There are 6 ways to get from Union Square to Stanford University by train, subway, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Recommended option

Caltrain  •  1 h 27 min

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

$6 - $8

Cheapest option

Line 398 bus, bus  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the line 398 bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Bruno BART-Bay 7 Outer Busway 398
  2. Take the bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr

$4 - $7

4 alternative options

BART, bus  •  2 h 34 min

  1. Take the BART from Montgomery St. to Union City Warm Springs/South Fremont - Daly City
  2. Take the bus from Union City BART to Stanford Oval Db

$8

Taxi  •  42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Union Square to Stanford University 35.2 miles

$190 - $240

Drive  •  42 min

  1. Drive from Union Square to Stanford University 35.2 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  42 min

  1. Take an Uber from Union Square to Stanford University 35.2 miles

$55 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Union Square to Stanford University is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Union Square to Stanford University is to taxi which costs $190 - $240 and takes 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Union Square to Stanford University. However, there are services departing from Mission St & 5th St and arriving at Serra @ Encina Hall via San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway and Caltrain University Circle. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 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 Union Square and Stanford University is 28 miles. The road distance is 35.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Union Square to Stanford University without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 27 min and costs $6 - $8.

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The Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain takes 40 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Union Square to Stanford University bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Mission St & 5th St station.

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

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The best way to get from Union Square to Stanford University is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 27 min and costs $6 - $8. Alternatively, you can line 398 bus and bus, which costs $4 - $7 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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

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Union Square to Stanford University train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Palo Alto Caltrain station.

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Map of how to get from Union Square to Stanford University.
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  • Distance: 28.3 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 27 min

What companies run services between Union Square, CA, USA and Stanford University, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from Union Square to Stanford University every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $6 - $8 and the journey takes 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Union Square to Stanford University via Mission St & 5th St, San Bruno BART-Bay 7 Outer Busway, San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway, Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1, Caltrain University Circle, and Serra @ Encina Hall in around 2 h 35 min.

Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Montgomery St. to Union City
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
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 & 5th St to San Bruno BART-Bay 7 Outer Busway
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Union Square to Stanford University
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$55 - $70
UberX
$55 - $70
WAV
$55 - $70
UberXL
$80 - $110
Select
$110 - $150
Black
$150 - $200
Black SUV
$170 - $220
Taxi from Union Square to Stanford University
Ave. Duration
42 min
Estimated price
$190 - $240
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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