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The Bay Area airports, San Francisco International (SFO) in particular, operate direct flights to and from most major airports around the world, as well as most major cities in the US. Coming from smaller European airports such as Geneva, some of the most likely hubs for a flight change are Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris and London. Although it is also possible to change at US hubs such as New York, Washington DC or Chicago, this is usually not as convenient as a long international leg directly into San Francisco. A hop within the US has the drawback that you must go through US immigration at the first US landing (port of entry), pick up your checked luggage to go through customs, then recheck the bags. The long US domestic legs also only offer very simple paid meals/snacks. International return flights to Europe from SFO tend to have many flight departures in the 2-8 pm time window daily. Besides your usual favorite online ticketing resources, sometimes the individual airline's own ticketing site offer competitively priced fares also. Adjusting departure dates between Saturday and Sunday can also sometimes make quite a difference.
From SLAC to SFO: The SLAC to SFO drive route also includes a convenient slip off from 380 just just before the airport to El Camino then along San Bruno Avenue where there are many gas stations for car refuel. You can simply continue on San Bruno Avenue to car rental return as shown. I280 traffic is normally quite good so that the 25min time estimate is OK for off peak hours. For rush hours you may need at least 45min to1 hour. However, you need to budget in time for rental car refuel, return and air-train to terminal etc.
Given the rather sparse public transportation near SLAC, we recommend renting a car as the best local transportation option, which will give you more flexibility, and sharing the rental car between a few people will make this even more cost-effective given the discount rates available to SLAC visitors (described below).
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is one of the major rental car companies with many outlets including all major airports (SFO rental car center has many rental vendors altogether in one central building nearby which is very conveniently reachable by air-train), which has significantly discounted rates for SLAC employees and visitors. To take advantage of this special deal you need to make your reservation through the SLAC corporate link for major Bay Area airports (should show a SLAC logo with text SLAC-OAK,SFO,SJC ONLY-CST PAY on top). The Enterprise membership login is optional which can be ignored. The weekly rate for a compact car should be around $220 total not including insurance. You should check your institutional travel rental insurance policy. If you have similar policy like Stanford covering both basic and collision damage waiver then you don't need any additional insurance. In case you do need adding insurance, you should ask at the rental desk at airport pickup. Sometimes Enterprise public site can also offer very competitve rates which can be even better than the SLAC rate so that it is worth checking that in any case.
In case you decided to get a rental car after you arrived at the Stanford area, there is also an Enterprise outlet located on campus (360 Oak Road, Stanford, CA 94305, (650) 833-8060) and offers a free pick-up service from the Stanford Guest House lobby. The reservation through SLAC special deal should use this link for Stanford local rental, which is at a still lower rate of $175/week without airport fees.
Other Ground Transportation:The shuttle system is probably the most popular means of transportation between SLAC/Stanford and airport for travellers, including many SLAC ATLAS people doing their regular travels to CERN, although it requires a simple reservation.
From San Francisco Airport:
From San Jose Airport:
Local Transportation around Stanford: