There are 10 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto by train, bus, taxi, car, towncar or shuttle

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Caltrain  •  35 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Local / ...

$5 - $7

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Bus  •  1 h 27 min

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

$2 - $4

8 alternative options

Line 398 bus, bus  •  1 h 7 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

$5 - $6

Caltrain via California Ave Caltrain  •  1 h 21 min

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

$7 - $10

Line 292 bus, bus  •  1 h 46 min

  1. Take the line 292 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to El Camino Real & Hillsdale Blvd 292 / ...
  2. Take the bus from El Camino Real & Hillsdale Blvd to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr

$4 - $6

Taxi  •  23 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto 20.5 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  23 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto 20.5 miles

$2 - $3

Towncar  •  23 min

  1. Take a town car from San Francisco Airport to Palo Alto 20.5 miles

$110 - $150

Shuttle  •  23 min

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

$45 - $65

Uber  •  23 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto 20.5 miles

$30 - $45

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from El Camino Real & Meadow Glen Ave and arriving at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 27 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Millbrae Caltrain and arriving at Palo Alto Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 35 min.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Palo Alto is 18 miles. The road distance is 20.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto without a car is to Caltrain which takes 35 min and costs .

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The Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain takes 35 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from Millbrae Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto is to Caltrain which takes 35 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 398 bus and bus, which costs and takes 1 h 7 min.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Palo Alto Caltrain station.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto.
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  • Distance: 18.2 miles
  • Duration: 35 min

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

Caltrain operates a train from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $7 and the journey takes 35 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B and Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A in around 1 h 7 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to California Ave Caltrain
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
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 El Camino Real & Meadow Glen Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to El Camino Real & Hillsdale Blvd
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & Hillsdale Blvd to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Every 15 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 Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$30 - $45
UberX
$30 - $45
WAV
$30 - $45
UberXL
$45 - $65
Select
$65 - $90
Black
$90 - $120
Black SUV
$100 - $130
Taxi from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
23 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
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
23 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from San Francisco Airport to Palo Alto
Estimated price
$110 - $150
Shuttle from San Francisco Airport to Palo Alto
Estimated price
$45 - $65

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto is 21 miles. It takes approximately 23 min to drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Palo Alto.

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