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There are 7 ways to get from San Francisco to Stanford University by train, subway, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain via Tresidder Union  •  1 h 29 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Local / ...

$7 - $9

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Bus  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Mission St & 9th St to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave 398
  2. Take the bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr

$5 - $7

5 alternative options

Caltrain  •  1 h 25 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Local / ...

$7 - $9

BART, bus  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Union City BART Station Green
  2. Take the bus from Union City BART to Stanford Oval Db

$8 - $9

Taxi  •  41 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Francisco to Stanford University 34 miles

$190 - $230

Drive  •  41 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Stanford University 34 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  41 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco to Stanford University 34 miles

$50 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Stanford University is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 41 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Stanford University is to taxi which costs $190 - $230 and takes 41 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Stanford University. However, there are services departing from Mission St & 9th St and arriving at Santa Teresa @ New Guinea via El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave and Caltrain University Circle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Palo Alto Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h.

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The distance between San Francisco and Stanford University is 28 miles. The road distance is 34 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Stanford University without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 29 min and costs $7 - $9.

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It takes approximately 1 h 29 min to get from San Francisco to Stanford University, including transfers.

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San Francisco to Stanford University bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Mission St & 9th St station.

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San Francisco to Stanford University train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Francisco Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Stanford University is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 29 min and costs $7 - $9. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $5 - $7 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Stanford University.
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  • Distance: 27.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 29 min

What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Stanford University, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from San Francisco to Stanford University hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $9 and the journey takes 1 h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Stanford University via El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave, Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1, Caltrain University Circle, and Santa Teresa @ New Guinea in around 2 h 33 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station to Union City BART Station
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Union City BART to Stanford Oval
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 9th St to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco to Stanford University
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$40 - $60
Assist
$50 - $65
UberX
$50 - $65
WAV
$50 - $65
UberXL
$75 - $100
Select
$110 - $140
Black
$150 - $190
Black SUV
$160 - $210
Taxi from San Francisco to Stanford University
Ave. Duration
41 min
Estimated price
$190 - $230
SF Green Cab
Phone
+1 415-626-4733
Website
greencabsf.com
https://www.sfmta.com/
Website
sfmta.com
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 415.333.3333
Website
yellowcabsf.com
Taxi Bay Area
Phone
+1 408-541-1515
Website
taxibayarea.com

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San Francisco to Stanford University bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 station.

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San Francisco to Stanford University train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Palo Alto Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Stanford University is 34 miles. It takes approximately 41 min to drive from San Francisco to Stanford University.

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