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Seminar Location: Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University

Wallenberg Hall, also known as Building 160, is located on the front of Stanford University's Main Quadrangle. Click here for maps of the Stanford campus.

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Airport Information

The San Francisco Bay Area is served by three major international airports: San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), and Oakland (OAK). Most major airlines fly into SFO, the area's primary airport. SJC is closer to Stanford by about 10 miles, but can get as busy as SFO as a hub of Silicon Valley traffic. We do not recommend that you fly into to OAK, as it located across the Bay from Stanford at least a 50-minute drive away.


Airport Transportation

All major car rental companies rent cars from the three airports. Call rental agencies for rates. Van services are less expensive alternatives to taxis.

Van Services
Here are two van services. There are several other operators available in the airport shuttle areas of SFO and SJC airports. Reservations are not required but recommended for transport from the airport to the Stanford area. However, reservations are required for return to the airport.

South & East Bay Airport Shuttle (SFO and SJC)
800.548.4664 or 408.559.9477
About $20 one-way to the Stanford area from either SFO or SJC. Please visit their website to reserve online for these 20 percent discounted fares. Pick-up is outside baggage claim.

Super Shuttle (SFO and SJC)
800.258.3826 (toll free), 415.558.8500 (SFO), or 650.558.8500 (SJC)
About $27.00 one-way. Pick-up is upstairs on departure level at marked locations. Runs 24-hours a day. Click here to read about how their reservation system works.

Taxi Service
You do not need a reservation for taxi service; taxis are abundant at the arrival area of the airport. If you would like to reserve a cab in advance, you may call 101 Limo and Taxi at 650.630.0890. Fares with cab companies can run from $60 to $75 from SFO and SJC to the Stanford area; ask the driver up front how much it will cost. To return to the airport, you must make a reservation at least a couple of hours in advance of your departure. All prices and schedules are subject to change; call for the latest pricing.

All prices and schedules are subject to change; call for the latest pricing.




Accommodations for Seminar Participants

Stanford Terrace Inn
531 Stanford Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Toll free: 800.729.0332
Local: 650.857.0333

We have secured a block rate for seminar participants at the Stanford Terrace Inn. To be reimbursed for hotel expenses, you must stay at this hotel. Please call the Stanford Terrace Inn before July 7th at 650.857.0333 to receive the block rate of $115 per night. Reserve your room using your credit card number. The block rate will be applied when you provide your name, which is registered with the "NSF Multitasking Group." The rate includes free parking in a secure, underground location, seminar shuttle, Internet, and continental breakfast.

The Stanford Terrace Inn is a 7-minute walk to Palo Alto's California Avenue shops and restaurants. It is also a nice 25-minute walk to Wallenberg Hall through campus. See map at the top of this page to see the hotel's location in relation to campus.





Stanford Terrace Inn to/from Wallenberg Hall

Getting to the seminar
We have reserved a shuttle to take you from the Stanford Terrace Inn to Wallenberg Hall. Shuttles will leave from the hotel lobby at 8:00am, 8:15am, and 8:30am. Please arrive 5 minutes before departure time and note that the shuttle is a 7-passenger vehicle. The driving time is approximately 10 minutes.

After the seminar
You may call the hotel 650.857.0333, tell them you are at the Stanford Oval, and they will pick you up. Alternatively, you can take Stanford's free Marguerite Shuttle A or C Lines at the top of the Oval to Yale Street, which is one block from the hotel. Shuttles run every 10 ro 15 minutes along these lines during business hours. Check the Marguerite website for schedules.




Driving Directions to Wallenberg Hall

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Take U.S. 101 SOUTH (directions toward San Jose) and follow directions below.

From San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Take U.S. Highway 101 NORTH (directions toward San Francisco) and follow directions below.

From Highway 101 North & South
Take the Embarcadero Road exit west toward Stanford. At El Camino Real, Embarcadero turns into Galvez Street as it enters the university. Take Galvez until the 4-way stop, where you make a right onto Campus Drive. Continue on Campus Drive and turn left onto Palm Drive. Palm Drive ends at the Oval, where you can park in the metered spots. Wallenberg Hall is on the left side of the front of the Quad.

From Highway 280 North & South
Exit Sand Hill Road east toward Stanford. Continue east, turning right at the traffic light on Santa Cruz Avenue. Make an immediate left onto Junipero Serra Boulevard. Turn left at the first stoplight, Campus Drive West. Continue around Campus Drive West (past Medical Center) and turn right when you reach Palm Drive. Palm Drive ends at the Oval, where you can park in the metered spots. Wallenberg Hall is on the left side of the front of the Quad.

From El Camino Real
Exit El Camino Real at University Avenue. Turn toward the hills (away from the center of Palo Alto). As you enter Stanford, University Avenue becomes Palm Drive. Palm Drive ends at the Oval, where you can park in the metered spots. Wallenberg Hall is on the left side of the front of the Quad.

Or visit Google Maps to customize your driving directions.





Campus Parking

If parking on campus near Wallenberg Hall, please contact Gina Grimsby (missgina@stanford.edu) to request a day-use parking pass. We suggest that you park in the metered spots around the Oval, which is at the end of Palm Drive (see directions above). Drop a coin into your meter and you come up to Wallenberg Hall to pick up your parking pass from the seminar registration desk. The pass will save you from having to feed the meter all day. For more detailed information about visitor parking on campus, visit Stanford's Parking and Transportation Office.

If parking at the Stanford Terrace Inn, free parking is included with the room in a secure, underground location.




Assistance with Travel

Please contact Vanessa Vega at vvega500@stanford.edu if you need assistance arranging your visit to Stanford University, or have questions about NSF's travel guidelines.