There are 8 ways to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by train, bus, night bus, taxi, car, towncar or shuttle

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

Caltrain  •  19 min

  1. Bullet / ...

$4 - $6

Cheapest option

Line 397 night bus  •  1 h 16 min

  1. 397

$2 - $4

6 alternative options

Bus, line 398 bus  •  1 h 16 min

  1. Ecr
  2. 398 / ...

$4 - $5

Taxi  •  24 min

  1. 20.3 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  24 min

  1. 20.3 miles

$2 - $3

Towncar  •  24 min

  1. 20.3 miles

$110 - $150

Shuttle  •  24 min

$45 - $65

Uber  •  24 min

  1. 20.3 miles

$30 - $45

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

Caltrain operates a train from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) hourly. Tickets cost $4 - $6 and the journey takes 19 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B in around 1 h 16 min.

Train operators
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
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
22 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
44 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Night bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$65 - $85
ASSIST
$30 - $45
uberX
$30 - $45
WAV
$30 - $45
uberXL
$45 - $65
SELECT
$65 - $85
BLACK
$90 - $120
SUV
$100 - $130
Taxi from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Ave. Duration
24 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com
Jayride
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Shuttle from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport
Estimated price
$45 - $65

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Palo Alto and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 29 km. The road distance is 33 km.

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

The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to Caltrain which takes 19 min and costs $4 - $6.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Palo Alto Caltrain and arriving at Millbrae Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19 min.

Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 16 min.

The Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain takes 19 min including transfers and departs hourly.