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Mountain View Caltrain Station

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Old Mountain View, Mountain View
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  • Jennifer R.
    "If you take public transportation often, get a Clipper Card."(8 Tips)
    Justin C.
    "Especially around 8AM - due to the Baby Bullet."(3 Tips)
    Alex R.
    "Grab a iced coffee at Red Rocks and sit back for the next time."(2 Tips)
    Sky C.
    "Try new bike share"(10 Tips)
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  • Wil S.
    Wil StevensApril 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Taking your bike to work? It can get crowded! Know your schedules so you won't be late to work if you get booted from the first train because they cannot accept any more bikes! Source: I am a bike
  • Simon O.
    Simon OJuly 20, 2011
    While in principle the clipper card saves time, in practice it can be a pain -- esp at rush hour and with few validation stations, and if you need to tag-off before BART transfer at Millbrae.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MurphyAugust 26, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you have a two (or more) zone Caltrain pass, you can transfer for free to VTA, but you need to tag your clipper card every time you board.
  • Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 L.
    Kathy 👩🏻‍💻 LinAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    All of the the tech shuttles park at the north end of the parking lot in the little drop off circle.
  • Rom C.
    Rom ComOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure that you remember to tag on if using a Clipper card -- fines are steep, 250usd plus for not having a valid ticket whilst riding.
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If parking is all full, you may use the extension parking, drive east on villa and turn right after a couple of blocks.
  • Kat
    KatAugust 1, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Get here early on week days; parking becomes scarce in the afternoon
  • Rom C.
    Rom ComOctober 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Give yourself plenty of time, parking and getting to the train can take longer than you think.
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraAugust 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    if you take 7:57NB, and need parking, arrive before 7:50 am. Parking is difficult to find between 7:50 and 7:56am.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RJuly 12, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you take public transportation often, get a Clipper Card. It saves time and you won't have to spend time buying tickets every time.
  • Leilani C.
    Leilani CarraraAugust 9, 2011
    Bring a beer or two for the ride up to the ballpark, and get your supplies at Safeway to save a couple of bucks once there. Read more
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    When you're rushing to make the baby bullet and the doors close in your face, I'm here to cheer you up. Good music is like a natural endorphin booster!
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TaylorSeptember 11, 2012
    Get a car, increase your carbon footprint, and avoid riding in this flippin' sardine can!!
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RogersAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    your credit card will work if you guide the back of it into the slot, ticket machine san francisco side.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    It's a big parking lot. If you have one one come and get you, make sure you know where they are.
  • Annie S.
    Annie ShinJuly 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Know where to stand on the platform during rush hour so doors stop right next to you and you get first dibs on seats
  • Michael M.
    Michael M.July 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There are four clipper card readers on each side, but most people seem to use the ones closest to castro street
  • Robyn E.
    Robyn EckersleyJune 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're not on a bike PLEASE keep moving to the next cars!! First car is the bike car and it takes forever to get on waiting for passengers on foot to get on first.
  • Roberto K.
    Roberto KalafateMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you use Clipper card with monthly pass, and travel out of your monthly pass zones, you'll have to purchase a paper "zone upgrade" from the ticketing machine.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RodriguezSeptember 13, 2014
    Grab a iced coffee at Red Rocks and sit back for the next time.
  • Misha B.
    Misha BirmanAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Do not stand close to the end of platform as some trains do not stop at this station and go as fast as 80 mph.
  • Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth DJuly 25, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't keep chatting, shut up and take a break, it's been a long day, not just for you but other riders too.
  • keelyn n.
    keelyn noriMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    The parking lot is all one-way. If you are going against the arrows, that's why we're honking at you.
  • Harini S.
    Harini SaladiMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Good place to park if you want to check out Mountain View downtown.
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    One way to find a parking spot is to wait for passengers in south bound train who may have parked trains overnight.
  • Justin C.
    Justin CauchonSeptember 20, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Parking can be tough on weekday mornings. Especially around 8AM - due to the Baby Bullet.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    If you miss your train grab a coffee at Red Rock on Castro.
  • Cisco M.
    Cisco MarroquinDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here before 7:30 a.m. if you want parking for the day.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaJanuary 9, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    If you miss your train head over to Red Rock for coffee.
  • Amanda V.
    Amanda Van WestOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Bring decent headphones to actually be able to enjoy music over the train noises!
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RogersOctober 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Sometimes the CalTrain may not bother, so bring food&drinks for everyone :)
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperApril 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to tag on.
  • Meghana B.
    Meghana BendreMay 25, 2013
    The luggage racks are low on the train, watch your head!
  • Nhien L.
    Nhien LeJuly 23, 2011
    Get here @ least 30 mins before your train
  • Cisco M.
    Cisco MarroquinJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pay attention to what train you get on! Baby bullet trains make limited stops
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HaggertyJuly 29, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have a bike. You can tell if there is a 2nd bike car by the mirror which sticks out from the top left of the car near the engineer's window.
  • J R.
    J ReimersOctober 1, 2014
    Once a parking spot is paid for it lasts the the whole day...
  • Hope
    HopeNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For morning donuts and coffee, Cafe Maison has you covered.
  • Brisa C.
    Brisa CarterFebruary 13, 2010
    Make sure you check the schedule - train skips some stations depending on time of the day
  • Sky C.
    Sky CabOctober 7, 2013
    Try new bike share
  • Arman S.
    Arman SuleimenovNovember 1, 2011
    Have some cash or credit card as debit cards are not accepted when purchasing the tickets!
  • Frederic B.
    Frederic BarthelemyJuly 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    if you're on foot don't wait in line with the bikes / if you're biking, line up close to the front of the train. No cutting! Normally 15bikes should be able to get on north after 8
  • Peter E.
    Peter EscardóSeptember 28, 2015
    The service is great.
  • Pirkka A.
    Pirkka AunolaMay 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ticket automats don't work with foreign credit cards, don't even bother trying. Just have some cash.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SwichNovember 22, 2012
    Ticket machine does not even work with foreign credit cards. such a shame. be sure to have cash. even the French national train services work better
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsMarch 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great landscaping
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KemperJuly 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get them yo add some Clipper Card stations. Two is not enough!
  • Dan B.
    Dan BowenJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Nearest bathroom is Olympus Cafe
  • Govind K.
    Govind KabraSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Monthly parking is sold only upto 9th of the month.
  • Kar-Mun W.
    Kar-Mun WongJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Set auto-pay on your Clipper Card!
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