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Public Transit to Stanford

Caltrain locomotive

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.


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; a one-way trip from San Jose takes approximately 40 minutes.  Caltrain also connects with stations and shuttles serving the San Francisco and San Jose International Airports.

For more information about Caltrain stops and to link directly to information about Caltrain service, please click here.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

BART provides transit service on the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout the East Bay.  Stanford riders can connect to BART at the following stations:

  1. Millbrae – served by Caltrain
  2. Fremont – served by the Line U East Bay Express
  3. Union City – served by the Dumbarton Express

For BART information, visit

For further general information about traveling to campus on public transit please visit the university's public transit site.