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There are 5 ways to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto by train, bus, subway, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 46m

  1. Take the train from Sacramento Valley Station to Santa Clara Amtrak Capitol Corridor

$38 - $81

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Bus, BART  •  5h 16m

  1. Take the bus from J St. and 6th St. to Pleasant Hill BART Station Blue
  2. Take the BART from Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station to Millbrae BART Station Yellow

$18 - $25

3 alternative options

Bus  •  4h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 8309 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 9 to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr

$19 - $41

Drive  •  2h 5m

  1. Drive from Sacramento to Palo Alto 115.5 miles

$11 - $17

Fly, Caltrain  •  3h 49m

  1. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to San Francisco (SFO) SMF - SFO
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain

$81 - $206

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The cheapest way to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto is to drive which costs $11 - $17 and takes 2h 5m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Sacramento to Palo Alto. However, there are services departing from Sacramento, Ca and arriving at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 via Mission St & 1st St and San Bruno BART-Bay 9. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 45m.

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No, there is no direct train from Sacramento station to Palo Alto. However, there are services departing from Sacramento Valley Station and arriving at California Ave Caltrain via Santa Clara Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 46m.

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The distance between Sacramento and Palo Alto is 87 miles. The road distance is 115.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto without a car is to train which takes 3h 46m and costs $35 - $85.

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It takes approximately 3h 46m to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto, including transfers.

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Sacramento to Palo Alto bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Sacramento, Ca station.

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Sacramento to Palo Alto train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Sacramento Valley Station.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto is to train which takes 3h 46m and costs $35 - $85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $19 - $45 and takes 4h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto.
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  • Distance: 86.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 46m

What companies run services between Sacramento, CA, USA and Palo Alto, CA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Sacramento to Palo Alto every 4 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2h 49m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sacramento to Palo Alto via San Francisco, Ca, Mission St & 1st St, and San Bruno BART-Bay 9 in around 4h 45m.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $250
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento Valley Station to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2h 49m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART Station to Millbrae BART Station
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 9 to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Phone
(707) 422-2877
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from J St. and 6th St. to Pleasant Hill BART Station
Ave. Duration
2h 19m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Website
FAST

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The quickest flight from Sacramento Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 3m.

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Sacramento to Palo Alto bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 station.

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Sacramento to Palo Alto train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Santa Clara Amtrak station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Sacramento to Palo Alto is 116 miles. It takes approximately 2h 5m to drive from Sacramento to Palo Alto.

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United Airlines offers flights from Sacramento Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 466+ hotels available in Palo Alto. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Sacramento to Sacramento Airport is to bus which takes 12m and costs $2.

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