There are 4 ways to get from Palo Alto to Monterey 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  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Local / ...
  2. 55

$15 - $21

3 alternative options

Night bus, bus  •  4 h 54 min

  1. 6739
  2. 20 / ...

$22 - $44

Drive  •  1 h 33 min

  1. 82.3 miles

$8 - $12

Uber  •  1 h 33 min

  1. 82.3 miles

$120 - $160

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

There is no direct connection from Palo Alto to Monterey. However, you can take the Caltrain to Gilroy Caltrain, take the walk to Monterey / Gilroy Train Station, then take the bus to Tyler / Franklin. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Palo Alto to Monterey via San Jose Diridon Caltrain, San Jose, Ca, Salinas, Ca, and Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 in around 4 h 54 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 Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
mst.org
Bus from Salinas Transit Center / Gate 7 to Tyler / Franklin
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Schedules at
mst.org
Greyhound USA
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 Monterey
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$120 - $160
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$90 - $120
ASSIST
$120 - $160
uberX
$120 - $160
WAV
$120 - $160
uberXL
$180 - $230
SELECT
$260 - $330
BLACK
$360 - $460
SUV
$400 - $500

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Palo Alto and Monterey is 96 km. The road distance is 132 km.

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Monterey is to drive which costs $8 - $12 and takes 1 h 33 min.

The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Monterey is to drive which takes 1 h 33 min and costs $8 - $12.

It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Palo Alto to Monterey, including transfers.