1. Exit the airport and turn right on Airport Drive.
  2. Turn right at the intersection of Neil Armstrong Way to stay on Airport Drive.
  3. Turn right on 98th Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto the I-880 SOUTH on-ramp toward San Jose.
  5. Take the I-238 exit on the right toward Stockton/Fresno/I-580.
  6. I-238 turns into I-580 EAST.
  7. Continue EAST on I-580 about 20 miles past Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton, and most Livermore exits.
  8. To go to the Lab's Westgate Badge Office, take the Vasco Road exit. Keep to the right at the fork in the exit ramp. (Directions to the Lab's Discovery Center are given below.)
  9. Travel SOUTH on Vasco Road about 1.5 miles.
  10. Turn left at Westgate Drive, the fifth traffic light on Vasco Road.
  11. Take the first right to the Laboratory’s Westgate Badge Office, which is the first building to the right before passing the guarded entrance. All visitors must check in at this office prior to entering the Laboratory’s main site.

From the San Francisco International Airport

The San Francisco International Airport is about 50 miles west of the Laboratory. Travel time from the airport to the Laboratory is about 1 hour and 15 minutes but can be longer during commute hours.

  1. As you exit the airport, take I-101 SOUTH toward San Jose. Drive about 6.4 miles.
  2. Take the CA-92 exit to Hayward/Half Moon Bay.
  3. Keep left at the fork in the ramp, and take the CA-92 EAST exit toward Hayward. Continue east on CA-92 over the San Mateo Bridge.
  4. Take the I-880 NORTH exit toward Oakland.
  5. Take the I-238 NORTH/I-580 EAST exit.
  6. Keep to the right, and take the I-580 EAST exit on the right toward Stockton.
  7. Continue EAST on I-580 about 20 miles past Castro Valley, Dublin, Pleasanton, and most Livermore exits.
  8. To go to the Lab’s Westgate Badge Office, take the Vasco Road exit. Keep to the right at the fork in the exit ramp. (Directions to the Lab’s Discovery Center are given below.)
  9. Travel SOUTH on Vasco Road about 1.5 miles.
  10. Turn left at Westgate Drive, the fifth traffic light on Vasco Road.
  11. Take the first right to the Laboratory’s Westgate Badge Office, which is the first building to the right before passing the guarded entrance. All visitors must check in at this office prior to entering the Laboratory’s main site.

From the San Jose International Airport

The San Jose International Airport is about 36 miles southwest of the Laboratory. Travel time from the airport to the Laboratory is about 1 hour but can be longer during commute hours.

  1. Exit the airport
  2. Take the I-880 NORTH on-ramp. Drive about 7 miles.
  3. Take the CA-237 EAST/Mission Boulevard exit. Drive about 1 mile.
  4. Take the I-680 NORTH exit toward Sacramento. Drive about 16 miles.
  5. Take the I-580 EAST exit toward Stockton.
  6. Continue EAST on I-580 past Pleasanton and most of the Livermore exits.
  7. To go to the Lab’s Westgate Badge Office, take the Vasco Road exit. Keep to the right at the fork in the exit ramp. (Directions to the Lab’s Discovery Center are given below.)
  8. Travel SOUTH on Vasco Road about 1.5 miles.
  9. Turn left at Westgate Drive, the fifth traffic light on Vasco Road.
  10. Take the first right to the Laboratory’s Westgate Badge Office, which is the first building to the right before passing the guarded entrance. All visitors must check in at this office prior to entering the Laboratory’s main site.

From I-580 to the Laboratory’s Discovery Center

The Discovery Center is located on Greenville Road near the Laboratory’s Eastgate entrance. Inside, visitors will find displays representing Lawrence Livermore programs in national security, energy and the biosciences, as well as information on the Laboratory’s history as a pioneer in national research and development. To schedule a large-group tour outside the center’s normal hours, call (925) 422-4599.

  1. From I-580 EAST, take the Vasco Road exit.
  2. Go south on Vasco and turn left at Patterson Pass Road.
  3. Turn right at Greenville Road.
  4. Turn right at Lupin Way, at the Laboratory’s east entrance.
  5. Turn left into the Visitors Center parking lot, before the guard gate.