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Travel planning tips

  • Stanford is easily accessible from two international airports, San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC).
  • From SFO, one can combine a short BART train ride with a somewhat longer Caltrain ride to reach downtown Palo Alto, on the edge of campus. Here's a trip planner.
  • From SJC, one can combine a short VTA shuttle bus ride with a somewhat longer Caltrain ride to reach downtown Palo Alto, on the edge of campus. Here's a trip planner.
  • SuperShuttle serves both SFO and SJC with shared vans and private cars.
  • We recommend avoiding the third Bay Area airport, Oakland (OAK), as ground transportation from there is considerably less convenient.
  • For additional information, see Stanford's Maps and Directions site.

Hotels with special SALT rates

For these hotels, using the following links should ensure that you get our conference rate:

Other hotels

  • Stanford maintains a comprehensive list of hotels near the university.

Local travel to the conference site

  • The conference site is about a one-mile walk from the recommended hotels. If you stay in a downtown Palo Alto or Palo Alto Caltrain area hotel, most of the walk is down Palm Drive, which is very pleasant.
  • The Marguerite is Stanford's free public shuttle.
    • On weekdays, line P runs between the Palo Alto train station (an easy walk from the Cardinal Hotel) to the main entrance to the university (an easy walk to the conference venue). Buses run from 6:05am until 7:45pm, going every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes in the middle of the day.
    • Lines O and N run Friday evening from Tresidder Memorial Union around the periphery of campus, with stops at the Palo Alto train station and at Lytton Plaza in downtown Palo Alto (two blocks from the Cardinal Hotel). Each line runs every 40 minutes from shortly after 8pm until after 1am, offering alternative transportation back from the party.
    • On weekday mornings, line BOH stops on El Camino close to the Stanford Park Hotel and runs to the Medical Center, which is a short walk to the conference venue. Check the online schedule for bus times.


Parking on Stanford's campus can be challenging, but here are the options for attendees who plan to drive to the conference:

  • Park in the limited visitor parking areas near Tresidder Student Union or across from the art museum (see Stanford's parking information page), purchasing a permit from the nearby machines each day.
  • Purchase day-use permits from Stanford Transportation Services that allow you to park in the regular A (more expensive) or C (less expensive) lots. These can only be purchased in-person at Transportation Services.
  • Park for the day near one of our designated conference hotels (e.g., the Palo Alto Caltrain parking lot or one of the downtown Palo Alto municipal garages) and catch one of the buses described above.