Parking and Transportation

There are various transportation options available to you as a visiting student at Stanford University:

Parking & Transportation on Campus

  • Parking Permits:  Visit Stanford Parking & Transportation Services at
  • Bicycle Rentals: Vist the campus bike shop at
  • Marguerite:  Stanford's free public shuttle system - no ID required. The main shuttle lines traverse the campus Mon - Fri all year (except University holidays). Evening and weekend service runs from Sept - June with the Midnight Express and Shopping Express lines. All buses are wheelchair-accessible and have bike racks. For map and schedule information, visit

Transportation in the Bay Area

  • Airports: For more information about transit to San Francisco International Airport, please call the Bay Area Transit Information Hotline by dialing 511 from within the San Francisco Bay Area or (510) 817-1717 from outside the San Francisco Bay Area, or check their website at Click here for information about San Jose International or Oakland International airports.
  • Caltrain:  A commuter rail service that runs between Gilroy and San Francisco. The two closest stops to Stanford are the California Avenue and Palo Alto stations. The Marguerite service meets trains at both stations between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. Marguerite also provides late-night and weekend service to the Palo Alto station during the academic year. For Caltrain information, visit
    • All-day parking is available at most Caltrain stations.  Parking is $5.50 per day, and monthly parking permits may be purchased for $82.50.
    • Caltrain carries up to 80 bikes aboard every train, free and without permit. Just board the northernmost car and look for the onboard bike racks. Bike lockers are available at many stations. For more information, call Caltrain at 1-800-660-4287
  • SamTrans: Connects the Palo Alto train station (and the free Marguerite shuttle service) to all of San Mateo County (north of campus), including service to the San Francisco International Airport. For SamTrans information, visit
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency (VTA): Buses connect the Palo Alto train station (and the free Marguerite shuttle service) to Santa Clara County (south of campus). VTA also provides light rail service in the South Bay. All VTA buses have 2-bike front-mounted racks. For VTA information, visit