Navigating the busy roads and highways of the Bay Area can be a circus, which is why Caltrain should be the travel method of choice for families heading to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey shows at the SAP Center in San Jose this month.

The legendary circus performers will host multiple shows at the downtown sports arena, which is right across the street from the San Jose Diridon Caltrain Station. The first Out of this World performance will take place on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m., and the series will conclude with an 11:30 a.m. showing on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. A full schedule of the shows is available here.

Caltrain’s weekday and weekend schedules offers plenty of travel options to get to San Jose in time for the performances. The last northbound train departs San Jose at 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, and at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The circus is giving Caltrain customers a special discount. Customers who bring their Caltrain same day ticket or Clipper Card to the arena box office the day of the show will receive $5 off their circus ticket. The savings do not apply to Front Row, Premium or VIP seats, and there are no double discounts.

Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations. To save time on the return trip, fans are encouraged to buy a Day Pass. Clipper card users (e-cash and 8-ride tickets) are reminded to tag on and tag off.

Open alcoholic beverage containers are not allowed onboard trains starting at 9 p.m. on special event nights.

For more information about service and fares, call Caltrain’s Customer Service Center at 1.800.660.4287 or visit


About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed nearly five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 60,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040  and add more service to more stations.

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