Transportation Options for Students
Need a Car or a Ride?
Transportation Information & Resources
Stanford Transportation can help you get around campus and out of town – Marguerite, bicycles, public transit, airport shuttles, bus charters, and on-campus car share and rental cars.
- Stanford's free Marguerite shuttles will take you nearly everywhere you need to go: to a class at the far end of campus, shopping, restaurants, transit connections, and errands.
- The Marguerite runs five days a week year-round, with additional late-night and weekend service during the academic year and limited holiday service.
- Provides service to local shopping areas, such the San Antonio Shopping Center, Town & Country Village, and downtown Palo Alto.
- Links you with Palo Alto Caltrain station, where you can catch frequent buses and trains around Palo Alto and to San Francisco, San Jose, the East Bay, and other destinations.
- Visit Marguerite Shuttle on the web for routes and schedules.
- Get up-to-the-minute information about bus locations and estimated arrival times for most Marguerite lines with the Marguerite Live Map and app.
- Most buses are wheelchair-accessible and have bike racks.
Need a Car or Want to Share a Ride?
- Zipcar provides a convenient, self-service, on-demand car sharing program at Stanford University at reduced rates for Stanford students ages 18 and older.
- Airport shuttles are available through various companies not affiliated with Stanford.
Emergency Ride Home
If you are considering using alternative transportation, but are concerned there may be times when you need to use a car to get somewhere quickly for a personal emergency, the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program has you covered. Register with the ERH program, and, if you have an eligible emergency on a day you commuted to Stanford by alternative transportation, we will help you get home.
Freshmen Emergency Ride Home
Freshmen students who register for the Freshman Emergency Ride Home program are offered a "safety net" for unforeseen travel emergencies.
- Students who find themselves stranded off-campus without a way back using existing transit alternatives can take a FREE cab ride back to campus for up to three emergency rides per year. (Each ride must be to a campus destination and within an eight-mile radius of campus. Restrictions apply.)
Bicycle Safety Program Information & Resources
- Bicycling is ideally suited to Stanford's mild climate and flat terrain. Riding a bike is the fastest way to get around — plus, there is capacity to park over 19,000 bikes on the campus.
- Go car-free! The Marguerite shuttle, Zipcar (car sharing), Hertz Car Rentals and other options are available for trips not suited to cycling.
- Connect to transit — most Marguerite buses are equipped with bike racks.
- For more information on the bike program and bike safety, visit the bike program web page or email email@example.com.
- Visit our web page for bike information specifically for undergraduate students