There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39 by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain, line 47 bus  •  1 h 57 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the line 47 bus from Townsend St & 5th St to Powell St & Beach St 47

$10 - $12

4 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 5th St 398

$11 - $12

Taxi  •  41 min

  1. Take a taxi from Palo Alto to Pier 39 35.3 miles

$190 - $240

Drive  •  41 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Pier 39 35.3 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  41 min

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to Pier 39 35.3 miles

$55 - $75

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Pier 39. However, there are services departing from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and arriving at Bay St & Midway St via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B, Market St & 5th St and Kearny St & Geary St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Pier 39 is 30 miles. The road distance is 35.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39 without a car is to Caltrain and line 47 bus which takes 1 h 57 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 1 h 57 min to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Pier 39 bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B station.

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Palo Alto to Pier 39 bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Mission St & 5th St station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Pier 39 is 35 miles. It takes approximately 41 min to drive from Palo Alto to Pier 39.

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There are 603+ hotels available in Pier 39. Prices start at $114 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39.
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  • Distance: 29.5 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 57 min

What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and Pier 39, CA, USA?

SamTrans operates a bus from Palo Alto to Pier 39 hourly. Tickets cost $3 - $4 and the journey takes 1 h 33 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Website
sfmta.com
Bus from Townsend St & 5th St to Powell St & Beach St
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sfmta.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 5th St
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to Pier 39
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$55 - $75
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$55 - $75
UberX
$55 - $75
WAV
$55 - $75
UberXL
$80 - $110
Select
$110 - $150
Black
$150 - $200
Black SUV
$170 - $220
Taxi from Palo Alto to Pier 39
Ave. Duration
41 min
Estimated price
$190 - $240
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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