College & Pro Football Transit Guide

Super Bowl 50 fans go to waiting VTA light rail trains after the game has ended. Photo courtesy @spizarro on Twitter.
Super Bowl 50 fans go to waiting VTA light rail trains after the game has ended. Photo courtesy @spizarro.

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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.

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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.

Public Transit


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 (currently, Orange Line to Alum Rock) to Levi’s Stadium. Here’s how to make that transfer:

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.

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.

By Bicycle

Another way you can attend football games and other events at Levi’s Stadium is by bicycle.  FREE valet bicycle parking is available in Red Lot 1, where the San Tomas Aquino Creek trail intersects with Tasman Rd. near the stadium.  This map details specific bicycle trails leading to and from Levi’s Stadium.

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 for details and to make game-day arrangements.

Private Shuttle Buses

A private company called Pronto Shuttle (formerly known as GameDay Shuttle, and before that 49ers Experience) features express bus service from multiple pickup points throughout northern California to all 49ers home games at Levi’s Stadium. Here is a list of pickup and dropoff points with single-trip and season pass prices for these shuttle buses.

Live north of the Golden Gate Bridge? Another private shuttle bus service 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). Please pay full attention to this information when it is given!

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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.

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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 and Embarcardero Road 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 bowl game or the National Championship playoffs.

From San Francisco, the Peninsula, and San Jose

From San Francisco, the Peninsula, and San Jose, Caltrain has rail service to Stanford Cardinal home games via its special Stanford Stadium stop. The special stop is a 10-minute walk to and from Stanford Stadium, and is only open on game days and other events at Stanford Stadium.

Because the Stanford Stadium stop has no ticket machines available, please buy your tickets in advance at the Caltrain station you are boarding from.

As an alternate, and for those of you who use a Clipper Card to pay for your Caltrain ride, the Palo Alto Caltrain Station is about a 15-minute walk south to Stanford Stadium. Use that station to and from Stanford Stadium if you have a Clipper Card.

From Santa Clara County

From Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose, VTA’s 22 local and 522 Rapid buses stop within a 5-minute walk of Stanford Stadium, at El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road.

From San Mateo County

From San Mateo County, SamTrans buses like the ECR 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.

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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.

Eugene Bradley
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users

  2 comments for “College & Pro Football Transit Guide

  1. 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. 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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