Directions to Stanford
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 university. Stay in the left lane and continue toward the center
of campus. There is metered parking in a lot on the right side Galvez Street, just past Memorial
Way. A few hundred feet beyond this lot, Galvez ends at Serra Street, where there is more metered
parking. The visitor information center is in Memorial Hall, which is across from Hoover Tower
on Serra Street.
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
stoplight, 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. Turn right
onto Galvez and look for the first parking lot on the left which is a public pay parking lot
that is adjacent to the side of Memorial Hall. The Visitor Center is in the front of Memorial
Hall. Please note that parking is monitored Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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. Turn right at Galvez Street, the next
stop sign. There is metered parking in the lot between Memorial Hall and the Economics building.
The Visitor Center is in the front of Memorial Hall. Please note that parking is monitored
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
By train (Caltrain):
Caltrain is a commuter rail service that runs between Gilroy and San Francisco. There are three
stops close to Stanford: one on California Avenue, another at the end of Palm Drive in downtown
Palo Alto, and one in Menlo Park.
The Stanford shuttle, called Marguerite
, meets every train at both the Palo Alto and California
Ave. stations from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m Monday - Friday.
From points south of Stanford (Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency):
The Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) runs buses to Palo Alto and most points south of Stanford.
It also operates the light rail line in Santa Clara County.
From points north of Stanford (SamTrans):
SamTrans runs buses to most points north of Stanford. Five of their lines serve Stanford well.
From the East Bay (Dumbarton Express):
The Dumbarton Express, used by many East Bay commuters, runs weekdays from the Union City BART
station across the Dumbarton Bridge to the Palo Alto Caltrain station, where the Stanford
shuttle, called Marguerite
, meets most trains.
Stanford is roughly equidistant from San Jose and San Francisco airports. Sam Trans'
might be the
cheapest way to get to and from San Francisco International Airport. That bus stops in front of
the Stanford Shopping Center on El Camino Real. The Stanford shuttle, called
, connects there. More information about public transportation from the Oakland,
San Jose and San Francisco airports is available through the Transit Info
A number of private companies also provide shuttle transportation from the San Francisco and San
Jose airports, and taxis serve the Stanford campus from both locations.
For additional questions or trip planning assistance, 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.