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

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Caltrain  •  28 min

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

$5 - $7

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Line 522 bus  •  1 h 4 min

  1. Take the line 522 bus from Santa Clara & Cahill 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

$28 - $40

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Santa Clara & Cahill and arriving at El Camino & California. Services depart every 10 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 4 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 hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 28 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 best way to get from San Jose to Palo Alto without a car is to Caltrain which takes 28 min and costs .

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

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San Jose to Palo Alto bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, depart from Santa Clara & Cahill station.

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San Jose to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Jose Diridon Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Jose to Palo Alto is to Caltrain which takes 28 min and costs . Alternatively, you can line 522 bus, which costs and takes 1 h 4 min.

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San Jose to Palo Alto bus services, operated by Santa Clara VTA, arrive at El Camino & California station.

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San Jose to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at California Ave Caltrain station.

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  • Distance: 15.4 miles
  • Duration: 28 min

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

Caltrain operates a train from San Jose to Palo Alto hourly. Tickets cost $5 - $7 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 4 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to California Ave Caltrain
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Santa Clara & Cahill to El Camino & California
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
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
$28 - $40
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$28 - $40
UberX
$28 - $40
WAV
$28 - $40
UberXL
$40 - $55
Select
$55 - $75
Black
$75 - $95
Black 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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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to Palo Alto is 17 miles. It takes approximately 20 min to drive from San Jose to Palo Alto.

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