There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea by train, bus, car or towncar

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Caltrain, bus  •  3h 55m

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from Cahill / Diridon Station to Tyler / Franklin 55

$11 - $31

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Line 522 bus, bus  •  4h 32m

  1. Take the line 522 bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & 2nd 22 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Santa Clara Ave / 1st St to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl 55

$8 - $28

3 alternative options

Caltrain, bus via Gilroy  •  4h

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain Limited / ...
  2. Take the bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Tyler / Franklin 55

$14 - $35

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

$120 - $140

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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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea. However, there are services departing from El Camino & California and arriving at 6th / Mission Street via Santa Clara Ave / 1st St and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 32m.

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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 3h 55m and costs $11 - $35.

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It takes approximately 3h 55m 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 & California station.

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Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea bus services, operated by Monterey-Salinas Transit, arrive at Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl station.

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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 313+ hotels available in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Prices start at $100 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: 3h 55m

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea via Santa Clara Ave / 1st St and Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl in around 4h 32m.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice 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 Cahill / Diridon Station to Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Monterey / Gilroy Train Station to Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Santa Clara Ave / 1st St to Monterey Transit Plaza / Gate 3 Pearl
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4 - $12
Schedules at
mst.org
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & 2nd
Ave. Duration
1h 2m
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.comglobal
Towncar from Palo Alto to Carmel-by-the-Sea
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$120 - $140
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uber.com
UberPool
$110 - $130
Assist
$120 - $140
UberX
$120 - $140
WAV
$120 - $140
Comfort
$160 - $190
UberXL
$190 - $220
Select
$260 - $300
Black
$340 - $390
Black SUV
$400 - $450

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