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Destination guides > North America > USA > West Coast > California > San Jose & Silicon Valley > Local transport

San Jose & Silicon Valley

Local transport

San Jose and the Silicon Valley have a good public transport system that is comprised of buses, light rail and suburban trains.


The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority runs bus and light rail services in the Valley. There are three light rail lines that run through downtown San Jose plus Santa Clara and parts of Sunnyvale. Buses serve virtually everywhere else in Silicon Valley that is worth visiting.


The standard one-way fare is $2 for a ride on buses and light rail. A day pass for travel on buses and light rail costs $6 and an eight-hour pass valid on light rail only costs $4.


Silicon Valley is served by two suburban train networks; Caltrain and ACE (Altamont Commuter Express).


ACE runs between San Jose and Stockton, with connections to San Francisco's BART trains at Pleasanton. ACE stations in Silicon Valley are in San Jose, Santa Clara and Great America. The fare between San Jose and Great America is $3.50.


Caltrain is a much more useful service than ACE and most travellers find this the easiest way to travel between San Francisco and the cities in Silicon Valley. Caltrain trains run between San Francisco and San Jose stopping at most places in the Valley with stations in Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Stanford, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. One-way tickets start at $2.50 and go up to $7.75 for the journey between San Francisco and San Jose. A day pass valid for one zone is $5 and a four-zone day pass - handy for a day trip from San Francisco - costs $15.50.


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