Stanford is located between San Francisco and San Jose and can be easily reached by car or public transport.


Although we can’t arrange lodging for parents, nearby Palo Alto and Menlo Park offer many places to stay—across a range of styles and prices.


San Francisco International (SFO) is approximately 25 miles north and San Jose International (SJC) is approximately 20 miles south of Stanford. Both airports offer public transport, shuttle and hire car options that will get you here.

Oakland International (OAK) is also an option, but is further from campus.


The San Francisco Bay Area’s Caltrain connects San Francisco and San Jose (including both airports) with a stop in Palo Alto. Attendees using Caltrain should get off at the Palo Alto station.

Caltrain Schedule and Information

Stanford’s free shuttle service, the Marguerite, meets most Caltrain services at the Palo Alto station and can take you to many popular destinations on campus—including the Alumni Center where Admit Weekend Check-In is located.

Marguerite Shuttle System Map


From San Francisco

By car, Stanford is approximately 1 hour from downtown San Francisco. You can take 101 South (shorter, but often busier) and 280 South.

Driving Directions from SFO

From San Jose

By car, Stanford is approximately 40 minutes from downtown San Jose. You can take the 101 North (shorter but often busier) or the 280 North.

Driving Directions from SJC


For the duration of Admit Weekend, parents are welcome to park free of charge in Galvez Lot, adjacent to the Arrillaga Alumni Center.

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For three days every April, parents and admitted students converge on Stanford’s campus from all corners of the world.