Getting to the area by airport:
The nearest major airport is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC / KSJC). This airport has international and domestic flights from San Jose, California and is 2 miles from the center of Santa Clara, CA.
Mineta San Jose International Airport
The Santa Clara transit station is conveniently located directly across from campus. The transit station is served by Cal Train, Amtrak, and other transportation providers. There is a free shuttle from the San Jose Airport (SJC) to the Santa Clara transit station.
The best way to get from San Francisco Airport ( SFO ) to Santa Clara is to Caltrain which takes 1h 34m and costs $13 – $18. Alternatively, you can line 398 bus and line 22 bus , which costs $8 – $15 and takes 2h 18m.
Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Clara Caltrain and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 13m.
Santa Clara County is one of the safest counties in the United States and most cities enjoy very low crime rates. However, crime is somewhat higher around downtown San Jose and in some of the poorer neighborhoods to the east and south. Be careful to check for ticks  after hiking in fields in the bay area.
Santa Clara is located in the center of Silicon Valley and is home to the headquarters of several high-tech companies such as Intel. It is also home to Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of California, which was built around Mission Santa Clara de Asís .
about 4 miles
You can take Caltrain from San Francisco to Santa Clara . From San Francisco , take Caltrain south to the Santa Clara station. The Santa Clara station is located directly across from Santa Clara University.