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Bay Area Transit

Stanford University is accessible by several transit agencies, making it possible to get to campus from just about anywhere.


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Transit resources available from P&TS

Transit passes

Most employees can use payroll deduction to pay for passes or commuter checks and receive pre-tax savings (SLAC employees, please consult your payroll or benefits office).

For sale through Online Ordering

  • ACE: Monthly and 20-trip tickets
  • AC Transit: Monthly Local, Transbay, and RTC Passes*
  • BART: $48 and $64 High Value ticket *
  • Caltrain: Parking Passes
  • Clipper Cash*
  • Commuter Checks: Available in $20, $30, $35 and $45 denominations
  • Muni: Adult “A” and “M” Fast Passes, Senior Passes, RTC/Disabled Passes*
  • SamTrans: Adult Monthly Local, Local/SF, Express, and Senior/RTC Passes*

* Available only on the Clipper regional fare card. Visit http://www.clippercard.com to learn more. The serial number from your Clipper card will be needed to complete your order. Senior/Disabled passes require a Senior or RTC Clipper card.

For sale at our office

  • ACE: Monthly and 20-trip tickets
  • Caltrain: Parking Passes

Route maps and schedules

Our office has many local route maps and schedules for these transit agencies. Our Bay Area Transit Map (PDF, 1 MB) can help you connect to Stanford using transit.

Commute planning assistance

Request a transit and/or bike commute plan or contact the Stanford Commute Club to ask about your sustainable commute options and incentives.


thriving at stanford [without a car] - free resource guide to public transit
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Experience all the Bay Area has to offer—the beaches, nightlife, shopping, and the great outdoors—all by using Stanford's and the Bay Area's public transportation options.

Bay Area Transit Map
Bay Area Transit Map (PDF, 1 MB)
Maps and information about transit connections to Stanford.

AC Transit (Alameda - Contra Costa County Transit)

AC Transit buses serve 13 cities and adjacent areas in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Stanford Riders can connect with AC Transit at the following locations:

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ACE (Altamont Corridor Express)

Stanford faculty, staff, students now enjoy a 50-percent discount on ACE train monthly passes or 20-trip tickets (limit of one per month). Discounted tickets are only available through Stanford Parking & Transportation Services, either at our office or through our online ordering system. Eligible Stanford employees can purchase tickets on a monthly recurring basis via pre-tax payroll deduction for further savings.

The ACE train runs weekdays between Stockton and San Jose, serving the following stations:

Stanford commuters can transfer at the Fremont station to the Line U East Bay Express bus, which runs directly to campus (and is free with a Stanford ID). The ACE train also connects to Caltrain at the Santa Clara and San Jose Diridon stations. Commuters to the main campus or Research Park can take Caltrain to the Palo Alto station on University Avenue, then transfer to a free Marguerite shuttle or bike or walk to their Stanford destination.

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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:

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Caltrain

Caltrain is a commuter rail service that runs between Gilroy and San Francisco. The closest stops to the main Stanford campus, Stanford Hospital, and Research Park are the Palo Alto Transit Center (at University Avenue), Menlo Park, and California Avenue stations, respectively. Stanford’s free Marguerite shuttle meets trains at the Palo Alto Transit Center, California Avenue, and Menlo Park stations on weekdays. Marguerite also provides late-night and weekend service to the Palo Alto Transit Center station during the academic year (mid-September through mid-June) and weekends during the summer session. For Caltrain information, including information on “How to Ride,” visit http://www.caltrain.com.

All-day parking is available at most Caltrain stations. Parking is free at stations south of San Jose Diridon. At most other stations parking is $5 per day, and monthly parking permits may be purchased for $50 via Online Ordering, or at our office at 340 Bonair Siding.

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Capitol Corridor / Amtrak

The Capitol Corridor train runs between San Jose and Sacramento, with limited service north to Auburn. Stanford riders can connect to the Capitol Corridor in Fremont (via the Line U Stanford Express) or in San Jose (via Caltrain).

Stanford riders also have access to Amtrak's national rail network, via connections in San Jose and San Francisco.

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Dumbarton Express

The Dumbarton Express runs weekdays from the Union City BART station across the Dumbarton Bridge to Stanford or Deer Creek Road in Palo Alto.

All Dumbarton Express buses are equipped with Wi-Fi and bike racks. If you are a benefits-eligible employee who is eligible for the Eco Pass program, you can use your Eco Pass to take Dumbarton Express for free. For all other riders, a fare of $4.20 each direction applies.

Our East Bay/Stanford Transit Guide (PDF, 126 KB) combines the schedules of the Dumbarton Express Line DB and the Line U East Bay Express, and shows connections with BART and Marguerite. You can also view the Line DB and Line DB1 schedule on the Dumbarton Express website.

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Line U East Bay Express

AC Transit runs a weekday express shuttle bus service between the East Bay and the Stanford campus. This service is FREE for Stanford faculty, staff, students, hospital employees, and SLAC employees with a valid university ID card, hospital ID badge, or SLAC ID badge. For all other riders, a fare of $4.20 each direction applies. The shuttle includes:

Additional parking is available for Line U riders at the Wells Fargo parking lot at 3440 Walnut Avenue in Fremont. Stanford Line U riders may park in any of the 68 spaces marked "Stanford." View more information about this Park & Ride Lot, including maps and photos.

Our East Bay/Stanford Transit Guide (PDF, 126 KB) combines the schedules of the Line U and the Dumbarton Express Line DB, and shows connections with BART and Marguerite. You can also view the Line U schedule at the AC Transit website.

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Muni (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency)

Muni buses serve San Francisco, with a few stops in Daly City as well. Muni Metro also provides subway and light rail service to various locations.

Stanford Riders can connect with Muni at the following locations:

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SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District)

SamTrans connects the Palo Alto train station (and the free Marguerite shuttle service) to all of San Mateo County (north of campus), including service to the San Francisco International Airport. For SamTrans information, visit http://www.samtrans.com.

Six SamTrans bus routes serve Stanford at the Palo Alto Transit Center:

For more information about transit to San Francisco International Airport, please call the Bay Area Transit Information Hotline by dialing 511 from within the San Francisco Bay Area or (510) 817-1717 from outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit the 511.org website for information about San Jose or Oakland airports.

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VTA (Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency)

VTA buses connect the Palo Alto train station (and the free Marguerite shuttle service) to Santa Clara County (south of campus). VTA also provides light rail service in the South Bay. All VTA buses have 2-bike front-mounted racks. For VTA information, visit http://www.vta.org.

Three VTA bus routes serve Stanford at the Palo Alto Transit Center:

If you are eligible for the Eco Pass, you can use your Eco Pass to ride VTA buses, express buses, and light rail for free.

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