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

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Caltrain  •  1 h 18 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Sunnyvale Caltrain Local / ...

$8 - $11

Cheapest option

Bus, line 522 bus  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Mission St & 9th St to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave 398
  2. Take the bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr
  3. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to El Camino & Hollenbeck 22 / ...

$7 - $12

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  42 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Francisco to Sunnyvale 40.4 miles

$220 - $270

Drive  •  42 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco to Sunnyvale 40.4 miles

$4 - $6

Uber  •  42 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Francisco to Sunnyvale 40.4 miles

$60 - $80

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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Sunnyvale is to drive which costs $4 - $6 and takes 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco to Sunnyvale is to taxi which costs $220 - $270 and takes 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco to Sunnyvale. However, there are services departing from Mission St & 9th St and arriving at El Camino & Hollenbeck via El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave and Palo Alto Caltrain Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Sunnyvale Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 18 min.

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The distance between San Francisco and Sunnyvale is 35 miles. The road distance is 40.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Sunnyvale without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 18 min and costs $8 - $11.

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The Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Sunnyvale Caltrain takes 1 h 18 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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San Francisco to Sunnyvale bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Mission St & 9th St station.

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San Francisco to Sunnyvale train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Francisco Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco to Sunnyvale is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 18 min and costs $8 - $11. Alternatively, you can bus and line 522 bus, which costs $7 - $12 and takes 2 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco to Sunnyvale.
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  • Distance: 35.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 18 min

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

Caltrain operates a train from San Francisco to Sunnyvale hourly. Tickets cost $8 - $11 and the journey takes 1 h 18 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco to Sunnyvale via El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave and Palo Alto Caltrain Station in around 2 h 35 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 9th St to El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & San Carlos Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to El Camino & Hollenbeck
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Francisco to Sunnyvale
Ave. Duration
42 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$60 - $80
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uber.com
UberPool
$50 - $70
Assist
$60 - $80
UberX
$60 - $80
WAV
$60 - $80
UberXL
$90 - $120
Select
$130 - $170
Black
$170 - $220
Black SUV
$190 - $250
Taxi from San Francisco to Sunnyvale
Ave. Duration
42 min
Estimated price
$220 - $270
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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San Francisco to Sunnyvale bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, arrive at El Camino & Hollenbeck station.

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San Francisco to Sunnyvale train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Sunnyvale Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco to Sunnyvale is 40 miles. It takes approximately 42 min to drive from San Francisco to Sunnyvale.

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