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There are 6 ways to get from Union Square to Palo Alto by train, bus, night bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  1 h 22 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain Local / ...

$7 - $9

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  2 h 16 min

  1. Take the night bus from Mission St & 5th St to University Ave & Lincoln Ave 397

$3 - $5

4 alternative options

Bus  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 9 to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr

$4 - $7

Taxi  •  37 min

  1. Take a taxi from Union Square to Palo Alto 33.7 miles

$180 - $230

Drive  •  37 min

  1. Drive from Union Square to Palo Alto 33.7 miles

$3 - $5

Uber  •  37 min

  1. Take an Uber from Union Square to Palo Alto 33.7 miles

$50 - $65

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The cheapest way to get from Union Square to Palo Alto is to night bus which costs $3 - $5 and takes 2 h 16 min.

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

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Mission St & 5th St and arriving at University Ave & Lincoln Ave. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 7 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Francisco Caltrain and arriving at Palo Alto Caltrain. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h.

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The distance between Union Square and Palo Alto is 28 miles. The road distance is 33.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Union Square to Palo Alto without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 22 min and costs $7 - $9.

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The Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to Palo Alto Caltrain takes 1 h including transfers and departs hourly.

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Union Square to Palo Alto bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from San Bruno BART-Bay 9 station.

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Union Square to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Francisco Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from Union Square to Palo Alto is to Caltrain which takes 1 h 22 min and costs $7 - $9. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $4 - $7 and takes 2 h 21 min.

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  • Distance: 28.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 22 min

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

Caltrain operates a train from Union Square to Palo Alto hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $9 and the journey takes 1 h. Alternatively, SamTrans operates a bus from Union Square to Palo Alto every 5 minutes. Tickets cost $2 - $4 and the journey takes 1 h 42 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 9 to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Night bus from Mission St & 5th St to University Ave & Lincoln Ave
Ave. Duration
2 h 7 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 - $65
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uber.com
UberPool
$40 - $55
Assist
$50 - $65
UberX
$50 - $65
WAV
$50 - $65
UberXL
$75 - $100
Select
$110 - $140
Black
$150 - $190
Black SUV
$160 - $210
Taxi from Union Square to Palo Alto
Ave. Duration
37 min
Estimated price
$180 - $230
SF Green Cab
Phone
+1 415-626-4733
Website
greencabsf.com
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

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Union Square to Palo Alto bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 station.

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Union Square to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Palo Alto Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Union Square to Palo Alto is 34 miles. It takes approximately 37 min to drive from Union Square to Palo Alto.

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