Why the Redwood City Caltrain Station Is Worth The Stop

Adventure is just around the corner when traveling on the Caltrain. By using the Caltrain, you can expand your horizons by eating at delicious nearby restaurants, shopping vast retail stores, exploring new cities and attending unique events. With 32 stations in between San Francisco and Gilroy, there are many stops for you to travel between. Redwood City, located by the Sequoia Station, is one you should definitely explore for all of the special finds, neighborhoods and events you’ll encounter while there.

Commute From Downtown Redwood City Caltrain Station
Destination By Car Caltrain Distance
San Francisco 29 min 32 min 26 miles
Downtown Burlingame 14 min 18 min 10 miles
Downtown San Mateo 12 min 13 min 8 miles
Downtown San Carlos 9 min 5 min 2.5 miles
Downtown Menlo Park 13 min 5 min 4 miles
Downtown Palo Alto 6 min 7 min 5 miles
Downtown Mountain View 15 min 14 min 14 miles
Downtown Sunnyvale 18 min 17 min 16.5 miles
San Jose Diridon 31 min 27 min 24 miles

Neighborhoods in Redwood City

Woodside Plaza

An eclectic mix of people resides in this neighborhood, from single professionals to families with kids and retirees. Characterized by wide, tree-lined streets, Woodside Plaza has a roomy feel that is reinforced by the average house size – most lots in the area are at or under 7,500 square feet. The nearby Red Morton Community Park is a great place to grab a breath of fresh air and play at their tennis courts or sport fields. Your kids will love it too: there is a teen center that offers programs, games, homework tutoring and a space to hang out with their friends.

Mount Carmel

Charming architecture from craftsmen homes to Spanish bungalows to ranch houses await you in this neighborhood. Downtown is just a short walk away from your doorstep: while there, you can enjoy entertainment at either the Cinemark movie theater or the Fox Theater, and you can also grab a coffee at Philz Coffee or a bite at places like gastropub Martin’s West and American fine dining at Angelica’s. If you need to get your errands done, you can do so at stores like Costco and Whole Foods Market nearby. Finally, if your travels should take you beyond Downtown, the nearby Sequoia Station makes it easy for further exploration.

Emerald Hills

This welcoming area will captivate you with hills and stunning views, and the architecture is a refreshing mix of older, larger homes and new construction. When you leave your home to commute to work or other errands, you’ll be thankful for the minimal amount of traffic this neighborhood enjoys. And if you love the water, you’re in luck – the only deepwater port in the Southern San Francisco Bay, the Port of Redwood City, is very close by. While there, you can head out onto the water with their public boat launching facility.


There are numerous schooling options for your children in Redwood City. Bright Horizon Chinese School aims to have their students understand Chinese culture as they improve their communication skills in writing, reading and speaking. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School is a private institution that offers classes from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. There are two elementary schools, Clifford and Roy Cloud. The high school, Sequoia High, offers students the unique opportunity to be enrolled in International Baccalaureate course work.

Special Events

One-of-a-kind events are happening during the year. The Annual Silicon Valley Ball showcases musical acts in Club Fox and the Fox Theatre, transforms the San Mateo County History Museum into a casino with various table games and a money wheel and sets up tents at the Courthouse Square with tasty desserts. Another yearly event, the Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival, lets you sample delicious salsa and be entertained by various activities. Every Friday night from May through September, the Courthouse Square comes alive with a variety of live musical acts.

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