Mountain View (California)

Mountain View in California is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Mountain View is one of the major cities that make up Silicon Valley, and has many notable Silicon Valley companies either headquartered there or with a large presence, including Google, Symantec, Nokia and Microsoft.

Get in

By air

Mountain View is reachable from all three Bay Area airports:

By train

Caltrain service connects Mountain View to San Francisco and San Jose (and Gilroy). Almost all Caltrains stop at the downtown Mountain View stop on Castro St., including all local and limited-stop trains, and most Baby Bullet trains. All local trains and some limited-stop trains also service the San Antonio Caltrain station, near the border of Mountain View and Palo Alto.

To get to Amtrak trains from Mountain View, connect at the San Jose Diridon or Santa Clara stations via Caltrain.

There is also a VTA light rail service that connects downtown to several suburban locations in the south bay. VTA light rail can also be used to connect to the Amtrak Capitol Corridor train (to Sacramento) in Santa Clara.

Get around

For travel within Mountain View itself and the neighboring area, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) operates bus and light rail service. The Caltrain, which runs all the way from San Francisco to Gilroy stops in Mountain View as well. Caltrain also provides relatively easy access to both San Francisco and San Jose Airport, via BART or bus connections.

Mountain View is good for cycling: many streets have bike lanes or are wide enough to comfortably support bike traffic. There are several Bay Area BikeShare stations located in Mountain View, as well as in a few neighboring cities.

The downtown area is walkable.

See

Google's headquarters

Do

Buy

Mountain View is the home of many big box stores including REI, Best Buy, IKEA, and Costco near the Hwy 101 Rengstorff exit and Walmart, Target, Ross, Kohl's, and Safeway in the San Antonio shopping center.

Eat

This page uses the following price ranges for a typical meal for one, including soft drink:
Budget Under $10
Mid-range $10 - $20
Splurge Over $20

Castro Street is the main street in the downtown area with many restaurants and bars. East and South Asian food is available in abundance, but it is by no means the only choice. Watch the hours of operation; most restaurants in Mountain View are not open very late. There are some wonderful Mexican restaurants in the area serving Poblano style food.

Budget

Mid-range


Splurge

Sleep

Go next

Routes through Mountain View

San Francisco Palo Alto  N  S  Sunnyvale San Jose
END  N  S  Sunnyvale San Jose


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