There are 5 ways to get from Union Square to Palo Alto by train, night 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  •  1 h 2 min

  1. Bullet / ...

$6 - $8

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  2 h 3 min

  1. 397

$3 - $5

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  37 min

  1. 33.7 miles

$180 - $230

Drive  •  37 min

  1. 33.7 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  37 min

  1. 33.7 miles

$50 - $70

What companies run services between Union Square, CA, USA and Palo Alto, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from Union Square to Palo Alto every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $6 - $8 and the journey takes 40 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $8
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Night bus from Mission St & 5th St to Willow Rd & Blackburn Ave
Ave. Duration
1 h 54 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Union Square to Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$70 - $90
ASSIST
$50 - $70
uberX
$50 - $70
WAV
$50 - $70
uberXL
$75 - $100
SELECT
$110 - $140
BLACK
$150 - $190
SUV
$160 - $210
Taxi from Union Square to Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$180 - $230
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
SF Green Cab
Phone
+1 415-626-4733
Website
greencabsf.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Union Square and Palo Alto is 45 km. The road distance is 54 km.

The cheapest way to get from Union Square to Palo Alto is to night bus which costs $3 - $5 and takes 2 h 3 min.

The quickest way to get from Union Square to Palo Alto is to taxi which takes 37 min and costs $180 - $230.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Palo Alto Caltrain. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 40 min.

Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Mission St & 5th St and arriving at Willow Rd & Blackburn Ave. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 54 min.

The Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain takes 40 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.