San Jose Earthquakes

San Jose Earthquakes soccer pitch.
San Jose Earthquakes soccer pitch.

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Introduction

This public transit guide is being written as a public service for fans wishing to see San Jose Earthquakes soccer or other events at PayPal Park. The stadium is located at 1123 Coleman Avenue (between Newhall Dr. and Earthquakes Way) in San Jose, across the street from the airplane hangars of Mineta San Jose International Airport.

PayPal Park is directly served by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) 60 bus line. The 60 bus line serves these destinations:

  • Milpitas BART station
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport
  • Santa Clara Transit Center (for Caltrain, Capitol Corridor, ACE, and other VTA bus connections)
  • Valley Fair Mall
  • Downtown Campbell
  • Winchester light rail station

Per Google Maps, the stadium is about a 20 minute walk or 5-10 minute bicycle ride from Santa Clara Caltrain station. If you are using a wheelchair or other mobility device, double the walking time, or consider the 60 bus or VTA ACCESS Paratransit as alternatives.

Plan on arriving to Avaya Stadium at least 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff or event start time, in order to beat game-time traffic.

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Disclaimer

Note that this transit guide is NOT endorsed officially by the San Jose Earthquakes, Caltrain, VTA nor any agency in any way. As with all of our transit guides, it is written as a public service. In addition, we are not responsible for anything that occurs on VTA buses or trains, or on any public or private property as a result of use of this guide.

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Transit Directions

From San Francisco and the Peninsula

Take Caltrain from San Francisco and all points along the Peninsula to the Santa Clara stop and Transit Center.  Details on where the bus stops are at the Santa Clara Transit Center are in the map below.

After getting off Caltrain, walk to the right of the brown train shed (going to the rear of the train) onto Railroad Avenue for about 25 yards (towards bus stops 2 and 3 on the map) until you see a bus shelter. DO NOT CROSS RAILROAD AVENUE! At that bus shelter (near the corner of Railroad Avenue and Benton Street, take any Milpitas-bound 60 bus (northbound) to PayPal Park.

The 60 bus stop for PayPal Park is the last stop before the Airport terminals. The bus stop is right outside the stadium grounds, behind the scoreboard and bar at PayPal Park.

On the 60 bus, listen carefully to bus stop announcements while the bus is moving, Ring the bell by pulling the cord when you hear the stop for Coleman Ave. and Earthquakes Way/Newhall Drive.

Alternately, you can walk, use your wheelchair or other mobility device, or ride your bicycle via Brokaw Rd. and Coleman Ave. to PayPal Park. Per Google Maps, it’s about a 20 minute walk.

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From the West Valley (Campbell, Los Gatos)

From Winchester Blvd. or the Winchester light rail station, take any Milpitas-bound 60 bus (northbound) to the Coleman Rd. and Newhall Dr./Earthquakes Way bus stop.

VTA bus stop in front of PayPal park
VTA bus stop (on left) outside of PayPal Park.

The VTA bus stop is right outside the stadium grounds, behind the scoreboard and bar at PayPal Park. This is seen in the photo above.

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From the South (South San Jose, Morgan Hill, and Gilroy)

From South San Jose and points south, take any Baypointe-bound light rail train to the 1st/Santa Clara street light rail station in Downtown San Jose.  From there, walk across Santa Clara Street to the bus stop at the northeast corner of N. 1st and Santa Clara Street. There, transfer to a Palo Alto-bound 22 bus or 522 Rapid bus (westbound) bus to Santa Clara Caltrain Station/Transit Center. 

At the Santa Clara Caltrain Station/Transit Center, walk across the parking lot and across Ralroad Ave. to the bus stop for the 60 bus line. From there, take any Milpitas-bound 60 bus (northbound) to PayPal Park.

The 60 bus stop for PayPal Park is the last stop before the Airport terminals. The bus stop is right outside the stadium grounds, behind the scoreboard and bar at PayPal Park.

On the 60 bus, listen carefully to bus stop announcements while the bus is moving, Ring the bell by pulling the cord when you hear the stop for Coleman Ave. and Earthquakes Way/Newhall Drive.

Alternately, you can walk, use your wheelchair or other mobility device, or ride your bicycle via Brokaw Rd. and Coleman Ave. to PayPal Park. Per Google Maps, it’s about a 20 minute walk.

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From East San Jose

Take any Palo Alto-bound 22 bus or 522 Rapid (westbound) bus to Santa Clara Caltrain Station/Transit Center. From there, follow directions From the South… mentioned above to reach PayPal Park.

