Getting to Maker Faire Maker Faire Bay Area 2014This year, we’ve taken your suggestions and made it easier than ever for you to travel to Maker Faire—traffic free! Come to Maker Faire by BART, Caltrain, bus, bike and car share. We added a new shuttle from Millbrae BART/Caltrain station! Free shuttles will run from Millbrae BART, Oracle Plaza, Crossroads Shopping Center and College of San Mateo. All of our shuttles to the Maker Faire are ADA accessible. And there is free monitored bike parking for 2,000 bikes! We’re eager to hear your unusual travel stories that might inspire future Maker Faire attendees. Don’t forget to take pictures!
GETTING TO MAKER FAIRE:
BART + Shuttle
Take BART to the Maker Faire! We have added a shuttle from the Millbrae BART station. Look for the shuttle to the Maker Faire at the bus bay #6 on the east side, closest to the station, next to the parking structure. Or take the many ECR buses offered by SamTrans southbound to 25th and walk 2 blocks east to the West Gate entrance.
- Millbrae BART Station
200 Rollins Road, Millbrae, CA 94030
Caltrain + Walk
Take Caltrain to the Hillsdale station. Cross the platform and go down the steps to the parking lot, on the east side. Walk left (north) along the fenced-off bike/pedestrian path, continuing north to the Event Center. It’s a 10-15 minute walk. You must have a ticket before you board the train, we recommend that you purchase a round-trip ticket at the station. For further information, fares and schedules visit: www.caltrain.com or call 1-800-660-4287.
SamTrans – Check for Saturday and Sunday schedules.
For fares see http://www.samtrans.com/fares/farechart.html
The Samtrans ECR bus is the lowest cost and most convenient way to the faire. And it drops you within three blocks walking distance of the west gate. Catch an ECR bus from anywhere on El Camino Real, including all the BART stops in San Mateo, to the 25th Ave stop in San Mateo. Walk east on 25th for two block. For the ECR route and schedule time see SamTrans ECR Route and Schedule.
To get to the ECR bus, or any public transit, from a transit hostile location, see our note on ridesharing below. Or try the park and ride lots near El Camino Real.
Route 292 bus from downtown (Mission Street) San Francisco is an 80-minute ride to the east side of the Faire. Schedule here: Route 292 Schedules and Maps.
The Route 250 bus from College of San Mateo is a 30 minute ride to El Camino Real and Hillsdale. From here you can walk about 20 minutes to the Faire on the trail that parallels the tracks http://g.co/maps/fpqga For the Route 250 schedule here: Route 250.
If you transfer to the ECR bus (mentioned above) note that in San Mateo you will have to pay again. For additional information, visit http://www.samtrans.com or call 1.800.660.4287.
For connections through other transit agencies like Amtrak see Transit Unlimited.
Bike Valet: Ride your bike and get free monitored bicycle parking at Maker Faire! The bike corral is located at the southwest corner of the faire on the west side of Delaware about 500 feet south of the intersection of 25th Ave. Bike valet hours are as follows:
Saturday May 17th 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 18th 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Make sure to buy your ticket online; and bring a print out with you for ease of entry in the South Lot Ticket Holder Only Entrance.
To ride from San Francisco: Try out the San Mateo County North-South Bicycle Route. This is a flat route, which closely follows the Caltrain route. It starts on Tunnel Avenue, then uses Bayshore Boulevard through Brisbane and then a series of different streets through South San Francisco to get to Delaware Street in San Mateo. Follow Delaware Street south to the Expo Center. It takes about 1.5 hours to ride this route at an easy pace.
Get a map of the route at http://bikesiliconvalley.org/files/nsroute/nsroutemap.pdf. NOTE: This is a schematic map to define the route; use it with a good local street map if you’re not familiar with this area.
Sixth Annual Dolores Park to Maker Faire Social Ride with Rock the Bike: Join the Saturday, May 17th social ride from Dolores Park in SF to Maker Faire. Organized by Rock The Bike, the same group that puts on the Pedal Powered Stage at the Faire, this is a great chance to leave the car behind and ride with other Faire goers, musicians, and volunteers. The ride is mostly flat, 21 miles long. Gather at Dolores Park’s 19th St. It starts at 8:30am. Riding by 9:15am! LINK COMING SOON!
Palo Alto to Maker Faire Social Ride: Meet in downtown Palo Alto at Lytton Plaza (University Ave & Emerson St), just two blocks from the Palo Alto Caltrain Station for a slow-pace bicycle ride to Maker Faire, just an 11-mile trip with no hills! Meet at 9:45 am – rolling at 10:00 am!
Palo Alto Social Bike Ride Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/285676828265568/
Rail + Bike
Use Caltrain and/or BART to cover most of the distance, and then bike the final leg.
Caltrain allows bikes on board. Take your bike on board Caltrain and get off at the Hillsdale station; then bike the short route. See the route here: http://g.co/maps/fpqga. Note that the route will be crowded with pedestrian, please ride safely.
