Take Transit to Maker Faire Bay Area at San Mateo County Event Center

Take Transit to Maker Faire Bay Area at San Mateo County Event Center


Crafters and tinkerers can rejoice as the 13th annual Maker Faire Bay Area returns to the San Mateo County Event Center. The event runs from Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20, and both SamTrans and Caltrain will provide multiple services to accommodate attendees.

This fun and educational event offers numerous exhibits, speakers, workshops and performances.  Attendees can learn about 3D printing, sound design, robotics, baking, brain-computer interfaces and the Nintendo Labo, as well as marvel at steampunk creations and tesla coils. 

The event center is within walking distance of the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. SamTrans’ Routes ECR and Route 292 have bus stops near the event center.

In addition, Maker Faire offers shuttle service from the Millbrae Transit Center. The shuttle will arrive on the east side of the center at Bus Bay 6, which will have an electronic sign reading “Maker Faire Shuttle”.

Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system: tickets aren’t sold onboard trains but can be purchased at ticket machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass or utilize the Caltrain Mobile ticketing app. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

For schedule and fare information for Caltrain and SamTrans, or for help planning your trip, call 1-800-660-4287 (TTY 650-508-6448) or visit or


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain enjoyed five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.

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