Attendees should be able to travel to and from local airports and to all conference-related events using public transportation. If you are considering regional travel beyond the conference, you may want to rent a car. For perspective, the conference venues, accommodations, and airports are all annotated on this map:
The San Francisco Bay Area is served by three airports:
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO),
- Mineta San José International Airport (SJC)
- Oakland International Airport (OAK)
All three are connected to public transportation, though SFO and SJC are closer to Stanford University (OAK is on the other side of the San Francisco Bay).
Traveling between SFO and Palo Alto
Traveling between SJC and Palo Alto
Take the free VTA Airport Flyer shuttle to the Santa Clara Transit Center, then take Caltrain to the Palo Alto station. From there, you can walk or take Stanford University's free Marguerite Shuttle to get to local accommodations.
Traveling between OAK and Palo Alto
Traveling between Palo Alto and Stanford University
The Palo Alto Transit Center connects Caltrain to Stanford University's free Marguerite Shuttle. Alternatively, the heart of Stanford University is only a .4-mile/.6 km walk from the Palo Alto Transit Center.
Traveling between Palo Alto and Internet Archive
Due to the challenge in traveling to Internet Archive by public transportation, two 55-person buses have been chartered for Wednesday, 4/29. One bus will depart from the Stanford Guest House at 8:15a that day. It will continue onto the Palo Alto Transit Center.
Both buses will depart from the parking lot on the Alma Street side of the Palo Alto Transit Center at 8:30a and travel to Internet Archive. Please arrive no later than 8:15a; the buses can't stage and wait at this location, so we'll need to board and embark for Internet Archive immediately.
After the day's proceedings and the evening reception, both buses will follow the reverse route of the morning, departing Internet Archive at 7:30p.
Other regional public transportation
There are a handful of regional public transportation networks.
With the expectation that most attendees will stay at hotels close to Stanford University, the most relevant options are Caltrain, an above-ground train service which goes up and down the peninsula (including to San Francisco), and BART, a rail system serving the upper peninsula, downtown San Francisco, and the East Bay.
San Francisco is additionally served by Muni. Stanford University is located at the border between San Mateo and Santa Clara counties; these are served by SamTrans (to the north) and VTA (to the south), respectively.
Transit apps for your mobile device
Stanford University's Parking and Transportation Services office recommends Zoute for integrated, offline access to schedules for BART, Caltrain, Muni, SamTrans, VTA, and the Stanford Marguerite Shuttle. You can also find dedicated apps for most of these services through your device's app store. Be sure to confirm that they work offline if you don't anticipate having persistent internet access.
Rent a bike
At Stanford University, driving attendees are advised to purchase an event parking pass in advance, which is good for a full day of parking on the top floor of Parking Structure 5. Your pre-purchased parking pass will be distributed on Monday morning 8:30-11a at the parking site, and additional parking passes will be available for purchase for $4.25/day at the registration desk. For those who do not choose to order in advance, attendees can also purchase day visitor parking passes for $12/day on the lower levels of the same parking structure. Signs will be placed along the walking path from the parking area to guide you to the conference venue.