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

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Train  •  4 h 27 min

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

$35 - $81

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BART, bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the BART from Millbrae BART Station to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station Yellow
  2. Take the bus from Pleasant Hill BART Station to J St. and 6th St. Blue

$19 - $26

3 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 22 min

  1. Take the bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 1st St 398
  2. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca 8320 / ...

$20 - $41

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to Sacramento 116.5 miles

$11 - $17

Caltrain, fly  •  3 h 51 min

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

$81 - $206

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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 Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and arriving at Sacramento, Ca via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B and San Francisco, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 22 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 $35 - $85.

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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 SamTrans, depart from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 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 $35 - $85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $20 - $45 and takes 5 h 22 min.

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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 Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B, Mission St & 1st St, and San Francisco, Ca in around 5 h 22 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to Sacramento
Ave. Duration
51 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
+1 215-856-7924
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
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Millbrae BART Station to Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 1st St
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
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 Francisco, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Phone
(707) 422-2877
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
$4 - $6
Website
FAST

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The quickest flight from San Francisco Airport to Sacramento Airport is the direct flight which takes 49 min.

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Palo Alto to Sacramento bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at Sacramento, Ca station.

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Palo Alto to Sacramento train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Sacramento Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to Sacramento is 117 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 5 min to drive from Palo Alto to Sacramento.

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United Airlines offers flights from San Francisco Airport to Sacramento Airport.

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There are 133+ hotels available in Sacramento. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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