There are 9 ways to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by train, bus, night bus, taxi, car, shuttle or towncar

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Caltrain  •  55 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Local / ...

$6 - $10

Cheapest option

Line 397 night bus  •  1h 10m

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

$2 - $4

7 alternative options

Bus  •  1h 33m

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

$3 - $6

Bus, line 398 bus  •  1h 45m

  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

$4 - $6

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

Shuttle  •  24 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport

$100 - $140

Towncar  •  24 min

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

$110 - $150

Uber  •  24 min

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 20.3 miles

$38 - $43

Questions & Answers

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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 & Crescent Dr and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 10m.

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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 55 min and costs $6 - $10.

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It takes approximately 55 min 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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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to Caltrain which takes 55 min and costs $6 - $10. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $3 - $7 and takes 1h 33m.

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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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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
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  • Distance: 18.2 miles
  • Duration: 55 min

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

Caltrain operates a train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $7 and the journey takes 35 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & Linden Ave every 20 minutes. Tickets cost $2 - $4 and the journey takes 1h 12m.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
35 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 12m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Night bus from University Ave & Crescent Dr to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Shuttles by Jayride

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.

Contact Details
Shuttle from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$100 - $140
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
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.comglobal
Towncar from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$38 - $43
Signup at
uber.com
UberPool
$35 - $45
Assist
$38 - $43
UberX
$38 - $43
WAV
$38 - $43
Comfort
$50 - $60
UberXL
$55 - $65
Select
$80 - $95
Black
$110 - $130
Black SUV
$130 - $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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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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