BART allows bikes on board, however, not in the first car. Get off at the final Millbrae station; from there it’s a 5-mile (30-40 minute) ride to the San Mateo Expo Center. Exit on the west side of Millbrae station, onto California Avenue. Bike south on California. Get a map of the route at http://bikesiliconvalley.org/files/nsroute/nsroutemap.pdf
For more information on using your bike on Caltrain and BART go to: http://bikesmc.org/bikesontransitReleasedJuly2012.pdf
Maker Faire is very well attended! If you must travel by car, there are several options that can reduce your time in traffic around the Event Center. The area around the Faire is extremely congested, especially in the afternoon. Please be courteous when parking in the communities surrounding the Event Center. There is NO STREET PARKING OR EVENT ACCESS in the Fiesta Gardens neighborhood. It could take up-to one hour moving through event traffic, finding parking, and getting to the Faire.
To minimize traffic and use the optimal routes and exits, use:
- Twitter – http://twitter.com/fairetraffic
- 511 traffic phone service and http://511.org
- Radio traffic reports on KCBS 740 AM and FM 106.9, and KGO AM 810
- Real time peer to peer route updates http://www.waze.com/, http://glympse.com/
Share rides to the festivities! Travel together and save on gas, avoid traffic, share ideas, reduce your carbon footprint, and make new friends. Find friendly Maker Faire Bay Area attendees to share rides with. There are many popular services where you can register as a driver, or rider, to the Faire. Try RideJoy, Avego, SideCar, etc. Go to one of the sites and register your pick-up information for the event day then look for matching rides to the event or linkages to transit.
Another option is to look for a shared ride with Side Car who will let you share a paid ride with other patrons.
Park and Pedal
Maker Faire attendees coming on US Route 101 can park their vehicles for free at Oracle Plaza, 10 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City and 301 Island Parkway, Belmont CA 94002 Follow signage to the parking lot then pedal the rest of the way to Maker Faire. Download the bike route map: http://g.co/maps/pdgbd.
Take Uber to the Maker Faire!
Request a ride with the touch of a button.
Uber is is offering new users a free first ride (up to $25). Text MakerFaire25 to 827-222. Message and data rates apply.
You can also sign up at Uber.com and download the app for Android, Blackberry, or iPhone. Then sit back and enjoy the magic of Uber, everyone’s private driver. (Valid for new users only, TAXI excluded.)
Parking at Maker Faire
Subscribe to our twitter feed to be updated on availability of parking spaces at the lots around Maker Faire. Maker Faire is very well attended! The area around the Faire is extremely congested, especially in the afternoon. Please be courteous when parking in the communities surrounding the Event Center. There is NO STREET PARKING OR EVENT ACCESS in the Fiesta Gardens neighborhood. It could take up-to one hour moving through event traffic, finding parking, and getting to the Faire. We have free parking options that will cut your time in traffic by half through fast, free and convenient shuttles. Each parking lot offers either a pedestrian friendly walking route to the event center or a free shuttle.
Shuttles run continuously to/from the Faire starting at 9 am and ending one hour after the event closes.
Ample free parking at all parking lots.
Print a map of all the parking shuttles
NEW SHUTTLE: Millbrae BART Station (GREEN LINE)200 Rollins Road, Millbrae, CA 94030
College of San Mateo Parking Lot (PURPLE LINE)1700 West Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo
Follow the signs for the Purple Line shuttle which will pick up in front of Health and Wellness Center, Building 5.
Crossroads Parking Lot (BLUE LINE)1875 S. Grant St, San Mateo
Oracle Plaza (RED LINE)Oracle Plaza, 10 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City
301 Island Parkway, Belmont CA 94002
Shuttle buses will pick up at the central roundabout shown below.
TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE WITH A MOBILITY DISABILITY
ADA Alternative Transportation
Take Caltrain or BART to the faire! You can ride the free ADA shuttles from the Millbrae Station.
SamTrans offers paratransit service for those with disabilities that cannot independantly use regular service. Find out if the RediWheels service is for you by calling 650-508-6241 for a prearranged trip.
ADA by Car
ADA Accessible shuttles are available at the College of San Mateo and Crossroads parking lots. If you are driving to the faire, subscribe to our traffic twitter feed: http://twitter.com/fairetraffic
Maker Faire is very well attended! Disabled parking is available for $25 at the faire and fills up fast. Overflow disabled parking is available at the Crossroads parking lot and will also fill up. The area around the faire is extremely congested, especially in the afternoon. It could take up-to one hour moving through event traffic, finding parking, and getting to the faire. Disabled guests may be dropped off at the Guest Services tent at East 25th Ave. and South Delaware St. while your party parks the vehicle.
AT MAKER FAIRE
Limited wheelchair rentals are available for $10 – cash only – at the East and West gate Guest Services Centers. A valid photo ID is required for deposit. Availability is on a first-come first-served basis.