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There are 3 ways to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea by train, bus, car or towncar

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Caltrain, bus  •  4h 12m

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55

$14 - $36

2 alternative options

Drive  •  1h 36m

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea 85.9 miles

$8 - $13

Uber  •  1h 36m

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea 85.9 miles

$95 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $8 - $13 and takes 1h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea is to drive which costs $8 - $13 and takes 1h 36m.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 63 miles. The road distance is 85.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea without a car is to Caltrain and bus which takes 4h 12m and costs $14 - $40.

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It takes approximately 4h 12m to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea is 86 miles. It takes approximately 1h 36m to drive from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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There are 252+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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  • Distance: 62.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 12m

What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA?

There is no direct connection from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, you can take the Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain, take the walk to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, take the bus to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl, take the walk to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler, then take the line 24 bus to 6th / Mission Street. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Monterey-Salinas Transit
Phone
1-888-678-2871
Email
customerservice@mst.org
Website
mst.org
Bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$85 - $110
Assist
$95 - $130
UberX
$95 - $130
WAV
$95 - $130
UberXL
$160 - $210
Select
$250 - $320
Black
$340 - $430
Black SUV
$360 - $450

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