There are 4 ways to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea by train, bus, night bus, car or towncar

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Caltrain, bus  •  4 h 12 min

  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

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Line 22 bus, night bus  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Take the line 22 bus from El Camino & Churchill to Santa Clara & Montgomery 22
  2. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6739

$20 - $56

Drive  •  1 h 36 min

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

$8 - $13

Uber  •  1 h 36 min

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

$130 - $170

Questions & Answers

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

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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 1 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from El Camino & Churchill and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via San Jose, Ca, Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 34 min.

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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 4 h 12 min and costs $14 - $40.

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

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Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from El Camino & Churchill station.

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Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Salinas, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea is 86 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 36 min 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 $105 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: 4 h 12 min

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 a vehicle from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea via Santa Clara & Montgomery, San Jose, Ca, Salinas, Ca, Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7, and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler in around 6 h 34 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & Churchill to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
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
Night bus from San Jose, Ca to Salinas, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$13 - $20
Flexible
$23 - $30
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$130 - $170
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$130 - $170
UberX
$130 - $170
WAV
$130 - $170
UberXL
$200 - $250
Select
$280 - $350
Black
$380 - $480
Black SUV
$420 - $550

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