There are 9 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos by train, bus, taxi, car, towncar or shuttle

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Caltrain, line 52 bus  •  1 h 17 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Mountain View Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the line 52 bus from Mountain View Caltrain Station to El Monte & Clark 52

$8 - $10

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Caltrain, line 522 bus  •  1 h 57 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Bullet / ...
  2. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to El Camino & Showers 522 / ...

$11 - $14

Line 398 bus, bus, line 522 bus  •  2 h 8 min

  1. Take the line 398 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 398
  2. Take the bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr
  3. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to El Camino & Showers 522 / ...

$9 - $10

Line 292 bus, Caltrain  •  2 h 19 min

  1. Take the line 292 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to S Delaware St & Cypress Ave 292
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Mateo Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Local / ...

$10 - $13

Taxi  •  28 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos 25.2 miles

$140 - $170

Drive  •  28 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos 25.2 miles

$2 - $4

Towncar  •  28 min

  1. Take a town car from San Francisco Airport to Los Altos 25.2 miles

$120 - $170

Shuttle  •  28 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from San Francisco Airport to Los Altos

$50 - $75

Uber  •  28 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos 25.2 miles

$40 - $55

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos is to drive which costs $2 - $4 and takes 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos is to taxi which costs $140 - $170 and takes 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos. However, there are services departing from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level and arriving at San Antonio & Almond via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A, Palo Alto Caltrain Station and Showers & El Camino. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 8 min.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Los Altos is 22 miles. The road distance is 25.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos without a car is to Caltrain and line 52 bus which takes 1 h 17 min and costs $8 - $10.

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It takes approximately 1 h 17 min to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos, including transfers.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, arrive at El Camino & Showers station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos is 25 miles. It takes approximately 28 min to drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos.

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There are 465+ hotels available in Los Altos. Prices start at $106 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos.
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  • Distance: 22.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 17 min

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

You can take a bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B, Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A, Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1, Palo Alto Caltrain Station, El Camino & Showers, and Showers & El Camino in around 2 h 8 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to Mountain View Caltrain
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from San Mateo Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Mountain View Caltrain Station to El Monte & Clark
Ave. Duration
10 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to El Camino & Showers
Ave. Duration
17 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
18 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to S Delaware St & Cypress Ave
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$40 - $55
UberX
$40 - $55
WAV
$40 - $55
UberXL
$60 - $75
Select
$85 - $110
Black
$110 - $140
Black SUV
$120 - $160
Taxi from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Los Altos
Ave. Duration
28 min
Estimated price
$140 - $170
SF Green Cab
Phone
+1 415-626-4733
Website
greencabsf.com
https://www.sfmta.com/
Website
sfmta.com
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 415.333.3333
Website
yellowcabsf.com
Taxi Bay Area
Phone
+1 408-541-1515
Website
taxibayarea.com
Jayride
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from San Francisco Airport to Los Altos
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Shuttle from San Francisco Airport to Los Altos
Estimated price
$50 - $75

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