Getting Here
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Getting Here


Downtown San Mateo is pedestrian friendly and is easily accessible by car, train, bus and bike.


From local streets: From El Camino Real, turn east on any of the streets between Baldwin and 5th Avenues.
From the freeways: From the 101, exit at 3rd Avenue and head west just five blocks. Cross the railroad tracks and you have arrived.
From Interstate 280, take Route 92 East, then 101 North to 3rd Avenue.
By train: Caltrain runs frequent service to San Mateo Station, located on Transit Center Way between 1st Avenue and North B Street.
By Samtrans bus: Routes ECR, 250, 252, 292 and 295 serve Downtown San Mateo.
By bike: You’ll find bike racks at the Caltrain station, and on 3rd and 4th Avenues at both Ellsworth Avenue and B Street.

Downtown Parking – There are nearly 3000 public parking spaces in the downtown district. Check out our online Parking Guide to understand your options.


This color coded parking map – orange in the Downtown core and green along the perimeter – helps you determine the best place to park. You have options depending on the amount of time you need and the amount you want to pay.

Park in the Orange Area if you’re running a quick errand, need limited time, and don’t mind paying a little more for a centrally located spot. The higher price encourages turnover, making it easier for you and other customers to find a place to park.

Park in the Green Area if you’re staying several hours, or don’t mind a little walk. This perimeter area is a few steps from the Downtown core, it’s less expensive, and provides more options for all-day parking.