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

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

Train  •  3 h 29 min

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

$37 - $80

Cheapest option

Bus, BART  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from 9th St and L St to Pleasant Hill BART Station
  2. Take the BART from Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre to San Bruno
  3. Take the bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr

$18 - $25

3 alternative options

Bus, line 6781 bus, line 99 bus  •  4 h 14 min

  1. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  2. Take the line 6781 bus from Oakland, Ca to Hayward, Ca
  3. Take the line 99 bus from Hayward BART Station to Union City BART 99 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Union City BART to Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd Db

$29 - $56

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Sacramento to Palo Alto 115.5 miles

$11 - $17

Bus, fly  •  4 h 50 min

  1. Take the bus from Capitol Mall at 7th St. to Terminal A
  2. Fly from Sacramento (SMF) to San Francisco (SFO) SMF - SFO

$78 - $201

Questions & Answers

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

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

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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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It takes approximately 3 h 29 min to get from Sacramento to Palo Alto, including transfers.

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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 Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd via Oakland, Ca, Hayward BART Station and Union City BART. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 14 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Sacramento to Palo Alto. However, there are services departing from Sacramento Amtrak and arriving at California Ave Caltrain via Santa Clara Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 29 min.

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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 2 h 49 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Sacramento to Palo Alto via Oakland, Ca, Hayward, Ca, Hayward BART Station, and Union City BART in around 4 h 14 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Sacramento to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
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 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Sacramento Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
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
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre to San Bruno
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
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 Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Hayward, Ca
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $18
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$8 - $12
Flexible
$14 - $18
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Hayward BART Station to Union City BART
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Bus from Union City BART to Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Fairfield and Suisun Transit
Website
fasttransit.org
Bus from 9th St and L St to Pleasant Hill BART Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Schedules at
fasttransit.org
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Yolobus
Phone
+1 530-666-2877
Website
yolobus.com
Bus from Capitol Mall at 7th St. to Terminal A
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
yolobus.com

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