Directions

Stanford Center for Professional Development

Stanford University
496 Lomita Mall, Durand Building 3rd Floor
Stanford, CA 94305
Telephone: 650 204-3984
scpd-information@stanford.edu


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From Highway 101: Northbound | Southbound

From Highway 280: Northbound | Southbound

From El Camino Real: Northbound | Southbound


NOTE: Via Ortega Closed During Construction

If you get directions online, they may tell you to turn onto Via Ortega, which is now closed during construction of the new Chemical Engineering building. Instead, you should turn onto Panama St. which you will encounter before or after Via Ortega depending on your direction of travel. The directions below use Panama St.

Parking

Parking on campus is extremely limited. Some pay parking is available near the Stanford Center for Professional Development at Parking Structure 2 (see directions above), along Santa Teresa Street, and in the Tressider Union parking lot at Mayfield Avenue and Lagunita Drive.

For individuals attending a course or program on campus, please follow the instructions included in your welcome pack.

Parking costs $1.50-$2.00 per hour, or $16 for a whole day. Methods to pay vary by location, and include one or more of the following: 1) purchase a visitor parking permit from the machine which accepts coins, bills, or credit cards; 2) pay the parking meter which accepts coins only; or 3) pay online at http://www.parkmobile.com ($0.35 transaction fee). For details and locations, see the Visitor Parking page and Parking and Circulation map on the Stanford University Parking & Transportation Services Web site.

"A," "C," and "shared" resident/commuter lots are enforced Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meters are generally enforced 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise posted. You are free to park in these areas after enforcement hours. Please note that parking enforcement is extremely vigilant. The Stanford Center for Professional Development is not liable for any parking tickets incurred.

Parking Structure 2

Parking Structure 2 is located at the corner of Panama St. and Via Ortega. Enter from Panama St., as the entrance from Via Ortega may be blocked during construction. A limited number of visitor parking spaces ia available on the first floor. Parking costs 25 cents for 10 minutes, $12 for a whole day. Methods to pay: 1) purchase a visitor parking permit from the machine which accepts coins, bills, or credit cards; 2) pay the parking meter which accepts coins only; or 3) pay online at http://www.parkmobile.com ($0.35 transaction fee). All other parking requires an A or C parking permit. Parking is free after 4 pm.

Green Earth Sciences Building

Left photo: Parking Structure 2. Right photo: The Green Earth Sciences Building (left) and the back of the Durand Building (right), from Panama Mall

Walking Directions to the Durand Building and the Stanford Center for Professional Development

From Parking Structure 2, walk east 1/4 mi. along Panama St. The Green Earth Sciences building is located on the left, where Panama Street ends and Panama Mall begins. Just past the Green building is the Durand building, four stories high. Continue walking along the short side of Durand, then turn left and down the steps onto Lomita Mall to the middle of the long side, where the entrance and elevators are. Take the elevator to the third floor lobby and the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Transportation

Car Rental

Vehicle rental services are available at the San Francisco and San Jose airports as well as several locations in Palo Alto.

Public Transportation

Stanford University is well served by the Caltrain network. Use the Palo Alto stop, which is in Zone 3. From the Palo Alto Caltrain station, you can use the complimentary Marguerite shuttle, operated by Stanford University.

There are several taxi services in the area:

  • Yellow Cab - 877.589.8294
  • Taxi - 650.367.6666
  • Taxi - Palo Alto - 650.322.9999

Airports

The closest airports to Stanford are:

  • San Jose International Airport (SJC): approximately 17 miles
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO): approximately 20 miles
  • Oakland International Airport (OAK): approximately 30 miles

Lodging

There are several local hotels with rooms available at varying rates. Check with your hotel of choice whether a Stanford rate is available. This special discount must be specifically requested. Please note that you must be affiliated with Stanford during the dates of your visit to qualify for a Stanford rate. Attending a course at Stanford through the Stanford Center for Professional Development is classed as an affiliation.

Stanford University Lodging Guide

Dining

There are several places to dine on and around campus. View a list of campus eateries. Palo Alto offers a wide variety of places to eat and drink.

Bay Area Activities

Enjoy the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. These popular Web sites may help you plan your sight-seeing agenda.

Plan your trip door-to-door using 511 Trip Planner.

From Highway 101, Northbound

  1. Take exit #402/EMBARCADERO RD/OREGON EXPWY onto EMBARCADERO RD toward STANFORD UNIV/STANFORD UNIVERSITY/EMBARCADERO RD WEST - go 2.9 mi
  2. Cross El Camino Real onto GALVEZ ST on the Stanford campus
  3. Continue on GALVEZ ST - go 0.5 mi
  4. Turn Right on CAMPUS DR E - go 1.1 mi
  5. Turn Left on PANAMA ST - go 0.2 mi
  6. Just after the road curves to the left, turn left into PARKING STRUCTURE 2.

From Highway 101, Southbound

  1. Take exit #403/UNIVERSITY AVENUE - go 0.4 mi
  2. Bear Left on UNIVERSITY AVE - go 1.9 mi
  3. Continue on PALM DR - go 0.6 mi
  4. Turn Right on CAMPUS DR W - go 0.8 mi
  5. Turn Left on PANAMA ST - go 0.2 mi
  6. Just after the road curves to the left, turn left into PARKING STRUCTURE 2.

From Highway 280, Northbound

  1. Take the ALPINE ROAD/PORTOLA VALLEY exit onto ALPINE RD toward MENLO PARK/ATHERTON - go 1.4 mi
  2. Continue on SANTA CRUZ AVE - go 0.1 mi
  3. Turn Right on SAND HILL RD - go 0.6 mi
  4. Turn Right on STOCK FARM RD - go 0.4 mi
  5. Turn Left on CAMPUS DR W - go 0.2 mi
  6. Turn Right on PANAMA ST - go 0.2 mi
  7. Just after the road curves to the left, turn left into PARKING STRUCTURE 2.

From Highway 280, Southbound

  1. Take exit #24/SAND HILL RD onto SAND HILL RD toward SAND HILL ROAD EAST/MENLO PARK/PALO ALTO - go 2.8 mi
  2. Turn Right on STOCK FARM RD - go 0.4 mi
  3. Turn Left on CAMPUS DR W - go 0.2 mi
  4. Turn Right on PANAMA ST - go 0.2 mi
  5. Just after the road curves to the left, turn left into PARKING STRUCTURE 2.

From El Camino Real, Northbound

  1. Take ramp toward UNIVERSITY AVE/CALTRAIN STATION/STANFORD - go 0.2 mi
  2. Turn Left on PALM DR - go 0.6 mi
  3. Turn Right on CAMPUS DR W - go 0.8 mi
  4. Turn Left on PANAMA ST - go 0.2 mi
  5. Just after the road curves to the left, turn left into PARKING STRUCTURE 2.

From El Camino Real, Southbound

  1. Take ramp toward UNIVERSITY AVE/PALM DR - go 0.2 mi
  2. Bear Right on PALM DR - go 0.5 mi
  3. Turn Right on CAMPUS DR W - go 0.8 mi
  4. Turn Left on PANAMA ST - go 0.2 mi
  5. Just after the road curves to the left, turn left into PARKING STRUCTURE 2.