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Travel, Directions, & SLAC Information

Local Airports
Local Maps

You can find a series of maps covering the surrounding areas.

Ground Transportation

From San Francisco Airport:

From San Jose Airport:

Car Rental:

Most major rental car companies have many outlets including all major airports (SFO rental car center has many rental vendors altogether in one central building nearby which is very conveniently reachable by air-train). There is a Discount Rental Car Program associated with SLAC which can be used by SLAC visitors, although still worth search for other deals (e.g. via priceline.com) as they can sometimes do better. Note that although the base daily rate looks very good, the total cost including (one time) airport related tax will bump up the effective total. Rentals for longer period will see more effectively daily rate benefit. You should check your institutional travel rental insurance policy. If you have similar policy like Stanford covering both basic and collision damage waiver then you don't need any additional insurance. In case you do need adding insurance, you should ask at the rental desk at airport pickup.


SLAC has an Enterprise Rent-A-Car discount program as mentioned above, which only applies to rentals from the three nearby major airports (SFO/SJC/OAK).

Enterprise Rent-A-Car alos has an ourlet on Stanford campus and offers a free pick-up service from the Stanford Guest House lobby. Guests can take advantage of discounted rates (a separate discount program for the Guest House) by mentioning the Stanford Guest House. The Stanford Location and contact is: 360 Oak Road, Stanford, CA 94305, (650) 833-8060.

Other rental car companies:
Avis: (800) 831-2847
Budget: (800) 527-0700
Hertz: (800) 654-3131
National: (800) 227-7368
Thrifty: (800) 847-4389

Stanford Zipcar*
(866) 494-7227
*Stanford Zipcar offers hourly rentals using vehicles located on campus

Train / Uber/ Taxi:

Caltrain (800) 660-4287 Caltrain runs between San Francisco and San Jose, with limited service to Gilroy. The Marguerite campus shuttle provides service to the Palo Alto and California Avenue Caltrain stations. For travel to SFO International Airport, take Caltrain towards San Francisco, transfer at the Milbrae station to BART-SFO shuttle. Please note: The distance from the train station to SLAC is not walking distance. Alternate transportation from the train station when the Marguerite is not running is by Uber or taxi. The cost of taking traditional Taxi from airport to SLAC used to be too high for normal operaiton. The emergence of  Uber has significantly changed this and many SLAC travellers are regularly using Uber for SLAC/home to airport trips. Considering the rather involved connections and longer trip time with trains, in the case of more than one person Uber probably makes better sense in any case. Note that Uber is not allowed to pick up passenger on the ground Arrival level at San Francisco International Airport so that you need to go to Departure level upstairs to meet your called Uber ride.

For BART information, call: (650) 992-2278

Marguerite Shuttle (Free shuttle around Stanford) SLAC schedule (SLAC:Monday - Friday only)