Plan Your Visit
Whether you are staying in Palo Alto or traveling from elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can reach Stanford by way of convenient public transportation.
The local transit hub for bus and train services at Stanford is the Palo Alto Caltrain Station, located near the main entrance to campus near the intersections of Palm Drive, University Avenue, and El Camino Real. The Stanford Marguerite Shuttle, the University’s free shuttle bus, operates several routes. Most provide service from the Caltrain Station to multiple campus locations.
If you are traveling from San Francisco or San Jose, Caltrain is your most convenient option. A one-way trip from San Francisco takes approximately one hour and costs about $7.25; a one-way trip from San Jose takes approximately 40 minutes and costs about $5.25. Caltrain also connects with stations and shuttles serving the San Francisco and San Jose International Airports.
A set of basic directions to Stanford for travelers using public transportation is available on our Bay Area Transit website.