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

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Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 27 min

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

$34 - $80

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  5 h 53 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 to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre
  3. Take the bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to J St. and 6th St.

$18 - $24

3 alternative options

Line 522 bus, bus  •  4 h 40 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & Montgomery 22 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca

$27 - $61

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Sacramento 116.5 miles

$11 - $17

Caltrain, fly  •  3 h 24 min

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

$77 - $200

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

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to Sacramento. However, there are services departing from El Camino & California and arriving at Sacramento, Ca via San Jose, Ca and Oakland, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 40 min.

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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.

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The distance between Palo Alto and Sacramento is 87 miles. The road distance is 116.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento without a car is to train which takes 4 h 27 min and costs $30 - $80.

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It takes approximately 4 h 27 min to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento, including transfers.

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Palo Alto to Sacramento bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from El Camino & California station.

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Palo Alto to Sacramento train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Clara Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento is to train which takes 4 h 27 min and costs $30 - $80. Alternatively, you can line 522 bus and bus, which costs $27 - $65 and takes 4 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to Sacramento.
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  • Distance: 86.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 27 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from Palo Alto to Sacramento every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 3 h 3 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Palo Alto to Sacramento via Santa Clara & Montgomery, San Jose, Ca, and Oakland, Ca in around 4 h 40 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
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 San Bruno to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from El Camino & California to Santa Clara & Montgomery
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
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 San Bruno BART-Bay 5
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to J St. and 6th St.
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
fasttransit.org

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