For those of you with cars, getting around Stanford is as fast as finding your car keys; for those of you who don't have a car, going shopping can mean balancing overflowing shopping bags in your bike baskets, figuring out the public transit systems in the area, or carpooling with a willing roommate or friend with a car. We also have several ZipCar locations on campus, including one right in Rains. Because Stanford is located on the edge of two counties, there are quite a few bus lines running near the university.
For getting around campus, to the Palo Alto and California Avenue train stations, and to downtown Menlo Park, the Marguerite shuttle is free and runs frequently from early morning until about 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick up a schedule in Tressider Union or at Transportation Programs.
For travel up and down El Camino, there's the 7F, a San Mateo Transit bus which runs up the peninsula toward San Francisco, and the 22, a Santa Clara County bus which runs from Menlo Park southeast towards San Jose.
To learn more about the safest and quickest way to get where you want to go via bike, bus, or train, see Stanford's Transportation page. Schedules are also available at Tressider.