Getting around campus and beyond

Stanford University Parking and Transporation Services

Whether you are driving to Stanford, need a quick lift across campus, or want to find a local bike shop, your best resource is Parking and Transportation Services. Visit for just about anything related to getting around campus and the Bay Area.

   photo of Marguerite shuttle bus


Marguerite is Stanford’s free shuttle service that travels around campus, to the Palo Alto and California Avenue Caltrain stations, and to major shopping centers. The main shuttle lines traverse the campus Monday through Friday all year except University holidays. All of the shuttle lines are wheelchair-accessible. Evening and weekend service is available September through June, as well as the Midnight Express, which operates between campus and the Palo Alto Caltrain Station from 8:00 p.m. until midnight (and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights). Marguerite is free and open to the public—no ID required. More information, including route schedules and maps, may be found online.

Sure Escort Service


Your personal escort after dark, free radio-dispatched SURE Escort Service golf carts can take you safely wherever you need to go on campus. SURE (Stanford United for Rape Elimination) is open to any member of the University community who feels unsafe or uncomfortable traveling alone around campus at night. Whether you need a lift to your car or simply don't feel comfortable walking alone to the library, call 725-SURE and an escort will usually arrive within 10-20 minutes—expect a longer wait on weekends.

Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, dusk until 2 a.m. while classes are in session. Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only.

Biking at Stanford

Commuting on Your Bike

Bicycling is ideally suited to the Stanford area’s mild climate, flat terrain and gentle, rolling hills. It’s a quiet, affordable, and healthy way to get around.
Bikes aren’t just for fun anymore—a growing number of people are choosing to commute on non-motorized wheels. There is plenty of free bicycle parking on campus—an estimated 12,000 bike racks.

Whether biking recreationally or commuting to work or class, the Parking & Transportation Services can help you with:

  1. Bike maps (city, county, and Stanford; the Stanford Directory bike map covers San Carlos to Sunnyvale with recommended routes)
  2. Clothing and bike locker assignments; refer to map on-line for locations
  3. Bike registration
  4. Flyers and brochures to make your ride easier and safer
  5. Bike Route Planning and Commuting-by-Bike Tips

Check out Parking and Transportation on the web for for more bicycling information and resources.

Full-time Campus Bicycle Coordinator!

Stanford is one of the three campuses in the US that has a full-time Bicycle Program Coordinator on staff, joining UC Davis in Davis, CA and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Call 725-BIKE (2453) if you have specific questions on bicycling on campus, stop by the Parking & Transportation Services office, or e-mail:

Bicycle-Friendly Transit

All the public transportation options in the Bay Area are bike friendly too. Caltrain, VTA buses, VTA Light Rail, BART and even the Stanford Marguerite shuttle accommodate bicycles with bike racks to mount bikes or with on board capacity. Refer to specific sites for rules and regulations as there are restrictions on some modes of travel.
To find out more about Bikestation Palo Alto, Free Bicycle Valet Parking at the downtown Caltrain Station and more amenities and services, call 327-9636, or visit (click on Bikestation).

Other contacts include:

Caltrain, 800-660-4287,
VTA, 408-321-2300,

For more information, a great reference for all transportation-related services is:

Public Transportation

SamTrans serves San Mateo County residents and offers hundreds of daily trips between Palo Alto and downtown San Francisco. SamTrans also runs buses to most points north of Stanford, including East Palo Alto.

Dumbarton Express
The Dumbarton Express runs weekdays from the Union City BART station across its namesake, the Dumbarton bridge, to the Palo Alto Caltrain station. It is probably the most convenient way of getting from Stanford to the southern part of the East Bay.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is an efficient way to get from San Francisco to the East Bay, which include the cities of Oakland, Richmond and Fremont.

The San Francisco Municipal railway is the seventh largest public transit system in the United States. MUNI’s system consists mostly of electric buses and is one of the most geographically comprehensive transit systems in the country. It travels all over the city but also has a few stops in Daly City and Bayshore.

The Caltrain is a comfortable double decker train that runs all day up and down the peninsula from San Francisco to Gilroy on the weekdays (weekend service will resume in the Spring). It is an inexpensive way to travel between Stanford and the San Francisco and the San Jose airports. The last train leaves San Francisco at midnight. Until the weekend service resumes, Caltrain has made alternative arrangements by having buses covering the Caltrain routes.

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