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Soccer fans waiting for a VTA bus to the soccer match.
Soccer fans waiting for a VTA bus to the soccer match.

From North San Jose

Take any Santa Teresa-bound (Southbound) or Winchester-bound VTA light rail train to the Metro/Airport light rail station.  Cross N. 1st St. to the VTA bus stop in front of the office building. There, ride any Winchester-bound 60 bus (southbound) to the very first stop after Mineta SJ International Airport.

PayPal Park is across Coleman Ave. from that bus stop. Cross Coleman Ave. at the crosswalks of either Newhall Rd. or Earthquakes Way to reach PayPal Park.

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From Milpitas and the East Bay

From Fremont, Oakland, or other East Bay cities BART serves, ride any Berryessa-bound BART train to Milpitas Transit Center.

From the Milpitas Transit Center, transfer to any Winchester-bound 60 bus (southbound), boarding at Bay 6. Ride the 60 bus to the very first stop after Mineta SJ International Airport. PayPal Park is across Coleman Ave. from that bus stop. Cross Coleman Ave. at the crosswalks of either Newhall Rd. or Earthquakes Way to reach PayPal Park.

Alternately, coming from Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, or other East Bay cities up to Sacramento? Take any San Jose-bound (westbound) Capitol Corridor Train and get off at Santa Clara Rail Station and Transit Center. Make sure to check the Capitol Corridor schedule first before using this option; otherwise consider using BART instead.

At Santa Clara Rail Station, follow directions From the South… to reach PayPal Park by VTA’s 60 bus, walking, biking, or other mobile means.

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“California Clasico” Matches At Stanford University

Around the Fourth of July holiday, the San Jose Earthquakes host the L.A. Galaxy in soccer action at Stanford Stadium. This game is part of the “California Clasico” rivalry between the two soccer teams. The halftime show features a salute to our Armed Forces. After the game ends, there is a fireworks show that usually starts around 10pm.

To support the special game, Caltrain has select trains stopping at the Stanford Stadium stop, a 5-10 minute walk from Stanford Stadium. Stanford Stadium is four blocks south of the Palo Alto Transit Center, and about 1/3 mile west of Caltrain’s “special event” Stanford Stadium stop. Several Caltrain runs will stop at the Stanford Stadium stop before and after the game.  Read the Caltrain events page for more information before and after the game.

At the Stanford Stadium stop, there is no Clipper Card reader nor ticket vending machine at either platform. If you don’t have a monthly Clipper Card set up for Caltrain, it is strongly advised to buy a Caltrain “day pass” where you board Caltrain for travel to and from the Stanford Stadium stop.

Also note that Stanford Stadium stop has no manual wheelchair lift as other stations do.  Make sure to ask the conductor for use of the on-board wheelchair lift when boarding or alighting Caltrain at the Stanford Stadium stop.

You can also get to Stanford Stadium by bus. VTA’s 22 bus line has two (2) stops near Stanford Stadium, at El Camino Real/Sam McDonald (south side of the stadium) and El Camino Real/Galvez (north side of the stadium). You can also take VTA’s 522 Rapid bus or SamTrans buses like the ECR bus line to the Palo Alto Transit Center/Caltrain Station, then walk about 1/2-mile south to Stanford Stadium.

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For More Information On Transit Service and Fares…

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Conclusion

Please contact us with any questions or comments on this or any of our other transit guides. Thank you and please ride safely.

  3 comments for “San Jose Earthquakes

    • VTA won’t have any more 231 bus service for Avaya Stadium events for the same reason there is no more special light rail train for Sharks home games – its “Special Events Policy.” Approved last June, the policy has VTA providing extra service, provided the Sharks and Earthquakes management reimburse VTA for the extra service costs beforehand.

      Read up on that “Special Events Policy” here…

      https://www.dropbox.com/s/lgm9cu8blw4hu5b/vta%20special%20event%20policy%20-%20june%202017.pdf?dl=0

      I’m working on a followup post and rider advisory on VTA’s “Special Events Policy” before the Earthquakes’ home opener Saturday evening. It will include information on who’s accountable at VTA for that policy.

      Eugene Bradley
      Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users

  1. Any announced plans on how the new San Jose Earthquake stadium will accomodate public transportation?

    Any chance of a game day Cal Train stop at the stadium?

    Does the San Jose Airport bus that links to CalTrain Santa Clara Station and the VTA Light Rail Stop on 1st Avenue be able to stop at the stadium for fans?

    For those fans that live in the neighborhood any chance of getting bike lane access? The Guadalupe Creek trail is close by that getting a spur would be great.

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