College and Pro Football Transit Guide

Background

This guide is created for college and pro football fans in Silicon Valley who want to go to these games without the high cost of driving and gridlock.  This guide is created by the Silicon Valley Transit Users, a grassroots group of citizens concerned about mass transit in Silicon Valley.  We are not affiliated with any public transit agency, university, private group or professional football organization mentioned in this guide.

Also, we are not responsible for damage to personal property at the event or on any public transit vehicle as a result of this guide.

Cal Bears

View the Cal Bears’ current home football schedule.

For games with times to be announced (TBA), kickoff times will be announced 6-12 days in advance, to allow for additional regional or national television coverage.

Cal Bears fans in Silicon Valley can ride VTA’s 181 express bus from downtown San Jose or the Great Mall in Milpitas to the Fremont BART station. At Fremont BART station, transfer to any Richmond-bound train and get off at downtown Berkeley. At the Berkeley BART station, walk about half an hour east to Memorial Stadium.

Another option for Cal Bears football fans in Silicon Valley: ride Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor train from San Jose Diridon Station, Santa Clara or Great America stops to Richmond. There, transfer to any Fremont or San Francisco-bound train to downtown Berkeley, then walk or take a game-day shuttle bus to Memorial Stadium. Here’s more information

Oakland Raiders

View the Oakland Raiders’ current home game schedule at O.co Coliseum.

O.co Coliseum is accessible from Silicon Valley & San Jose via BART and the Capitol Corridor.

Via BART From Fremont

From the Fremont BART station (accessible via VTA’s 181 express bus line from San Jose or Milpitas), take any northbound (Richmond) train to the Coliseum station.  The O.Co Coliseum will be visible from the BART platform.

Via Capitol Corridor from San Jose

Alternately, from San Jose Diridon Station or Great America in Santa Clara, take any Sacramento (northbound) Capitol Corridor train and get off at the Oakland Coliseum/BART station.  The O.co Coliseum will be visible from the platform, on the other (west) end of the tracks.

If you’re taking the Capitol Corridor from San Jose to the Raiders game, make sure to buy your round-trip ticket at the station or from one of the blue Amtrak vending machines. Otherwise, you will pay significantly more for buying your ticket on the train. This tip also goes for riding the Capitol Corridor from the Great America station in Santa Clara. If you find the ticket machine at Great America is broken, let the conductor know before you board, so you don’t pay the significantly higher fare for buying the ticket onboard.

Discount ticket prices are available for those of you purchasing Capitol Corridor tickets in advance to Raiders home games.

Home game start times in late November and early December may change if the Raiders are in playoff contention, to allow for additional television network coverage.

San Francisco 49ers

View the San Francisco 49ers’ current home game schedule. Take special note of all Levi’s Stadium security policies – in particular their bag policy.

From San Jose, Silicon Valley, and points elsewhere, there are several options to access San Francisco 49ers home games at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

Private Shuttle Buses

A private company called GameDay Shuttle (formerly known as 49ers Experience) features express bus service from multiple pickup points in San Jose, Silicon Valley and even San Francisco to all 49ers home games at Levi’s Stadium. Here is a list of pickup and dropoff points for these shuttle buses along with single-trip and season pass prices. Also, here is more information on available shuttle bus plus game-day ticket packages thru GameDay Shuttle.

Live north of the Golden Gate Bridge? Another private shuttle bus service run by California Wine Tours takes 49ers fans in Marin County and Sonoma County to and from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Check out their game day bus schedule, bus pickup and dropoff points, and fares for individual games and season passes.

Make sure you time any local bus and/or light rail connection(s) so that you meet these express buses in time or you will be stranded!

Upon arriving at Levi’s Stadium via any of these private express buses, the bus driver will give you full details on where and when to meet the returning bus(es). Make sure to pay full attention to this information when it is given!

Public Transit

Caltrain

Taking a bus or train to and from Levi’s Stadium from the Peninsula, San Francisco or the South Bay? Mountain View serves as the unofficial transit gateway to Levi’s Stadium. On any 49ers game day, take Caltrain from San Francisco or the Peninsula to Mountain View.

Before boarding Caltrain, purchase a joint Caltain/VTA day pass for an additional $6.00 at any ticket vending machine on all Caltrain station platforms.

In Mountain View, transfer to a VTA light rail train or direct express bus to Levi’s Stadium. Additional information on special VTA local and express buses, and light rail to and from Levi’s Stadium, follows.

VTA Buses and Light Rail

For 49ers games and other events at Levi’s Stadium, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will have additional light rail, express bus, and supplemental light rail shuttle bus service available.  game-day direct express bus service from areas like from Eastridge Mall in San Jose, Vallco Mall in Cupertino, and Gilroy. Local bus, light rail, and express bus fares will still apply.

The map below from VTA shows all bus and rail pick-up and drop-off points for game-day and special event service at Levi’s Stadium.

