There are 6 ways to get from Palo Alto to Oakland by train, subway, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain, BART  •  1 h 13 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the BART from Millbrae BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station Richmond - Daly City/Millbrae / ...

$12 - $18

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5 Ecr
  2. Take the BART from San Bruno BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station Antioch - SFIA/Millbrae / ...

$7 - $8

4 alternative options

Caltrain, BART via California Ave Caltrain  •  1 h 33 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the BART from Millbrae BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station Richmond - Daly City/Millbrae / ...

$13 - $18

Taxi  •  39 min

  1. Take a taxi from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$190 - $230

Drive  •  39 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  39 min

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$55 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Oakland is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Oakland is to taxi which costs $190 - $230 and takes 39 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Oakland is 26 miles. The road distance is 34.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Oakland without a car is to Caltrain and BART which takes 1 h 13 min and costs $12 - $18.

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It takes approximately 1 h 13 min to get from Palo Alto to Oakland, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Oakland is 34 miles. It takes approximately 39 min to drive from Palo Alto to Oakland.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Oakland.
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  • Distance: 26.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 13 min

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

There is no direct connection from Palo Alto to Oakland. However, you can take the Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain, take the walk to Millbrae BART Station, then take the BART to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Palo Alto to Oakland via Millbrae Caltrain and Millbrae BART Station in around 1 h 33 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Schedules at
bart.gov
Subway from San Bruno BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to Oakland
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$55 - $70
UberX
$55 - $70
WAV
$55 - $70
UberXL
$80 - $110
Select
$110 - $150
Black
$150 - $190
Black SUV
$170 - $210
Taxi from Palo Alto to Oakland
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$190 - $230
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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