There are 5 ways to get from San Francisco to Mountain View by train, night bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  47 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Mountain View Caltrain Bullet / ...

$7 - $10

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  2 h 33 min

  1. Take the night bus from 11th St & Market St. to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 397

$6

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  40 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Francisco to Mountain View 37.8 miles

$210 - $250

Drive  •  40 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Mountain View 37.8 miles

$3 - $6

Uber  •  40 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco to Mountain View 37.8 miles

$60 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Mountain View is to drive which costs $3 - $6 and takes 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Mountain View is to taxi which costs $210 - $250 and takes 40 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Mountain View is 33 miles. The road distance is 37.8 miles.

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The Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Mountain View Caltrain takes 47 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Mountain View. However, there are services departing from 11th St & Market St. and arriving at El Camino & Castro via Palo Alto Caltrain Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Mountain View Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 47 min.

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What companies run services between San Francisco, CA, USA and Mountain View, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from San Francisco to Mountain View hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $10 and the journey takes 47 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Mountain View Caltrain
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Night bus from 11th St & Market St. to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco to Mountain View
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$60 - $80
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$75 - $95
ASSIST
$60 - $80
uberX
$60 - $80
WAV
$60 - $80
uberXL
$85 - $110
SELECT
$120 - $160
BLACK
$170 - $210
SUV
$180 - $240
Taxi from San Francisco to Mountain View
Ave. Duration
40 min
Estimated price
$210 - $250
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

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