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There are 6 ways to get from Seattle to Palo Alto by plane, train, subway, bus or car

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Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO) SEA - SFO
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain

$100 - $264

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Fly to San Jose  •  5 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to San Jose (SJC) SEA - SJC

$94 - $252

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Fly to Oakland, BART, bus  •  5 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to Oakland (OAK) SEA - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Union City BART Station
  3. Take the bus from Union City BART to University Av:Middlefield Rd

$106 - $279

Bus  •  23 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Mission St & 1st St to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 398

$95 - $227

Train  •  25 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Seattle King Street Station to San Jose Diridon Station Coast Starlight

$133 - $371

Drive  •  14 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Seattle to Palo Alto 842.6 miles

$80 - $120

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The cheapest way to get from Seattle to Palo Alto is to drive which costs $80 - $120 and takes 14 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Seattle to Palo Alto is to fly and Caltrain which costs $100 - $270 and takes 4 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Seattle to Palo Alto. However, there are services departing from Seattle, Wa and arriving at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 via Sacramento, Ca, Mission St & 1st St and Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 53 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Seattle station to Palo Alto. However, there are services departing from Seattle King Street Station and arriving at California Ave Caltrain via San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 25 h 9 min.

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The distance between Seattle and Palo Alto is 706 miles. The road distance is 842.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Palo Alto without a car is to bus which takes 23 h 53 min and costs $90 - $230.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Seattle to Palo Alto, including transfers.

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Seattle to Palo Alto bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Seattle, Wa station.

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Seattle to Palo Alto train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Seattle King Street Station.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Palo Alto is to fly which takes 5 h 1 min and costs $90 - $260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $90 - $230 and takes 23 h 53 min, you could also train, which costs $130 - $380 and takes 25 h 9 min.

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Map of how to get from Seattle to Palo Alto.
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  • Distance: 706.5 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 47 min

What companies run services between Seattle, WA, USA and Palo Alto, CA, USA?

Southwest Airlines, Delta and two other airlines fly from Seattle to Palo Alto hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Seattle to Palo Alto via Sacramento, Ca, San Francisco, Ca, Mission St & 1st St, Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B, and Redwood City Caltrain-Lane A in around 23 h 53 min.

Airlines
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from Seattle to Oakland via Portland
Ave. Duration
3 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Union City BART Station
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Seattle King Street Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
24 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$120 - $190
Flexi Coach Seat
$220 - $320
Business Coach Seat
$260 - $370
Room
$500 - $700
Bus operators
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Union City BART to University Av:Middlefield Rd
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 1st St to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com

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The quickest flight from Seattle Airport to San Francisco Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 2 min.

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Seattle to Palo Alto bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B station.

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Seattle to Palo Alto train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Seattle to Palo Alto is 843 miles. It takes approximately 14 h 25 min to drive from Seattle to Palo Alto.

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Delta, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. offer flights from Seattle Airport to San Francisco Airport.

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There are 419+ hotels available in Palo Alto. Prices start at $103 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Seattle to Seattle Airport is to tram which takes 34 min and costs $2 - $4.

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