There are 6 ways to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39 by train, tram, 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.

Recommended option

Caltrain, tram  •  1 h 31 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the tram from King St & 4Th St to The Embarcadero & Bay St E

$9 - $11

Cheapest option

Line 398 bus, line 292 bus, line 8 bus  •  2 h 53 min

  1. Take the line 398 bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level 398 / ...
  2. Take the line 292 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Bayshore Blvd & Blanken Ave 292
  3. Take the line 8 bus from San Bruno Ave & Arleta Ave to Bay St & Midway St 8

$9 - $11

4 alternative options

Caltrain, line 47 bus  •  2 h 2 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the line 47 bus from Townsend St & 5Th St to Powell St & Beach St 47

$10 - $11

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

$50 - $65

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to Pier 39 via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B, SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level, Bayshore Blvd & Blanken Ave, San Bruno Ave & Arleta Ave, and Bay St & Midway St in around 2 h 53 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Website
sfmta.com
Tram from King St & 4Th St to The Embarcadero & Bay St
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sfmta.com
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
Bus from San Bruno Ave & Arleta Ave to Bay St & Midway St
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sfmta.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Bayshore Blvd & Blanken Ave
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
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
$50 - $65
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$65 - $85
ASSIST
$50 - $65
uberX
$50 - $65
WAV
$50 - $65
uberXL
$80 - $110
SELECT
$110 - $150
BLACK
$160 - $200
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Palo Alto and Pier 39 is 47 km. The road distance is 57 km.

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39 is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 41 min.

The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39 is to taxi which takes 41 min and costs $190 - $240.

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, SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level and San Bruno Ave & Arleta Ave. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 53 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 31 min to get from Palo Alto to Pier 39, including transfers.