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There are 10 ways to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles by train, plane, bus, subway, tram or car

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Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Los Angeles  •  3h 48m

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Los Angeles (LAX) SJC - LAX

$72 - $251

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Line 22 bus, bus  •  9h 28m

  1. Take the line 22 bus from El Camino & Churchill to Eastridge Transit Center 22
  2. Take the bus from San Jose to LA Downtown FlixBus

$14 - $28

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Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Burbank  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Burbank (BUR) SJC - BUR

$67 - $318

Bus, BART to Oakland, fly to Burbank  •  4h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART Station
  2. Take the BART from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to Burbank (BUR) OAK - BUR

$112 - $441

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly to Burbank  •  4h 53m

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Burbank (BUR) SFO - BUR

$79 - $471

Caltrain to San Jose, fly to Long Beach, tram  •  5h 12m

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to Long Beach (LGB) SJC - LGB
  3. Take the tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines

$56 - $265

Bus Megabus  •  8h 16m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

$35 - $51

Bus Boltbus  •  9h 26m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles Oakland-LA

$29 - $44

Train  •  12h 24m

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight

$70 - $186

Drive  •  5h 59m

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Los Angeles 357.9 miles

$35 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles is to line 22 bus and bus which costs $14 - $28 and takes 9h 28m.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles is to Caltrain and fly which costs $70 - $260 and takes 3h 48m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Los Angeles. However, there are services departing from El Camino & California and arriving at Los Angeles via San Jose, CA. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9h 26m.

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No, there is no direct train from Palo Alto to Los Angeles station. However, there are services departing from California Ave Caltrain and arriving at Los Angeles Union Station via San Jose Diridon Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 24m.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Los Angeles is 322 miles. The road distance is 357.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles without a car is to bus which takes 8h 16m and costs $35 - $55.

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It takes approximately 3h 48m to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Boltbus, depart from San Jose, CA station.

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Palo Alto to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles is to bus which takes 8h 16m and costs $35 - $55. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $70 - $190 and takes 12h 24m.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Los Angeles.
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  • Distance: 322.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 48m

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

Megabus operates a bus from Palo Alto to Los Angeles every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $45 and the journey takes 6h 45m. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Palo Alto to Los Angeles once daily. Tickets cost $65 - $180 and the journey takes 10h 53m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $600
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $800
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$200 - $330
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Flights from San Jose to Long Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $290
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $440
JetSuiteX
Website
x.jetsuite.com
Flights from Oakland to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from San Jose to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $850
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Jose to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $440
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Burbank
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $700
Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Santa Clara Caltrain
Ave. Duration
24m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
34m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Union City BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
20m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Metro Los Angeles
Website
metro.net
Tram from Pacific Coast Hwy Station to 7th Street / Metro Center Station - Metro Blue & Expo Lines
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
metro.net
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART Station
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Boltbus
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & Churchill to Eastridge Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 59m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose to LA Downtown
Ave. Duration
6h 29m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $23
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 14m.

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Palo Alto to Los Angeles bus services, operated by Boltbus, arrive at Los Angeles station.

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Palo Alto to Los Angeles train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Los Angeles is 358 miles. It takes approximately 5h 59m to drive from Palo Alto to Los Angeles.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc., American Airlines, Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to Los Angeles Airport.

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There are 2635+ hotels available in Los Angeles. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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