There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea by train, bus, night bus, 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.

Recommended option

Caltrain, bus  •  4 h 13 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

$16 - $23

4 alternative options

Bus  •  4 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Tyler / Franklin 55

$16 - $24

Night bus, bus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Jose, Ca to Salinas, Ca 6739
  2. Take the bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler 20 / ...

$23 - $46

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

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

Monterey-Salinas Transit operates a bus from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea 3 times a day. Tickets cost $11 - $17 and the journey takes 2 h 4 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$8 - $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
$6 - $10
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 4 Tyler
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
mst.org
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100
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
POOL
$90 - $120
ASSIST
$130 - $170
uberX
$130 - $170
WAV
$130 - $170
uberXL
$190 - $240
SELECT
$270 - $340
BLACK
$380 - $480
SUV
$420 - $550

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Palo Alto and Carmel-by-the-Sea is 101 km. The road distance is 137 km.

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.

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

It takes approximately 4 h 13 min to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea, including transfers.