Antioch (California)

Antioch is in the extreme east part of Contra Costa County in California.

Map of Antioch


Antioch one of the oldest towns in California, founded in 1850 by two brothers, William and Joseph Smith, who named the town Smith’s Landing. In 1851, the town's new minister persuaded the residents to change the name of the town to Antioch, for the Biblical city of Antioch, Syria. According to the most recent Census Antioch is the 270th largest city in America

Get in

By car

Highway 4 runs through Antioch and ends at the Antioch bridge. Tolls for the bridge are collected for northbound traffic, and there are 5 exits going East and 3 exits going west on Highway 4. Be advised that this is a major highway in how people commute to Oakland and San Francisco. During the morning, late afternoon, and early evening, it can and will be packed. Also, there is ongoing construction to expand the highway which might cause some delays.


With Antioch's considerable sprawl, car rentals are the most convenient form of transportation for visitors. Local companies tend to offer better prices, but national chains might be more convenient as far as return policies and hours

By train

Amtrak serves Antioch with one train station downtown. There is no ticket booth here, so exercise caution at night. It has bathrooms, but they are usually locked. The San Joaquin Route services this station.

Get around

Tri-Delta Transit buses serve the area; pretty much all bus lines will take you to the BART in Pittsburg. County Connection bus #930 goes to Walnut Creek. The main streets are Hillcrest, Lone Tree, Somersville, A Street and James Donlon. These streets can pretty much take you anywhere you need to go in Antioch.

By taxi

Taxi service is available, but on a much reduced scale as compared to major cities, but you won't be able to hail a cab; it is necessary to call and arrange for a taxi to pick you up. Rates are fixed by city ordinance and do not vary among companies.


The following buildings in the City of Antioch are on the National Register of Historical Places:

Site Year Built Address Listed Open to Public Yes or No
Roswell Butler Hard House 1867 815 W. First Street 1992 No






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Stay safe

Exercise caution in downtown during nighttime, its dimly lit and the homeless are numerous in that area. As with any city just use smart judgement and you should be safe.



The Antioch Press, published by Brentwood Press & Publishing Corporation. Antioch Press is a weekly newspaper that is published every Friday. The current circulation is just over 4,000.



Go next

Routes through Antioch

Hercules Pittsburg  W  E  Brentwood Stockton
END  S  N  Isleton Sacramento
Emeryville Martinez  W  E  Stockton Bakersfield

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