I'm flying into San Francisco and need to get to a house near Stanford University. Anyone have good/bad/fun experiences they'd recommend? Besides walking.
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The cheapest public transit option that I can find seems to be SamTrans bus 398 or KX to any stop on El Camino Real, and then SamTrans bus ECR to Palo Alto, for a total of $4.50 ($2.25 for each bus).
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Now, depending on what you consider the best:
Fastest: taxi (unless you arrive in rush hour). Expect to pay $60-100.
Reasonably fast: shuttle. $29 on SuperShuttle.
If you have few bags:
Slow and not-so-cheap: BART + Caltrain + Stanford shuttle/walk. Around $10. Could be 1-2 hours, as BART and Caltrain are not time-synchronized. You'll need to buy separate tickets too. Note that on weekdays during the daytime you will have to take BART to San Bruno station, there change to another BART to Milbrae, and only there take Caltrain. Weekends and evenings BART from SFO goes directly to Milbrae.
Cheapest: SamTrans bus 292 to Burlingame (California Ave; ask about Burlingame Caltrain station if unsure), couple minute walk to Caltrain station, and Caltrain to Stanford. $6. Bus accepts cash only and gives no change; have coins.