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

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Caltrain  •  55 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain Local / ...

$7 - $10

Cheapest option

Bus  •  1 h 15 min

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

$2 - $4

6 alternative options

Bus, line 398 bus  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B Ecr
  2. Take the line 398 bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level 398

$4 - $5

Taxi  •  24 min

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

$110 - $140

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

Shuttle  •  24 min

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

$45 - $65

Uber  •  24 min

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

$30 - $40

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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 $110 - $140 and takes 24 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and arriving at El Camino Real & Silva Ave. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 15 min.

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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 $2 - $4 and takes 1 h 15 min.

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Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at El Camino Real & Silva Ave 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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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 to San Francisco Airport (SFO) hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $7 and the journey takes 39 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO) every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $2 - $4 and the journey takes 1 h 15 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
39 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 & Silva Ave
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
23 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
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Shuttles by Jayride
Shuttle from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Shuttle
$45 - $65
Other operators
Private Transfers
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.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Ave. Duration
24 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$30 - $40
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uber.com
UberPool
$40 - $60
Assist
$30 - $40
UberX
$30 - $40
WAV
$30 - $40
UberXL
$45 - $60
Select
$70 - $95
Black
$100 - $130
Black SUV
$110 - $150
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

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