Palo Alto is serviced by three international airports, all offering flights by several airlines:
1. San Jose International Airport (SJC) is approximately 15 miles away (a 20 minute drive). Contact: (408) 392-3600.
2. San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is approximately 22 miles away (a 25 minute drive). Contact: (650) 821-8211.
3. Oakland International Airport (OAK) is approximately 30 miles away (a 40 minute drive). Contact: (510) 563-3300.
Choosing an Airport: Although San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the largest of the three area airports and offers the most airlines and flights, some visitors find that the smaller size of San Jose International Airport (SJC) makes it a more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.
Train & Bus
Amtrak: (800) 872-7245
Greyhound: (408) 295-4151
Visitors can take a bus service to San Jose Station and take Caltrain to Palo Alto.
AJ’s Taxi Service: (408) 759-9654
On Time Airport Taxi: (650) 993-1230
Yellow Taxi Cab: (408) 412-3100
On Thursday, July 7th and Friday, July 8th, the complimentary Stanford Marguerite shuttle will be available for use by conference attendees throughout the day (see below under “Public Transportation” for more information). The Marguerite shuttle will take attendees from the Sheraton Palo Alto and Stanford Guest House to the conference site at the Stanford Arrillaga Alumni Center and back. Guests staying at the Cardinal Hotel can access the Marguerite shuttle by taking a short 4-block walk to the Palo Alto Caltrain station transit center.
On the morning of Saturday, July 9th, Division 45 shuttle buses will be available from the Sheraton Palo Alto, Stanford Guest House, and Cardinal Hotel to the conference site at the Arrillaga Alumni Center. After the Saturday reception, buses will be again available from the Arrillaga Alumni Center back to the Sheraton Palo Alto, Stanford Guest House, and Cardinal Hotel.
The following driving directions are to the Arrillaga Alumni Center.
From Highway 101 North & South: Take the Embarcadero Road exit west – toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it enters the Stanford campus. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center of campus. The Alumni Center is on the right side of Galvez Street, just after you cross over Campus Drive.
From Highway 280 North & South: Exit Sand Hill Road east toward Stanford. Continue east, turning right at the traffic light on Santa Cruz Avenue. Make an immediate left onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn left at the second traffic light and onto Campus Drive East. Continue around Campus Drive East and turn left when you reach Serra Street, at the gas station. Follow Serra Street until it ends at Galvez Street.
From El Camino Real: Exit El Camino Real at University Avenue. Turn toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Go through one traffic light, and turn left onto Campus Drive at the first stop sign.
Maps of Stanford and the surrounding area can be found at: http://visit.stanford.edu/plan/
Attendees who are driving to campus should park in the Galvez Parking Lot. Please see the map (on the right and linked below) for the 3 entry points to the Galvez lot and its location relative to the Arrillaga Alumni Center, where the conference will be held. Attendees will need to pay for parking using exact Cash, Coin, or Visa/MasterCard. Parking is currently $8 per day using a coupon code (5304) which will be valid on Thursday, July 7th & Friday, July 8th. Parking is free on Saturday.
In order to use the coupon code:
- First park and remember your stall number.
- Touch any key to exit the intro screen.
- Enter your stall number and Press [OK] to Continue.
- Select #1 to Purchase a Ticket.
- On the next screen, select (1) for Incremental or (2) for All Day Parking. If arriving after 10:45am use the incremental option without an event code and skip to Step 9.
- If All Day Parking is selected, select “Yes” when it asks if you have an event code.
- Enter the event code number (5304) and press OK.
- Once the code is entered, you’ll receive a message that says “Get Ready For Payment”.
- Insert your Visa/Mastercard or cash payment (if incremental rate was selected and paying by credit card, increase the expiration time by pressing the ‘1’ key). If paying by cash, deposit more money to increase the expiration time.
- Select OK to complete transaction and print your receipt. You do not need to display receipt on dashboard.
There are additional parking lots available on campus, but you will not be able to use the coupon code unless you park in the Galvez Lot. Hourly payment is also available. No payment is required after 4pm.
Please review the Alumni Center Parking Map for directions & additional parking options: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/resources/alumnicenter/directions
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.
If you are traveling from San Francisco or San Jose, Caltrain is your most convenient option. Caltrain is a commuter rail service that runs between San Jose and San Francisco and the stop closest to Stanford Campus is the Palo Alto station. 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 International (SFO) and San Jose International (SJC) Airports.
The free Stanford shuttle, called the Marguerite, meets most trains at the Palo Alto Transit Center at the Palo Alto Caltrain station between 6:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guests staying at the Sheraton Palo Alto can also access the shuttle at the transit center, located next to the hotel’s parking lot. For guests staying at the Stanford Guest House at SLAC, the SLAC line operates Monday through Friday between SLAC and Hoover Tower from 7:35 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., approx. every 30 minutes. Guests staying at the Cardinal Hotel can access the Marguerite by taking a short 4-block walk to the Palo Alto Caltrain station. Take Line Y (clockwise) which is available 6:10 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., every 10-20 minutes. Exit the Marguerite at the stop located directly in front of the Arrillaga Alumni Center.
Additional resources for travelers using public transportation to Stanford are available on the Stanford Parking & Transportation Services website.