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SFO - San Jose using Caltrain

Hello Stefan,

My "expertise" regarding Caltrain relates to the year 2007. At that time I took a taxi from the hotel at Fishermans Wharf to the Caltrain station, and from there took a Caltrain to San Jose. The train consisted of two-story cars, on the upper floor the seats were on both sides of the car in a kind of gallery. It wasn't a high-tech train, a train attendant was on the train. California is funding the train, and given the tight financial position, I suppose not much has been modernized since then. I have described my experiences with public transport in California here.

On caltrain.com under Rider Information - Special Events - San Jose Sharks you can read that the last train from San Jose leaves San Jose at 10.30 p.m., on match days at the latest at 10.45 p.m. to San Francisco.

The "SAP Center" stadium is right next to Caltrain's San Jose Diridon Station. The best thing to do is to buy a Day Card for 4 zones so that you already have the ticket for the return journey.

On Google Maps you can use the "Calculate route" button to check the travel options, select: "With public transport". For the stadium you have to enter "HP Pavilion" (the previous name) at the moment. On the other line you choose the hotel.

Nothing stands in the way of the return journey by Caltrain and bus. You always have to pay the right amount on the bus, there is no change. The Caltrain station in San Francisco is not in the best area, so don't try to walk to the hotel from there at midnight. But I assume that you can find a taxi as an alternative without any problems.

Have fun

Walter