Getting to Maker Faire
Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

It is the 10th Annual Maker Faire! Come to Maker Faire by BART, Caltrain, bus, bike and car share. Free shuttles will run from Millbrae BART, Oracle Plaza, Crossroads Shopping Center and College of San Mateo. All of the shuttles to Maker Faire are ADA accessible. And there is free monitored bike parking for 2,000 bikes!

NO ON SITE PARKING at San Mateo Event Center. Please plan accordingly. Download the Parking and Shuttle Map of all the parking locations and shuttle information.

EVENT DETAILS:

Saturday May 16th 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17th 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

EVENT LOCATION:

San Mateo County Event Center 1346 Saratoga Dr. San Mateo, CA 94403

GETTING TO MAKER FAIRE:

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

BY BICYCLE

BY CAR

PARKING LOTS

TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE WITH A MOBILITY DISABILITY

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

BART + Shuttle

Take BART to the Maker Faire! Look for the free shuttle to 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.

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 Caltrain 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 to the 25th Ave stop in San Mateo. Walk east on 25th for two blocks. 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.

Transit

For connections through other transit agencies like Amtrak, see Transit Unlimited.

BY BICYCLE


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 east side of Delaware about 500 feet south of the intersection of 25th Ave. Patch kits & assistance, and a water supply are available to bicyclists using the bike valet.

Bike valet hours are as follows:

Saturday May 16th 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17th 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.

Seventh Annual Dolores Park to Maker Faire Social Ride with Rock the Bike: Join the Saturday, May 16th 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 9:00am!


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: the route will be crowded with pedestrians, 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 Event 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

BY CAR

NO ON SITE PARKING at San Mateo Event Center. Please plan accordingly. 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:

Rideshare

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.

Some like ridejoy are web based while others like Avego are smart phone enabled.

Another option is to look for a shared ride with Side Car who will let you share a paid ride with other patrons.

UBER: Take Uber to the Faire and have them drop you off at the South or West Entrance on Delaware Street.

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. 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.

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.

PARKING LOTS:

Shuttles run in a continuous loop to/from the Faire starting at 9 am and ending one hour after the event closes. Shuttle pick up/drop off times are subject to delays due to traffic congestion in the area.
Ample free parking at all parking lots.
Download the Parking and Shuttle Map of all the parking locations and shuttle information.


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 independently 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 all four parking lots. Parking in the off-site lots and taking the ADA shuttle is preferred. There is also an ADA drop off zone on South Delaware Street near the 25th Street entrance. Maker Faire is very well attended! The area around the faire is extremely congested, especially in the afternoon. Please allow extra time to reach the Event Center to drop off your guest, return to the parking lot and take the shuttle.

If you are driving to the faire, subscribe to our traffic twitter feed: http://twitter.com/fairetraffic

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.