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

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Caltrain, BART  •  1h 28m

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the BART from Millbrae BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station Red / ...

$12 - $18

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av to Union City BART Station Db
  2. Take the bus from Union City BART Station to 14th St:Broadway 801

$5

4 alternative options

Bus, BART  •  2h 22m

  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 Red / ...

$7 - $8

Taxi  •  39m

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

$190 - $230

Drive  •  39m

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Oakland 34.2 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  39m

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

$45 - $60

Questions & Answers

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Oakland. However, there are services departing from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av and arriving at 14th St:Broadway via Union City BART Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 49m.

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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 1h 28m and costs $12 - $18.

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It takes approximately 1h 28m to get from Palo Alto to Oakland, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Oakland bus services, operated by AC Transit, depart from Middlefield Rd:Lytton Av station.

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Palo Alto to Oakland bus services, operated by AC Transit, arrive at 14th St:Broadway station.

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

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There are 600+ hotels available in Oakland. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Oakland.
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  • Distance: 26.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 28m

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to Oakland via Union City BART Station in around 2h 49m.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
bart.gov
Subway from San Bruno BART Station to 12th St. Oakland City Center BART Station
Ave. Duration
40m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Bruno BART-Bay 5
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
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
Bus from Union City BART Station to 14th St:Broadway
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to Oakland
Ave. Duration
39m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$50 - $70
Assist
$45 - $60
UberX
$45 - $60
WAV
$45 - $60
UberXL
$70 - $90
Select
$110 - $140
Black
$150 - $190
Black SUV
$160 - $210
Taxi from Palo Alto to Oakland
Ave. Duration
39m
Estimated price
$190 - $230
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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