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

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

Fly to San Jose, Caltrain  •  4 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Seattle (SEA) to San Jose (SJC) SEA - SJC
  2. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to California Ave Caltrain

$93 - $251

5 alternative options

Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 40 min

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

$99 - $263

Fly to Oakland, BART, bus  •  5 h 33 min

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

$106 - $279

Bus  •  22 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Seattle, Wa to Sacramento, Ca 1431
  2. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca 8309 / ...

$103 - $243

Train  •  24 h 57 min

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

$132 - $370

Drive  •  14 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Seattle to Palo Alto 842.6 miles

$80 - $120

Questions & Answers

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 $90 - $260 and takes 4 h 39 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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It takes approximately 4 h 39 min to get from Seattle to Palo Alto, including transfers.

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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 Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd via Sacramento, Ca, Oakland, Ca, Hayward BART Station and Union City BART. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 h 36 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 Amtrak and arriving at California Ave Caltrain via San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 24 h 57 min.

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

You can take a bus from Seattle to Palo Alto via Sacramento, Ca, Oakland, Ca, Hayward, Ca, Hayward BART Station, and Union City BART in around 22 h 36 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Seattle to Palo Alto once daily. Tickets cost $120 - $370 and the journey takes 24 h 10 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 8 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $450
Flights from Seattle to Oakland
Ave. Duration
2 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Flights from Seattle to Oakland via Portland
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $410
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Seattle to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $480
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $500
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Seattle to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $550
Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to California Ave Caltrain
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
23 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
caltrain.com
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Union City
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
bart.gov
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Seattle King Street Station Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
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 Middlefield Rd:Willow Rd
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Greyhound USA
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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
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $190
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$70 - $120
Flexible
$140 - $190
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35

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