Transportation and Directions

Directions to Stanford Jazz Workshop

SJW summer programs are held in Braun Music Center near Tresidder Student Union on the Stanford University Campus. Stanford, California is about 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose. The campus is accessible from two major north-south highways (U.S. 101 and I-280) between San Francisco and San Jose.

Googling SJW: The directions given by Google and other online mapping sites may not take you to the correct location. We recommend you enter the following address into your map search window in order to get to the Tresidder Union Parking Lot, which is the parking lot closest to Braun: 459 Lagunita Dr. Tresidder Union, Stanford, CA 94305

Driving from 101:

Take the Embarcadero Road Exit and head west approximately three miles toward Stanford University. Cross El Camino Real to enter the Stanford campus. At this point, Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street. Continue to Campus Drive and turn left. Follow Campus Drive until Mayfield Avenue. Turn right onto Mayfield Avenue. At the next stop sign turn left and then make a quick right at the next stop sign into the Tresidder Student Union parking lot, which also serves Braun Music Center and Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

Driving from 280:

Take Exit 24 for Sand Hill Road. Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Sand Hill Road East. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Sand Hill Road. Go about 2 miles and turn right on Santa Cruz Ave. Take first left on Junipero Serra Blvd. At the second light turn left on Campus Drive East. At the next stop sign turn left on Mayfield Avenue. At the next stop sign turn left and then make a quick right at the next stop sign into the Tresidder Student Union parking lot, which serves Braun Music Center and Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

From the Airport:

Stanford Jazz Workshop does not arrange transportation for participants arriving or departing going to or coming from the airport. San Francisco International Airport ( and Mineta San Jose International Airport ( are equally convenient to the Stanford University campus; check their respective web sites or see “Ground Transportation from Airports” below for information about ground transportation.

On-Campus Parking

On-campus Parking:

Parking on Stanford University is free on weekends and after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. On weekdays, parking permits or hourly payment receipts are required for any parked vehicle. Paid hourly parking is available at several nearby lots. Please be aware that Stanford University strictly enforces their parking rules and their parking citations are expensive.

All paid parking on campus is free on Saturday and Sunday and after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Resident students who are minors will not be allowed to drive during the workshop.

There will be a new online parking pass system for 2020 and physical parking passes will no longer be valid or available for purchase. More information on permit parking for participants is forthcoming.

Click here for a parking map of the area.
Click here for a map of the Jazz Institute facilities.

Ground Transportation from Airports

Ground transportation from airports

In case of late arrival: If you will be a dorm resident and will be arriving after 11:30 a.m. or a commuter and arriving after 1:00 p.m. on Registration Day, please call our office at 650-736-0324 or e-mail us at [email protected] as far in advance as possible so we can make late arrival arrangements for you.

Participants arriving by air should fly into either the San Francisco (SFO) or San Jose (SJC) airport. Stanford Jazz Workshop cannot arrange transportation for participants arriving at or departing from local airports. The following services provide ground transportation:

Super Shuttle: 800-258-3826
Reservations are required. Runs 24 hours a day. 16 is the minimum age for unaccompanied minors. Policy strictly enforced. For fare and schedule updates, visit

Mosaic Global Transportation, a private car service: 800-398-7881 or 650-864-9701
A Mosaic driver will meet you at the baggage claim area.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Caltrain. Caltrain is a commuter railway that stops near the San Francisco airport (SFO) and the San Jose airport (SJC). It stops at the Palo Alto station, which is the nearest station to Stanford. For more information on Caltrain’s schedule, visit or call 800-660-4287.

To get to Caltrain from SFO, take the BART train from the airport to the Millbrae station, where you can catch Caltrain south to Palo Alto. Click here for information about the BART station at San Francisco airport, and click here for information on transferring to Cal Train at the Millbrae BART station.

To get to Caltrain from SJC, take the free Airport Flyer shuttle to the Santa Clara station, where you can catch Caltrain north to Palo Alto. Click here for more information about this connection.

From the Palo Alto Caltrain station on weekends, we recommend arranging for a taxi pickup in advance from Stanford Yellow Taxi Cab,

Buses. Stanford University is served by public transit agencies AC Transit, SamTrans, and Santa Clara VTA. Visit and use the 511TakeTransit Trip Planner for information on bus options and schedules.

Local Lodging

Local lodging

We recommend the following hotel partners, to participants, friends, and family members wishing to stay off-campus during SJW programs. Discounted rates are offered to patrons if you book through the in-house reservations department and mention the Stanford Jazz special rate. The best way to get in touch with them is to email them, but you can also call them using the following contact information.

The Westin Palo Alto:

675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 321-4422

[email protected]


Sheraton Palo Alto:
625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 328-2800

[email protected]


In addition, more options can be found through Stanford’s local lodging guide.

What’s Stanford Like?

What’s Stanford like?

The Stanford Visitor’s Guide provides an excellent virtual tour of the campus and surrounding area:

Activities in the area
World-class golf, tennis, and swimming facilities are available to adult participants over the age of 18.
Contact us at 650-736-0324 for details.

You can find out more information about activities around the Bay Area here: