Weekend Event Picks: Ideas for a Football-Free Weekend Along the Capitol Corridor

February 2, 2016

Not interested in watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, or being anywhere near the festivities that run from San Francisco down to Santa Clara? Enjoy a football free weekend with Capitol Corridor. Check out our top picks and destinations.  More Weekend Event Picks: Ideas for a Football-Free Weekend Along the Capitol Corridor

Ten Tips for Super Bowl 50 Travel on the Capitol Corridor

January 29, 2016

As a transportation partner of Super Bowl 50 being held on Sunday, February 7, at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Capitol Corridor will be operating special gameday service to help fans get to the action. If you’re lucky enough to be holding a ticket to the game and plan on taking the Capitol Corridor to Levi’s Stadium, follow these 10 travel tips for a safe and comfortable trip:

  1. Book your round-trip ticket online, in advance, at
    www.capitolcorridor.org/SB50 or via the Amtrak mobile app.
  2. If you’re traveling any other day than Sunday, February 7, be sure to use our regular schedule for planning your trip.
  3. Arrive at the train station at least half an hour early.
  4. Be safe and wait behind the yellow safety line.
  5. Check the NFL website for guidelines on what you can and cannot bring into the game.
  6. To ensure space for everyone on the train, use only one seat per person and store your personal bags and items under the seat or in the overhead racks.
  7. Have your paper or electronic ticket ready to show the conductor.
  8. If you move seats, take the seat check provided by the conductor with you.
  9. Gather your personal items and be prepared to get off at the Santa Clara/Great America Station, which is after the Fremont Station. Personal belongings may not be left on the train.
  10. Give yourself plenty of time to get back to the Santa Clara/Great America Station after the game, and exit the stadium through Gate F which is closest to the train station.

Weekend Event Picks: Friday Fun at Oakland Museum of California, St. Louis Symphony, and Sacramento Chocolate Salon

January 27, 2016

Night Market & Off the Grid at OMCA: Oakland, 1/29

On Friday, bring the whole family to the Oakland Museum of California for half-price adult admission, free youth admission, and a night market featuring gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid. The 5-9pm event will feature extended Museum gallery hours; a DJ and live youth band at the 10th St. amphitheater; Story Time with the Oakland Public Library; a Makers & Testers Series with the author of Cooking Stoned; specials on local beers and wines from the Blue Oak Beer Garden; and more. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Oakland Jack London Station, which is less than a mile from the Museum. For public transit connections and walking directions, check out Google Maps.


St. Louis Symphony: Berkeley, 1/29 & 1/31

Come to Berkeley on Friday and Sunday for two unique performances by the St. Louis Symphony, a modern orchestra known for its wide expressive range and interpretive flexibility. On Friday, the group will perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and John Adams’s Saxophone Concerto of 2013, and on Sunday they will pay tribute to Utah’s natural beauty with Olivier Messiaens’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles (From the Canyons to the Stars). Performances will take place at Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. For event details, visit the Cal Performances website. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley Station, and hop on AC transit, or grab a cab, Lyft, or Uber. You can also connect to BART at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station and get off in Downtown Berkeley.


Sacramento Chocolate Salon: Sacramento, 1/30

Chocolate lovers are in for a treat at the 3rd Annual Sacramento Chocolate Salon, a celebration of all things chocolate. The event will take place from 11am to 5pm along the water at the Embassy Suites Riverfront Promenade and feature tastings of the finest artisan, gourmet, and premium chocolates; chef and cookbook author talks; demonstrations; and interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program. Attendees with will also receive a 15% discount at the Embassy Suites Riverfront café and restaurant. To get to the ultimate chocolate experience, take the train to the Sacramento Station, which is just over half a mile from the venue.

Weekend Event Picks: SF Beer Week, Harlem Globetrotters, and California Restaurant Month

January 20, 2016

 

Whether you’re a beer aficionado, sports fan, or foodie, Capitol Corridor is your ticket to the fun this weekend! More Weekend Event Picks: SF Beer Week, Harlem Globetrotters, and California Restaurant Month

Super Bowl 50 Travel on the Capitol Corridor Train

January 19, 2016

 

If you’re traveling to Super Bowl 50 being held at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, you’ll want to know how to get there on the Capitol Corridor train. The Capitol Corridor provides direct service to the Santa Clara/Great America Station, which is just steps from the stadium. Trains will be running on a special, gameday schedule, and feature amenities such as free wi-fi and a fully-stocked Café Car to make the trip relaxing and fun. Here’s how to get to the Super Bowl on the Capitol Corridor train from San Francisco and other Northern California locations.

