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When planning your trip, consider browsing the links below to find resources for transportation, campus information, lodging, and places of interest in and around the Stanford community. Please note that some of these websites and resources are not maintained by Stanford University and may change without notice.

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Getting Here

For general information about transportation to campus, visit the Stanford Transportation website.


San Francisco International (SFO) is approximately 25 miles north and San Jose International (SJC) approximately 20 miles south of Stanford. Both airports offer public transport, shuttle, and hire car options that will get you here. Oakland International (OAK) is also an option but is further from campus and can be more difficult to travel to/from using public transport and shuttles.

Public Transportation

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) provides limited transit service on the San Francisco Peninsula and throughout the East Bay. BART services do not extend past the Millbrae Station. Stanford riders can connect to BART via Caltrain and bus connections at the following stations:

Millbrae – served by Caltrain
Fremont – served by the Line U East Bay Express
Union City – served by the Dumbarton Express

Caltrain connects San Francisco and San Jose (including both airports) with a stop in Palo Alto. Attendees using Caltrain should get off at the Palo Alto station.

Campus Transportation

Marguerite, Stanford's free shuttle service, meets most Caltrain services at the Palo Alto station and can take you to many popular destinations on campus. See the Live Shuttle Map. There are some special shuttle routes added on Saturday and Sunday for the Caltrain, the President's Reception, and to the parking lots.

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Lodging & Dining

The Stanford campus and surrounding areas offer a wide range of lodging and dining options, however not all locations may be open or available during Commencement Weekend. Please contact establishments directly to confirm status and hours of operation.


Lodging near Stanford

Lodging in Palo Alto

Lodging in the Silicon Valley Area

Lodging in the Bay Area

Wheelchair Accessible Hotels


Cafe & Retail Locations on Campus

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce Restaurants & Cafes List

Palo Alto Online's Best of 2021 Restaurants

Dining Options at the Stanford Shopping Center