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San Jose Diridon Station

Train Station and Bus Station
Central San Jose, San Jose
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  • Joe C.
    "your Clipper Card on the machines here is an exercise in frustration"(5 Tips)
    Soul I.
    "5:45am north bound train DONT sit the bike car toward the front!!"(3 Tips)
    Peter M.
    "If you can time it, take the baby bullet."(3 Tips)
    Mark L.
    "street on top of the SAP center"(2 Tips)
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  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    $4 parking. Use atm's inside. Don't forget to remember your parking slot number. Clipper card holders: Remember to tag on and off or it could cost you a lot more.
    Upvoted Oct 19
  • Satchel B.
    Satchel BelanskyAugust 6, 2012
    There is a sign posted at the entrance to the tunnel that tells you what track your train will be on. On a rare occasion trains are diverged onto other tracks, so be alert for any announcements made.
  • Ricky O.
    Ricky ODecember 16, 2010
    The 7:45 baby bullet is the newer nicer train with tables & lots of power plug n's it's also maybe a min. faster oppose to the last baby bullet at 8:03. 7:45 stops n Mtn. View & 8:03 hits Sunnyvale
  • Mark L.
    Mark LewisSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Arriving after 8:00am will limit your parking options. Street parking is now same price as parking lot at $4.00 or you can park across the street on top of the SAP center for $3.00
  • Ranjeesh Y.
    Bolt has a restroom in the bus. Power outlets available. Catch the buses at their first stops to get a seat of choice or u will see people sleeping on two seats. Ok Recliner seats.
  • Denis L.
    Denis LamJanuary 1, 2011
    After LA, this station is the second busiest in CA and is listed on the Nat. Register of Historic places because of its historical and architectural significance. Restoration was completed in 1994.
  • ben d.
    ben danielsApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This station can be tricky to navigate - look for timetable signs as they will guide you to the correct track. Most weekday SF bound trains depart from tracks 2 and 3, weekends tracks 4 or 5.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Remember to get the number from your parking space if you are going to park in caltrain's parking lots. You need them when you pay for parking. You don't have to go back to your car.
  • they all call her a.
    Bring your rolling suitcase because the "subway" tunnels can get long when you have to switch tracks . . . Capital corridor rocks though!!
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesMarch 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    At the bottom of the ramp leading to the subway under the tracks is the board of trains, arrival/departure times, and track numbers. Grab yourself a timetable and there won't be any more confusion.
  • Nichole M.
    Nichole ManzanillaJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you need a power outlet on the Caltrain, they can be found on the top single riders area, the 6th or 7th seat!
  • Luis G.
    Luis GomezJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're not sure what track your train leaves from, it's best to ask the CalTrain employee inside the building and they'll direct you whenever they're available. :)
  • LIEN N.
    LIEN NMarch 23, 2011
    One of the most busiest stations in the Bay Area! Kudos to those who use public transportation and help lessen air pollution. High-five!
  • Pradosh N.
    Pradosh NandaJune 11, 2014
    If you arrived way too early to catch Megabus to LA which leaves at 12:35 pm... Come inside the station and have a snack. Pretty good popcorn and will save you from burning outside waiting for bus.
  • lauren s.
    lauren shortDecember 11, 2013
    Use the VTA ticket machines to add money to your clipper card and buy passes for the other transit agencies. The machines are faster and easier to use than ones in the train depot.
  • Sheila I.
    Sheila Ioris WellsDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    u never know which platform the train will stop. People are constantly lost asking each other information. The electronic signs are there to decorate the place and tell u what time and day it is..
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Know the rules of the bike car. You can find them here. http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Bicycles/Bicycle_General_Info.html
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJuly 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Figure out which track your train is leaving from. You don't wanna have to run down the ramp to go and catch your actual train as it's departing.
  • AJ O.
    AJ O'ConnellMarch 26, 2013
    Area around the station is a little shady, but not bad in the daytime. There are a lot of good places a few blocks away for a quick bite to eat or drink.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CatlettApril 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I have been taking the train every day for a year now and it's been late maybe 3 times..? Im guessing that the people complaining on here took it once and got unlucky.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongNovember 14, 2014
    Interchange station between Santa Clara VTA, Monterey Salinas Transit, Altamont Commuter Express, Amtrak Capitol Corridor and Highway 17. Attending San Jose State University? This is your station!
