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Flying in


SanFran (SFO)

San Francisco International Airport is the largest in the area. It also seems to have the cheapest fares at the moment. It's about a 30 minute drive to Stanford. If you want to talk public transit, you'll have to take the BART to the Millbrae and transfer to the CalTrain. Then take the CalTrain to the Palo Alto / Stanford station.

Oakland (OAK)

If you want to fly JetBlue, you'll have to come in @ Oakland. From here you can take the BART to the rest of the bay.

Getting to Stanford: The best way to get to Stanford from OAK is to rent a car. If you're going to take public transportation, it will be ~1.5-3 hours.

  • Renting a car: If you're under 25, the cheapest car rentals @ OAK are going to be Enterprise (1-800-261-7331) or Fox(1-800-225-4369). The underage fee for both is an additional $20/day. There's a more exhaustive list here.
  • Still want to use public transit? You're going to have to take the AirBart to the BART Coliseum stop ($2). Then take the BART to the Millbrae and transfer to the CalTrain. Take the CalTrain to the Palo Alto / Stanford station. Hopefully someone can give you a ride from there to the Auditorium. If you're stuck @ the caltrain stop, call my cell - 703.725.6442. More info @ flyoakland.com --Sam Odio 20:04, 9 March 2007 (EST)

San Jose (SJC)

Probably the closest airport, about a 25 min drive to Stanford. I think it's also serviced by Caltrain - so it's pretty convenient if you don't have a car.


Anyone know of any good / cheap cab companies in the area?

  • The ride from any airport will run you at least $50-60. Cab companies out here are the most expensive I've seen anywhere in the world.

Renting a car

If you're under 24, your biggest problem is the underage fees, which are $20-$30 / day. Generally, I've found Enterprise to have the lowest fees for young drivers.

Public Transit


The BART subway system services the entire San Francisco metro area, but doesn't reach Stanford. It's probably the best way to get around the city, though.


If you're not planning on renting a car or driving, you're going to have to use the caltrain to get to Stanford.

Note, you're going to have to get a ticket before you board. I think most locations have ticket machines, but only the San Fran and San Jose stops are staffed ticket locations.

The CalTrain usually runs on schedule and drops off within reasonable walking distance of the auditorium. It usually takes at least 20 minutes to make the walk. You can also wait for the Marguerite, Stanford's Shuttle, which has a special Spring Break schedule on Saturday 24th.


You can also take bus 22, which runs along Camino Real about every 30 minutes and stops at the same location as CalTrain (the "Palo Alto Transit Center").

Ride Sharing

If you can offer a ride, or need a ride, list it here...

  • I'll be landing in San Francisco International airport at 7:30 am. Anyone interested in sharing a cab to Stanford? email: waleed_ka (at) hotmail.
  • If you need a ride from San Jose, email me at amitavab(at)gmail.com- Amit

Driving south

  • From Portland?
  • I'm driving from Hood River through Portland and have space for up to 2 more people if anyone needs a ride. I'm leaving Friday evening and planning on getting to San Fran in the morning, and then heading back north on Sunday. If you are interested send an email to moc.liamg@elletsetrebor.

Driving west

  • From Las Vegas?

Driving north

  • I might drive (definitely, now, unless someone wants to talk me out of it) from San Diego, but I'd need at least one other person, even if I'd be picking you up in LA, to make it worthwhile. (I'd be driving back Sunday afternoon, or possibly Monday). Email me at mooneer at gmail.com if you're interested in doing this. -Mooneer

Rented a Minivan

I just rented a Minivan - it fits up to 7 people. If you need transportation for the weekend, and are willing split the cost (~$225 + gas), add your name here & cell number.

If we get 7 people, it will probably end up costing around $40 / person or less. Think of it this way, it's cheaper than a cab / rental, more convenient than public transit, and you'll get a chance to meet other Startup School kids. --Sam Odio 03:17, 17 March 2007 (EDT)

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  3. Omar Bohsali 703.470.7012
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If you don't think you're going to need transportation around the whole weekend, but might need a couple rides, we'll be glad to try to hook you up! Call Sam (703.725.6442), and if the van has free space, we'll come get you.

This will roughly be the van's schedule (subject to change, depending on the whims of those who help pay):

  • Friday:
    • Get Van @ 10AM
    • Pick everyone up from SFO/SJC/OAK Airports
    • Drive to the startup school reception / dinner above
    • Drinks after
  • Saturday
    • Coffee @ 8AM
    • Startup School!
    • Go to SHDH after
    • Airport (for those leaving)
  • Sunday
    • Goodbye Breakfast / lunch?
    • Drive everyone to Airports
    • Drop of van @ 9:00PM

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