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San Jose Diridon Station

Train Station and Bus Station
Central San Jose, San Jose
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  • Nova S.
    "Adding clipper card add value machines in October 2011"(5 Tips)
    Soul I.
    "5:45am north bound train DONT sit the bike car toward the front!!"(3 Tips)
    Ricky O.
    "faster oppose to the last baby bullet at 8:03."(3 Tips)
    Steven L.
    "Buy monthly parking at 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. :)
  • 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..
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here with some time to spare. The schedule for trains is incredibly archaic.
  • 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 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.
  • Ray M.
    Ray MarinaNovember 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.
  • Amy V.
    Amy VernonMarch 13, 2013
    Rains have cars specifically for those with bikes, those with disabilities & those with luggage. Bonus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Luis David S.
    Luis David SantibañezDecember 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dominic H.
    Dominic HardimanJune 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Use the snack bar, family owned for 50 years.
  • 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.. !
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anna
    AnnaAugust 1, 2016
    If you have a long wait, walk on over to the whole foods
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RubinJuly 10, 2013
    There are outlets at all the tables on the second level of the train.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 5, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Doors are locked early in morning. Go around back.
  • 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.
  • Henrik H.
    Henrik HodneJuly 22, 2013
    Train left on time, nice cars and station was easy to navigate.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Popcorn is not bad. $1.50
  • 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.
  • Jared
    JaredSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If the ticket lines are long, use the machine at the end of the walkway under the tracks.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Smooth pathways make for easy sprinting to your train, especially with stilettos on. :P
  • Nate P.
    Nate PickslayNovember 25, 2011
    The bus is typically faster than the train, print your tickets at home and use the scan machine to avoid lines
  • 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 :)
  • 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
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle Else realtor®March 28, 2013
    Hang out at the station for a bit and watch the planes fly into San Jose International Airport.
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJuly 21, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    So thankful that these bullet trains have great air conditioning!
  • William B.
    William BlakeJanuary 11, 2015
    The best way to go to San Francisco!
  • 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.
  • Xavier D.
    Xavier DaoAugust 21, 2013
    The waiting room gets hot and muggy. Just wait outside where there is nice breeze.
  • Sheldon H.
    Sheldon HaynieJune 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Be prepared to have your scheduled train used to replace an earlier broken one.
  • Darcy B.
    Darcy BlackJune 7, 2013
    Cute little station!
  • John K.
    John KiddeJune 8, 2016
    End of the line. Easy transfer to the slow ass VTA too.
  • Sheldon H.
    Sheldon HaynieJanuary 7, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    On weekends drive down San Martin to taste wine. Or take #68 bus
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MowreyMarch 5
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop at Whole Foods before hand and snack your way somewhere on the train.
  • Lee E.
    Lee EDecember 2, 2011
    Drinking on the trains is allowed until 9pm. So drink before the game not after.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Get to the ramp fast
  • Karena H.
    Karena HMay 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    New track assignments so make sure you know where your train is.
  • Erik J.
    Erik JonesAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be afraid to ask questions this station is really confusing
  • Peter M.
    Peter MontoyaMay 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can time it, take the baby bullet. Faster.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SolisJanuary 15, 2014
    Make sure you're on the right track!
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnApril 30
    California Shuttle Bus stop
  • Joe C.
    Joe CMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Loading your Clipper Card on the machines here is an exercise in frustration
  • Nova S.
    Nova ShepherdOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Adding clipper card add value machines in October 2011
  • Sibley S.
    Sibley SimonApril 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Only $1.25 for good popcorn - it's the secret deal on a perfect snack!
  • Shan V.
    Shan VossellerMarch 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    One of the worst run stations in CA. Tons of signs but trains change tracks often & there is no announcement or electronic sign update.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Pick up area. Please don't park here
  • Shauna
    ShaunaSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Remember, you can't load your clipper card here.
  • Brian S.
    Brian SAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The Caltrain lots fill up before 8am
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithMarch 27, 2015
    No Wi-Fi & it gets crowded
  • Glenn G.
    Glenn GNovember 9, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't be 'the guy' who talks on the phone on the train! No one around you wants to listen to your convo.
  • Greg C.
    Greg ChavarriaNovember 24, 2012
    Found popcorn Cool
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Parking instructions
  • Chris E.
    Chris EnglishJanuary 11, 2013
    Little newsstand sells some food. They close at 8pm today, apparently. I've never seen them open before.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SenaMay 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a free long term parking pass from the ticketing desk.
  • katherine c.
    katherine claireJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    When there is Tule Fog.... the ACE Train is a godsend
  • Nabeel
    NabeelJuly 1, 2011
    Go to Santa Clara train station and check out the toy train working display
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 31, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    I didn't know you could drink beer on the train?
  • Howard H.
    Great place to cruise hot guys!
  • Mark L.
    Mark LewisAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Street parking is only $2.00/day.
  • James F.
    James FieldMarch 7, 2013
    Wifi on the VTA is free but flaky
  • Amanda Panda
    Amanda PandaJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Staff here isn't very good at making general announcements when trains are delayed.
  • Dave D.
    Dave DashMay 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The underground tunnel smells like pee near the vta
  • B Douglas
    B DouglasAugust 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The little cafe inside the station sells some pretty good burritos
  • Cherrie C.
    Cherrie CJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Finding parking after 8am is a near impossible feat.
  • David S.
    David SalazarFebruary 14, 2015
    Easy walk to SAP arena
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezApril 28, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't forget to Tag Off!
  • Shauna
    ShaunaMay 18, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The new Clipper add fare machines are SUPER slow.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CastroJanuary 15, 2011
    great way to miss traffic and watch a Sharks game!
  • Tim E.
    Tim ErbilOctober 25, 2010
    Be sure to make it to the train about 5 minutes early.
  • Ed M.
    Ed MatlackApril 26, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Be sure to turn down headphones when you are waiting for train. Helps to hear for delay messages.
  • Junko Y.
    Junko YoshidaFebruary 27, 2013
    All southbound trains depart from track 6
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