  • Paulina
    PaulinaAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here with some time to spare. The schedule for trains is incredibly archaic.
  • Amy V.
    Amy VernonMarch 13, 2013
    Rains have cars specifically for those with bikes, those with disabilities & those with luggage. Bonus.
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MasonApril 15, 2012
    Don't sit on the steps close to the tracks, even if they look warm, sunny and safe. You won't get run over, but you may get a talking-to from a conductor.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    No feet on the seats. Don't talk loud on your phone. Respect the space of others when you can. All will be happy!
  • Ray T.
    Ray TypeNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    From here, SJSU students can take the DASH to get to campus. Missed it, or DASH isn't running? Use your Eco Pass to take the 63.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Get there early to buy the monthly parking permit. It's easy to spend 15 minutes walking back and forth after buying the permit.
  • Casey S.
    Casey ShemMay 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy your all day parking at the kiosk inside where you buy train tickets.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksApril 23, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't assume you can nip into san jose for breakfast and get back in time for your train in 30 minutes.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RodriguezSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    AT&T 3G is spotty at best in area, be sure to coordinate your rides from the station before hand.
  • Soul I.
    Soul IncredibleAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    if you catch the 5:45am north bound train DONT sit the bike car toward the front!! your nose will thank you for it.. !
  • Steven L.
    Steven LewisJanuary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy monthly parking at the SAP center. It's $5 more, but you're always guaranteed a spot.
  • Toby M.
    Toby MorningMay 31, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    They have a car specifically for travelers with luggage. Look for the green luggage label outside the car.
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TaylorSeptember 18, 2012
    If you have any doubt I'd you are on the right train ASK someone, THEN GET A SECOND OPINION. OR YOU MAY END UP IN NEVER LAND.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The men's bathrooms are not very clean and I think there is a homeless person living in one of the stalls.
  • Barritz
    BarritzNovember 3, 2010
    Get here when you need to get here when you're going to the San Francisco Giants World Series 2010 champions parade! I'M JUST SAYING! Giants for life! TODAY IS HISTORY!
  • Luis David S.
    Luis David SantibañezDecember 28, 2015
    Cal train and Amtrak have routes to different parts of California. Cal train goes to SF and Amtrak goes to Sacramento. There are some that go down south
  • Dominic H.
    Dominic HardimanJune 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Use the snack bar, family owned for 50 years.
  • Sergio G.
    Sergio GuajardoJune 22, 2012
    So close and so good! My own little tradition- Poor House Bistro @ 91 South Autumn Street, San Jose, CA
  • William F.
    William FOctober 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If people or objects are blocking the tracks be prepared for a confusing time and possible wait for hours.
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Catch a BoltBus straight to LA's Union Station. No ticket sales at boarding time, so buy your ticket online.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    As long as you don't piss off the conductors, alcohol consumption on the train isn't, strictly speaking, illegal.
  • Anna S.
    Anna StassenAugust 1
    If you have a long wait, walk on over to the whole foods
  • Joe C.
    Joe CSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Yes, you are in Silicon Valley but the Diridon station is decidedly low tech. Track signage is awful, and the pickup/dropoff area is a joke, especially around commute hours.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Doors are locked early in morning. Go around back.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RubinJuly 10, 2013
    There are outlets at all the tables on the second level of the train.
  • B Douglas
    B DouglasAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The little cafe inside the station sells some pretty good burritos. Pay for your parking at the Caltrain machines in the back lobby of the station
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BuitragoOctober 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    if you do NOT have a bike please do NOT sit in the bike car. if you do you better sit right next to it because people will treat it like shit.
  • Henrik H.
    Henrik HodneJuly 22, 2013
    Train left on time, nice cars and station was easy to navigate.
  • Jason N.
    Jason NassiOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Hang out with me in the first car of NB319, Monday to Friday at 7:03am :)
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