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 28 min

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

$12 - $18

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  2 h 22 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 BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station Richmond - Daly City/Millbrae / ...

$7 - $8

4 alternative options

Line 522 bus, bus  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & Montgomery 22 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6774 / ...

$13 - $26

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

No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Oakland. However, there are services departing from El Camino & California and arriving at Oakland, Ca via San Jose, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 30 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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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Oakland without a car is to Caltrain and BART which takes 1 h 28 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 28 min to get from Palo Alto to Oakland, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Oakland bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from El Camino & California station.

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Palo Alto to Oakland bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Oakland, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Oakland is 34 miles. It takes approximately 39 min to drive from Palo Alto to Oakland.

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There are 594+ hotels available in Oakland. Prices start at $109 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Oakland.
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  • Distance: 26.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 28 min

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to Oakland via Santa Clara & Montgomery and San Jose, Ca in around 2 h 30 min.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Bruno BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
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 5 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
vta.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
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
Assist
$55 - $70
UberX
$55 - $70
WAV
$55 - $70
UberXL
$80 - $110
Select
$110 - $150
Black
$150 - $190
Black SUV
$170 - $210
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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