There are 7 ways to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building by train, tram, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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, tram  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the tram from King St & 4th St to Metro Embarcadero Station N / ...

$9 - $11

Cheapest option

Bus  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to Mission St & 1st St 398

$5 - $6

5 alternative options

Caltrain  •  1 h 30 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from California Ave Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...

$10 - $11

Bus, line 14 bus  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to Mission St & John Daly Blvd Ecr
  2. Take the line 14 bus from Mission St & San Jose Ave to Steuart St & Mission St 14 / ...

$6 - $7

Taxi  •  39 min

  1. Take a taxi from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building 34.3 miles

$190 - $230

Drive  •  39 min

  1. Drive from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building 34.3 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  39 min

  1. Take an Uber from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building 34.3 miles

$50 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building is to taxi which costs $190 - $230 and takes 39 min.

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The distance between Palo Alto and San Francisco Ferry Building is 28 miles. The road distance is 34.3 miles.

Get driving directions

It takes approximately 1 h 2 min to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building. However, there are services departing from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 and arriving at Mission St & 1st St via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 33 min.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 30 min and costs $9 - $12. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $5 - $7 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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Map of how to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building.
Launch map view
  • Distance: 28.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 2 min

What companies run services between Palo Alto, CA, USA and San Francisco Ferry Building, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $6 - $9 and the journey takes 1 h 7 min. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building hourly. Tickets cost $3 - $4 and the journey takes 1 h 39 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from California Ave Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Website
sfmta.com
Tram from King St & 4th St to Metro Embarcadero Station
Ave. Duration
13 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sfmta.com
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
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to Mission St & John Daly Blvd
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Website
sfmta.com
Bus from Mission St & San Jose Ave to Steuart St & Mission St
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
sfmta.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$50 - $70
UberX
$50 - $70
WAV
$50 - $70
UberXL
$80 - $100
Select
$110 - $150
Black
$150 - $190
Black SUV
$170 - $210
Taxi from Palo Alto to San Francisco Ferry Building
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$190 - $230
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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