There are 6 ways to get from Palo Alto to Oakland by train, subway, bus, taxi, car or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Caltrain, BART  •  1 h 13 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the BART from Millbrae to 12th St. Oakland City Center Richmond - Daly City/Millbrae / ...

$11 - $15

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5 Ecr
  2. Take the BART from San Bruno to 12th St. Oakland City Center Antioch - SFIA/Millbrae / ...

$7 - $8

4 alternative options

Caltrain, BART via California Ave Caltrain  •  1 h 33 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the BART from Millbrae to 12th St. Oakland City Center Richmond - Daly City/Millbrae / ...

$12 - $16

Taxi  •  39 min

  1. Take a taxi from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$190 - $230

Drive  •  39 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  39 min

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$55 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Oakland is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Oakland is to taxi which costs $190 - $230 and takes 39 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Oakland is 26 miles. The road distance is 34.2 miles.

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It takes approximately 1 h 13 min to get from Palo Alto to Oakland, including transfers.

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What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and Oakland, CA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Palo Alto to Oakland. However, you can take the Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain, take the walk to Millbrae, then take the BART to 12th St. Oakland City Center. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Palo Alto to Oakland via Millbrae Caltrain and Millbrae in around 1 h 33 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae to 12th St. Oakland City Center
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from San Bruno to 12th St. Oakland City Center
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to Oakland
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$70 - $95
ASSIST
$55 - $70
uberX
$55 - $70
WAV
$55 - $70
uberXL
$80 - $100
SELECT
$110 - $140
BLACK
$150 - $190
SUV
$170 - $220
Taxi from Palo Alto to Oakland
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$190 - $230
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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