Bus and rail boarding area around Levi's Stadium. (Courtesy VTA)

Bus and rail boarding area around Levi’s Stadium. (Courtesy VTA)

TIP: Look for VTA personnel in yellow vests at key bus stops and rail stations. These personnel will help you use the system to get to and from Levi’s Stadium.

TIP: Look for direct express bus service from major VTA light rail stations like Mountain View, Tasman or Ohlone-Chynoweth stations. These express buses skip all light rail stops and go directly to and from Levi’s Stadium on 49ers game days.

Plan on arriving at Levi’s Stadium at least two (2) hours before football kickoff or the start of a special event at Levi’s Stadium. This lets you beat traffic gridlock and allows time for you to get concessions and then your stadium seat(s).

Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Capitol Corridor

For riders of ACE and Capitol Corridor, Levi’s Stadium is a 5-minute walk from the Great America rail station. The nearest stadium entrance for this rail station is Toyota Gate F.

ACE will have one (1) train between Stockton, Livermore and Fremont to and from Levi’s Stadium on 49ers game days.  Be advised: this train will leave Great America at the printed time, regardless of 49er game delays or the game entering overtime. Read this document from ACE on additional game-day travel information and tips.

Capitol Corridor trains from Fremont, Oakland, Richmond, Davis, Sacramento and Auburn serve Levi’s Stadium at the Great America stop. Visit their web site to obtain a schedule and special code for 25% off travel to and from Levi’s Stadium on game day.

Elderly and Disabled Access

For access to and from Levi’s Stadium from nearby parking lots, nearby bus stops or nearby rail platforms, the 49ers have a mobility assistance team to help elderly or disabled fans. Call (408)579-4610 or email mobilityservices@LevisStadium.com for details and to make game-day arrangements.

San Jose State Spartans

View the current San Jose State Spartans home football schedule.

The Spartans play their home games at CEFCU Stadium at 1257 S. 10th Street in San Jose. Cross streets where the stadium is located are E. Alma Ave. and S. 7th Streets.

VTA’s 25 and 73 bus lines stop within a 5 minute walk of Spartan Stadium for all football home games this season. Both bus lines connect with VTA light rail at the Tamien and Santa Clara stations respectively.

Spartan Stadium is also two blocks east of Monterey Highway. Take VTA’s 66 or 68 bus lines to Monterey Highway and Alma, then walk two blocks east to Spartan Stadium.

As Spartan Stadium is a short block west of San Jose Municipal Stadium and Sharks Ice at San Jose, our transit guide to Municipal Stadium can be used to take you to and from Spartan football this season.

Stanford Cardinal

The current Stanford Cardinal football schedule can be viewed at their site.

Stanford Stadium is located on El Camino Real at Galvez Street in Palo Alto, California:

Stanford Cardinal home football game times are subject to change, to allow for regional or national television coverage. This will be particularly the case if Stanford is in contention to qualify for a BCS Bowl or the BCS National Championship Game.

Caltrain has service to Stanford Cardinal home games via its special Stanford Stadium stop – a 10-minute walk to Stanford Stadium. Also, the Palo Alto Caltrain Station is about a 15-minute walk south to Stanford Stadium, off El Camino Real & Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto.

VTA’s 22, 35, and 522 Rapid buses (in addition to SamTrans buses) end at the Palo Alto Caltrain Station – only a 15 minute walk south to Stanford Stadium off El Camino Real & Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto.

Two (2) hours before and after Stanford Cardinal football games, VTA will detour the 22 and 522 Rapid bus lines from El Camino Real via Alma Street between Page Mill Rd. and the Palo Alto Caltrain Station (NON-STOP) in both directions. This is to ensure these bus lines avoid traffic and delays from fans entering and leaving the football game. VTA will run separate local bus service between Page Mill Road and the Palo Alto Caltrain station both ways during the reroute, to ensure fans can access regular 22 & 522 Rapid bus service before and after the football game.  This will be done for all Stanford Cardinal football home games.

Epilogue

We hope you enjoyed this transit guide.  Want additional information on bus and train options to football games at other colleges in Silicon Valley? Please let us know.

  2 comments for “College and Pro Football Transit Guide

  1. January 20, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I need to get to Levi’s stadium in a few weeks, but I’ve never actually been there before. I’m glad that I read this, as the VTA express bus would sure make things a lot easier for me so that I wouldn’t have to drive myself. Thanks for sharing this video with me, as this has definitely help me out!

  2. Sean
    October 24, 2015 at 7:01 am

    I often ride transit to Stanford games in Palo Alto from Sacramento. I’ve now taken three different routes to get there. Cap Corridor to Emeryville Amtrak bus transfer to Cal Train; Cap Corridor to Richmond BART to Caltrain at Menlo Park; and Cap Corridor to Levi’s Stadium stop to Cal Train north to Palo Alto. is there a better way? Of these what is your suggested route?

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