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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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  • 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
  • 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!
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 14, 2014
    Catch a BoltBus straight to LA's Union Station. No ticket sales at boarding time, so buy your ticket online.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaAugust 12, 2014
    Get here with some time to spare. The schedule for trains is incredibly archaic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Steven L.
    Steven LewisJanuary 15, 2014
    Buy monthly parking at the SAP center. It's $5 more, but you're always guaranteed a spot.
  • 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.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LewisSeptember 16, 2013
    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
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 24, 2013
    Know the rules of the bike car. You can find them here. http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Bicycles/Bicycle_General_Info.html
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJuly 17, 2013
    The men's bathrooms are not very clean and I think there is a homeless person living in one of the stalls.
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RubinJuly 10, 2013
    There are outlets at all the tables on the second level of the train.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 6, 2013
    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.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 5, 2013
    No feet on the seats. Don't talk loud on your phone. Respect the space of others when you can. All will be happy!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezJune 4, 2013
    Get there early to buy the monthly parking permit. It's easy to spend 15 minutes walking back and forth after buying the permit.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SanchezMay 28, 2013
    $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.
  • 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!!
  • ben d.
    ben danielsApril 28, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • Shan V.
    Shan VossellerMarch 22, 2013
    One of the worst run stations in CA. Tons of signs but trains change tracks often & there is no announcement or electronic sign update.
  • Amy V.
    Amy VernonMarch 13, 2013
    Rains have cars specifically for those with bikes, those with disabilities & those with luggage. Bonus.
  • Sheila I.
    Sheila Ioris WellsDecember 5, 2012
    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..
  • William F.
    William FOctober 10, 2012
    If people or objects are blocking the tracks be prepared for a confusing time and possible wait for hours.
  • 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.
  • Rob R.
    Rob RodriguezSeptember 13, 2012
    AT&T 3G is spotty at best in area, be sure to coordinate your rides from the station before hand.
  • 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.
  • Casey S.
    Casey ShemMay 2, 2012
    Buy your all day parking at the kiosk inside where you buy train tickets.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MarksApril 23, 2012
    Don't assume you can nip into san jose for breakfast and get back in time for your train in 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CatlettApril 6, 2012
    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.
  • Asia W.
    Asia WilliamsDecember 1, 2011
    I would get here HELLA FUCKING EARLY. The trains are NEVER at the same track and they sure don't care if you get there 8:40 when your train is supposed to leave! And the conductors are rude as hell.
  • Ray T.
    Ray TypeNovember 29, 2011
    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.
  • 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
  • Felipe B.
    Felipe BuitragoOctober 26, 2011
    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.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CSeptember 23, 2011
    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.
  • Soul I.
    Soul IncredibleAugust 12, 2011
    if you catch the 5:45am north bound train DONT sit the bike car toward the front!! your nose will thank you for it.. !
  • Nichole M.
    Nichole ManzanillaJuly 30, 2011
    If you need a power outlet on the Caltrain, they can be found on the top single riders area, the 6th or 7th seat!
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DagdaganJuly 7, 2011
    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.
  • Toby M.
    Toby MorningMay 31, 2011
    They have a car specifically for travelers with luggage. Look for the green luggage label outside the car.
  • 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!
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesMarch 18, 2011
    As long as you don't piss off the conductors, alcohol consumption on the train isn't, strictly speaking, illegal.
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesMarch 9, 2011
    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.
  • Luis G.
    Luis GomezJanuary 22, 2011
    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. :)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Jared
    JaredSeptember 29, 2010
    If the ticket lines are long, use the machine at the end of the walkway under the tracks.
  • B Douglas
    B DouglasAugust 1, 2010
    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
  • Ed M.
    Ed MatlackApril 26, 2010
    Be sure to turn down headphones when you are waiting for train. Helps to hear for delay messages.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KingFebruary 19, 2010
    Signage sucks! 2 trains arrive at same time- one 10 mins early, one 10 mins late. Don't stop to ask conductor. Just pick one. Signed, the girl on the wrong train. Hers already left. From wrong track!
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