There are 5 ways to get from San Jose to Palo Alto by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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

Caltrain  •  28 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to California Ave Caltrain Local / ...

$4 - $6

Cheapest option

Line 522 bus  •  1 h 9 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from Santa Clara & 1St to El Camino & California 22 / ...

$2

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  20 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Jose to Palo Alto 17.1 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  20 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to Palo Alto 17.1 miles

$1 - $3

Uber  •  20 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Jose to Palo Alto 17.1 miles

$29 - $40

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose to Palo Alto is to line 522 bus which costs $2 and takes 1 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to Palo Alto is to taxi which costs $95 - $120 and takes 20 min.

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The distance between San Jose and Palo Alto is 15 miles. The road distance is 17.1 miles.

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The Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to California Ave Caltrain takes 28 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Clara & 1St and arriving at El Camino & California. Services depart every 10 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 9 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Jose Diridon Caltrain and arriving at California Ave Caltrain. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 28 min.

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What companies run services between San Jose, CA, USA and Palo Alto, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from San Jose to Palo Alto every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $4 - $6 and the journey takes 28 min. Alternatively, Santa Clara VTA operates a bus from San Jose to Palo Alto every 10 minutes. Tickets cost $2 and the journey takes 1 h 9 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to California Ave 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 Santa Clara & 1St to El Camino & California
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Jose to Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$65 - $85
ASSIST
$29 - $40
uberX
$29 - $40
WAV
$29 - $40
uberXL
$40 - $55
SELECT
$55 - $75
BLACK
$75 - $100
SUV
$85 - $110
Taxi from San Jose to Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
20 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Lucky 7 Cab
Phone
+1 408-347-0777
Website
lucky7cab.com

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