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Travel & Lodging

Visiting Stanford

Helpful information in planning your travel to Stanford University is provided below. Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.

General Information regarding Stanford University such as campus tours, transportation, maps, and directions to campus is provided by our Visitor Information Center. Disability access information and resources are provided by Stanford's Diversity and Access Office.

The COVID policy for campus visitors remains dynamic. Currently, testing and mask mandates have been lifted. However, visitors are advised that it is recommended to mask in shared indoor spaces. Check for the most current updates prior to your visit.

Airports

Three major airports serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including the two closest to Stanford's campus, San Francisco International (SFO) and San Jose Mineta International (SJC)Stanford is roughly equidistant from the San Francisco and San Jose airports. San Francisco is the largest of the two airports and offers the most airlines and flights. However, some visitors find that San Jose’s smaller size makes it a more convenient alternative, especially for domestic flights.

Lodging Guide

For the most up-to-date listings of lodging options near Stanford University, we recommend the following non-profit resources from the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau:

    Destination Palo Alto: Lodging
    Hotels in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley

Palo Alto is a very popular destination. We recommend booking as early as possible. Many of our local hotels offer Stanford visitor discounts. Be sure to ask when booking your reservation.