From San Francisco (with a BART Train Connection)

  • Take a Dublin/Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train from any San Francisco BART station and exit at the Coliseum Station in Oakland.
  • Be sure to purchase a round-trip BART ticket in advance to avoid lines. Please note that BART tickets must be purchased separately from Capitol Corridor tickets, and BART accepts payment with cash on a Clipper card; Capitol Corridor does not accept Clipper, and tickets must be purchased online, in advance, from www.capitolcorridor.org/SB50.
  • Allow yourself 45 minutes to an hour for travel between downtown San Francisco and Oakland. BART trains from San Francisco to the Coliseum Station will be operating every 20 minutes on gameday, and the trip itself, once you board BART, is approximately 20 minutes. Please review the BART schedule to ensure you make your connection to the Capitol Corridor train.
  • At the Coliseum Station, proceed to the pedestrian walkway leading to the Oakland Coliseum. About halfway along the bridge, go left down the ramp to the Capitol Corridor/Amtrak train platform. This is a five-to-10-minute walk, and there will be station ambassadors available to assist with directions.
  • Board westbound Capitol Corridor train towards San Jose.
  • Get off train at the Santa Clara/Great America Station. Travel time on the Capitol Corridor is about 45 minutes.
    Round-trip cost: $38.40 ($8.40 BART; $30 Capitol Corridor)

From Oakland/Berkeley (East Bay)

  • Capitol Corridor serves four Amtrak stations in the Berkeley/Oakland area – Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland Jack London, and Oakland Coliseum.
  • Board a westbound train towards San Jose from any of these Capitol Corridor/Amtrak stations.
  • Or, take a BART train to the Coliseum Station in Oakland and follow instructions above to the Capitol Corridor/Amtrak train platform and the Santa Clara/Great America Station.
  • Travel time from Berkeley is 1-1/4 hours; from Emeryville, a little over an hour; from Oakland Jack London, a little less than an hour: and from Oakland Coliseum, 45 minutes.
    Round-trip cost (Capitol Corridor fare only): $36 from Berkeley/Emeryville; $32 from Oakland Jack London; and $30 from Oakland Coliseum

From Sacramento

  • From the Sacramento Capitol Corridor/Amtrak Station, board a westbound Capitol Corridor train towards San Jose.
  • Get off train at the Santa Clara/Great America Station. Travel time on the Capitol Corridor is 3 hours.
    Round-trip cost: $70

From San Jose:

  • From the San Jose Capitol Corridor/Amtrak Station, board an eastbound Capitol Corridor train towards Sacramento.
  • Get off train at the Santa Clara/Great America Station. Travel time on the Capitol Corridor is 15 minutes.
    Round-trip cost: $17

How About Other Super Bowl Related Events in the Bay Area?

Even if you’re not attending the game, there are a number of Super Bowl related events throughout the Bay Area in the week leading up to gameday.

Capitol Corridor can help you get to many of these activities — either directly on the train for events taking place in San Jose or Santa Clara, or with an easy connection to BART at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station for events in downtown San Francisco. Avoid traffic to the Super Bowl, sit back and relax on the Capitol Corridor! Visit our special Super Bowl 50 website, www.capitolcorridor.org/SB50, for schedules and train tickets. Keep in mind that if you’re traveling on a day other than Sunday, February 7, you’ll need to use our regular schedule to plan your trip.

Visit www.SuperBowl.com for information on NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai, Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade in San Jose, Bridgestone Fan Gallery, NFL Shop at Super Bowl presented by VISA, and all other NFL events happening in the San Francisco Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, including Super Bowl gameday on February 7.

Visit www.sfbaysuperbowl.com for information on Super Bowl City, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee’s free public fan village in San Francisco, or information related to Super Bowl Week activities happening January 30 through February 7, 2016.