There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento by bus, train, subway, car or plane

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

Bus, line 99 bus, line 6834 bus  •  4 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd to Union City BART Db
  2. Take the line 99 bus from Union City BART to Hayward BART Station 99 / ...
  3. Take the line 6834 bus from Hayward, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  4. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca

$27 - $58

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & Linden Ave Ecr
  2. Take the BART from Millbrae to El Cerrito del Norte
  3. Take the bus from El Cerrito Del Norte BART to Fairfield Transportation Center 90
  4. Take the bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to 9th St and L St 30

$19 - $29

3 alternative options

Train  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak Capitol Corridor

$34 - $80

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Sacramento 116.5 miles

$11 - $17

Caltrain, fly  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to Sacramento (SMF) SFO - SMF

$80 - $204

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

You can take a bus from Palo Alto to Sacramento via Union City BART, Hayward BART Station, Hayward, Ca, and Oakland, Ca in around 4 h 9 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Palo Alto to Sacramento every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 3 h 3 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Train operators
Amtrak
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Sacramento Amtrak
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae to El Cerrito del Norte
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd to Union City BART
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Bus from Union City BART to Hayward BART Station
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Greyhound USA
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Hayward, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $12
Flexible
$14 - $18
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & Linden Ave
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from El Cerrito Del Norte BART to Fairfield Transportation Center
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $7
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
Bus from Fairfield Transportation Center to 9th St and L St
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
fasttransit.org

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Palo Alto and Sacramento is 139 km. The road distance is 186 km.

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2 h 5 min.

The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento is to drive which takes 2 h 5 min and costs $11 - $17.

No, there is no direct train from Palo Alto to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from California Ave Caltrain and arriving at Sacramento Amtrak via Santa Clara Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 27 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd and arriving at Sacramento, Ca via Union City BART, Hayward, Ca and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 9 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 9 min to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento, including transfers.