Sunnyvale is a city in the South Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, in California. Sunnyvale was ranked the 5th safest city in the United States in its size category for 2004.

Get in

By plane

San Jose International Airport

San Jose International Airport is the closest airport.

From the airport, take the free Airport Flyer bus #10 to Santa Clara Transit Station. From there, catch either VTA bus #22 or Caltrain to Sunnyvale. The #22 bus line has many stops in Sunnyvale along El Camino Real, from Lawrence Expressway in the east to Bernardo Avenue in the west. Caltrain stops in Sunnvale at both the Lawrence station as well as downtown Sunnyvale.

Taxi fare from San Jose Airport to Sunnyvale is approximately $30.

San Francisco International Airport

San Francisco is just up US 101 and offers additional options for flying in. In particular it offers more international and direct East Coast flights. From the airport, you can take the BART to Millbrae Station and then take the Caltrain to Sunnyvale. CalTrain's Sunnyvale station is next to old downtown, on Evelyn Avenue just West of Murphy Street.

By bus

See the websites or for a bay area trip planner by public transit.

By train

Get around

By bus

Sunnyvale has a very good public transport system managed by Valley Transportation Authority. Bus 22 on El Camino Real is the main bus line and most other bus lines run into it. Bus 522 is an express bus which also travels on El Camino but skips a lot of stops. Additionally, the 55, 54, 53 bus routes serve other areas in Sunnyvale.

By train

Caltrain has its Sunnyvale stop in downtown Sunnyvale, and the Lawrence stop at the Lawrence Expressway.

VTA light rail also has several Sunnyvale stopsbut note that these do not connect directly with Caltrain.

By bike

Sunnyvale is a recognized "bike friendly community". Many major roads have bike lanes, and if you get tired of cycling, VTA buses, light rail, and Caltrain also allow bikes at all hours.



Miniature golf and arcade games can be found at Golfland USA, 855 East El Camino Real (at Wolfe Road); there are parking lots at both the El Camino Real and Wolfe Road entrances. Sunnyvale is also home to two public golf courses: the nine-hole course and driving range at Sunken Gardens at 1010 S Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, and the 18-hole Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Course at 605 Macara Ave., which is under the landing path to Moffett Field, where you can see many interesting military and some private aircraft.

On Murphy Street near the Caltrain station, many events are held during the Summer. .



The densest concentration of restaurants is along Murphy Street and nearby, with most of the rest spread out in strip malls, particularly along El Camino Real.

Sunnyvale has a significant Chinese population (but appears to be declining). For authentic Chinese fare, head south east of Sunnyvale into Cupertino on Wolfe Road just north of 280 and you'll see the Ranch 99 Asian Market followed by an entire mall of Asian eats and products.

For Indian food, Sunnyvale and neighboring cities are home to numerous Indian restaurants that cater to those looking for a taste of home. Dosas and other vegetarian fare can be found at Saravana Bhavan, Madras Cafe, etc. Keep an eye out for a number of chaat places (Chaat House, Chaat Corner, Chaat Cafe, etc.) that dot the strip malls along El Camino Real. Bombay Garden at Lawrence and El Camino real

For Pakistani food, Shalimar is the third of a popular chain of Pakistani restaurants that started in San Francisco. Shan is a smaller Pakistani restaurant that is an okay alternative. Both are very casual

Korean restaurants can be found along El Camino Real between Henderson and Lawrence Expressway, but Santa Clara is more known for a larger variety of Korean restaurants.



Go next

See Bay Area (California), Silicon Valley, South Bay, and Santa Clara County for area attractions.

See the websites or for a bay area trip planner by public transit. See the website for trips to Santa Cruz or Scotts Valley by public transit.

Parking rates in San Francisco can go up to $30. You can park at Bart parking lots and save money:

For example: Park in Colma BART parking garage $2 all day, free weekends and round trip BART from Colma to Moscone Center would cost $6.40. Colma parking lot is less likely to fill up than Daly City Bart parking. Daily parking in on floor 3 and 4 of garage. Take exit off 280 called exit 47 for CA HWY-1 toward Pacifica/Eastmoor Ave (also called Colma Park and Ride) 430 ft, Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Mission St, 0.6 mi, right at D St, 0.1 mi, Continue on F St 220 ft, Colma BART.

Example 2: Park in Daly City BART parking for $3 all day, free weekends and round trip BART from Colma to Moscone Center would cost $5.90. Note BART runs more often from Daly City than to Colma. Daily parking in on floor 3 and 4 of garage. Take exit off 280 called exit 49A to merge onto Junipero Serra Blvd toward John Daly Blvd, right turn on John Daly Blvd (also called Daly City Park and Ride exit). Take first left on to DeLong Street and you will see one of the BART parking lots.

Example 3: Park in Millbrae, San Bruno, or South San Francicso Bart for $1 weekdays and free after 3PM and weekends.

Example 4: Take Caltrain from Murphy Street area for $13 for 3 zone day pass. Parking fees a nominal at garage.

Routes through Sunnyvale

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