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 2 min

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

$6 - $8

Cheapest option

Night bus  •  2 h 3 min

  1. Take the night bus from Mission St & 5th St to Willow Rd & Blackburn Ave 397

$3 - $5

4 alternative options

Line 398 bus, bus  •  2 h 11 min

  1. Take the line 398 bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Bruno BART-Bay 7 Outer Busway 398
  2. Take the bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway 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 - $70

Questions & Answers

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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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 2 min and costs $6 - $8.

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Union Square to Palo Alto train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Sjd San Jose Station.

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Map of how to get from Union Square to Palo Alto.
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  • Distance: 28.1 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 2 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 every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $6 - $8 and the journey takes 40 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Union Square to Palo Alto via Mission St & 5th St, San Bruno BART-Bay 7 Outer Busway, and San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway in around 2 h 11 min.

Train operators
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Bruno BART-Bay 7 Outer Busway
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from San Bruno BART-Bay 8 Outer Busway to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
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
Assist
$50 - $70
UberX
$50 - $70
WAV
$50 - $70
UberXL
$80 - $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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