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

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Caltrain via Serra @ Encina Hall  •  1 h 3 min

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

$7 - $9

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Bus  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Mission St & 9th St to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 398

$5 - $7

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Caltrain  •  1 h 5 min

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

$7 - $9

BART, bus  •  2 h 29 min

  1. Take the BART from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Union City Warm Springs/South Fremont - Daly City
  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 - $70

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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 Serra @ Encina Hall via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A and Caltrain University Circle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 18 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Palo Alto Caltrain. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 40 min.

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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 3 min and costs $7 - $9.

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It takes approximately 1 h 3 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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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Stanford University.
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  • Distance: 27.8 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 3 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 every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $7 - $9 and the journey takes 40 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from San Francisco to Stanford University hourly. Tickets cost $3 - $5 and the journey takes 1 h 30 min.

Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Civic Center/UN Plaza to Union City
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 9th St to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
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
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 - $70
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$50 - $70
UberX
$50 - $70
WAV
$50 - $70
UberXL
$80 - $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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