There are 5 ways to get from Los Altos to San Francisco by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  1 h 47 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Mountain View Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$10 - $12

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Bus  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Take the bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 9th St 398

$9 - $11

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Los Altos to San Francisco 37.6 miles

$210 - $250

Drive  •  42 min

  1. Drive from Los Altos to San Francisco 37.6 miles

$3 - $6

Uber  •  42 min

  1. Take an Uber from Los Altos to San Francisco 37.6 miles

$60 - $75

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Los Altos to San Francisco. However, there are services departing from San Antonio & Almond and arriving at Mission St & 9th St via El Camino & Showers, Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 7 min.

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The distance between Los Altos and San Francisco is 32 miles. The road distance is 37.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Altos to San Francisco without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 47 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 47 min to get from Los Altos to San Francisco, including transfers.

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Los Altos to San Francisco bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B station.

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The best way to get from Los Altos to San Francisco is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 3 h 7 min.

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Los Altos to San Francisco bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Mission St & 9th St station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Altos to San Francisco is 38 miles. It takes approximately 42 min to drive from Los Altos to San Francisco.

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Map of how to get from Los Altos to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 31.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 47 min

What companies run services between Los Altos, CA, USA and San Francisco, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from Los Altos to San Francisco hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $10 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Los Altos to San Francisco hourly. Tickets cost $3 - $4 and the journey takes 1 h 30 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 9th St
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Los Altos to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$60 - $75
UberX
$60 - $75
WAV
$60 - $75
UberXL
$85 - $110
Select
$120 - $160
Black
$160 - $210
Black SUV
$180 - $240
Taxi from Los Altos to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
42 min
Estimated price
$210 - $250
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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