Ride Caltrain to the 41st Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival


This weekend the 41st Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will welcome foodies from near and far, many of whom can get there aboard Caltrain’s Garlic Train.

On Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28, this specially chartered train will provide nonstop, roundtrip service between the San Jose Diridon Station and Gilroy Station in addition to a bus shuttle from the station to the festival without the hassle of driving and parking.

Garlic Train Service Schedule, July 27-28:

10:00 a.m. – Garlic Train departs San Jose Diridon Station
11:00 a.m. – Garlic Train arrives at Gilroy Station; connect to bus shuttle for service to festival grounds
3:00 p.m. – Bus shuttles begin return trips from festival grounds to Gilroy Station
4:00 p.m. – Garlic Train departs Gilroy Station
5:00 p.m. – Garlic Train arrives at San Jose Diridon Station

Tickets & Connecting Service:

This year, tickets for the Garlic Train include fare for connecting Caltrain service to/from San Jose Diridon Station aboard trains #422, #435 or #803 and bus shuttle service between Gilroy Station and the festival grounds. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com prior to boarding.

The Garlic Train is scheduled such that riders wishing to take Caltrain’s weekend service from as far north as San Francisco can connect with the Garlic Train at San Jose Diridon Station.

Connecting passengers should take Caltrain’s southbound train #422 to San Jose Diridon Station, which arrives at 9:52 a.m., and transfer to the Garlic Train.

For the return trip following the Garlic Train’s arrival at San Jose Diridon station at 5:00 p.m. passengers can transfer to Caltrain’s northbound Baby Bullet train #803 departing at 5:21 p.m. or the northbound local train #435 departing at 5:38 p.m.

South Bay residents can get to/from San Jose Diridon via local VTA light rail or bus service.

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 more information about Caltrain schedules and fares or for help planning your trip, call Caltrain Customer Service at 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit www.caltrain.com.


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. 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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