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There are 7 ways to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by train, bus, night bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  1h 3m

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Ltd B / ...

$12 - $16

Cheapest option

Line 397 night bus  •  1h 11m

  1. Take the line 397 night bus from University Ave & Lincoln Ave to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level 397

$5

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Bus  •  1h 34m

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & Linden Ave Ecr

$10 - $14

Bus, line 398 bus  •  1h 49m

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave Ecr
  2. Take the line 398 bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level 398

$7 - $10

Taxi  •  24 min

  1. Take a taxi from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 20.3 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  24 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 20.3 miles

$2 - $3

Towncar  •  24 min

  1. Take a town car from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport 20.3 miles

$110 - $150

Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by bus

The bus journey time between Palo Alto and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is around 1h 17m and covers a distance of around 20 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 1h 4m. Operated by SamTrans, the Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus service departs from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and arrives in SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level. Typically 123 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus schedules

Palo Alto → San Francisco Airport (SFO)
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to drive which costs $2 - $3 and takes 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to taxi which costs $120 - $150 and takes 24 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from University Ave & Lincoln Ave and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 11m.

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No, there is no direct train from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from California Ave Caltrain and arriving at San Francisco International Airport via Millbrae. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 3m.

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The distance between Palo Alto and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 18 miles. The road distance is 20.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1h 3m and costs $11 - $16.

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It takes approximately 1h 3m to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

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Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 station.

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Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from California Ave Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to Caltrain which takes 1h 3m and costs $11 - $16. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $10 - $14 and takes 1h 34m.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
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  • Distance: 18.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 3m

What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA?

Caltrain operates a train from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $7 and the journey takes 37 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & Linden Ave every 20 minutes. Tickets cost $5 and the journey takes 1h 8m.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & Linden Ave
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Night bus from University Ave & Lincoln Ave to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

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Towncar from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Private
$110 - $150
Taxi from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Ave. Duration
24 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Taxi San Jose
Phone
+1 408-459-8010
Website
taxisanjose.com

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Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level station.

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Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Millbrae Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 20 miles. It takes approximately 24 min to drive from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO).

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