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The closest major airport is San Jose Muni-Midpoint, located in San Jose, CA, at a distance of just 2 miles from the city center of Santa Clara, CA.
The public transportation service, in Santa Clara, is provided by ACE (Altamont Commuter Express), Amtrak, Caltrain and VTA bus and light rail system. ACE operates 4 morning and evening trains which provide travel service from Stockton to San Jose, with several stops in between, the Santa Clara stop being situated just a few blocks from the Santa Clara Convention Center and the Great America theme park.
The bus and the light rail services are offered by VTA (Valley Transportation Authority), which serves Santa Clara and the rest of Silicon Valley, running on a track in the middle of the existing streets of Santa Clara and San Jose, stopping in front of the Santa Clara Convention Center and Great America theme park, at the Great America Station. A good tip for future visitors would be that the #59 VTA bus stops right in front of the Convention Center, across the theme park.
A car is not considered to be a must-have while getting around in Santa Clara especially because there are plenty of public transportation options, which cover pretty much any area in the city, including several nearby destinations. You can also choose to get around by bike, if you plan to get a little exercise, while staying in Santa Clara, and even by foot, if you want to explore the city, and you don't have to travel far from your hotel.
Easy! Just follow the driving directions listed below!
From US Highway 101: Take the De La Cruz Boulevard/Santa Clara exit. Follow De La Cruz Boulevard towards El Camino Real (stay in the right lane). When De La Cruz Boulevard splits, follow the right split over the overpass. Turn right on Lafayette Street staying in the right turn lane. Turn right at El Camino Real. The main entrance to Santa Clara University will be on the right-hand side of the road.
From I-880: Take The Alameda exit. Travel north on The Alameda. The Alameda will become El Camino Real. The main entrance to Santa Clara University will be on the left-hand side of the road.
From I-280: Take Interstate 880 north toward Oakland. Exit at The Alameda. Turn left on The Alameda. The Alameda will become El Camino Real. The main entrance to Santa Clara University will be on the left-hand side of the road.
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