There are 5 ways to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco by train, bus, night bus, taxi or car

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Palo Alto to San Francisco by train

The train journey time between Palo Alto and San Francisco is around 56 min and covers a distance of around 30 miles. The fastest train normally takes 43 min. Operated by Caltrain, the Palo Alto to San Francisco train service departs from Palo Alto Caltrain and arrives in San Francisco Caltrain. Typically 313 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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The cheapest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco is to drive which costs $3-$5 and takes 37 min.

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The quickest way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco is to taxi which costs $180-$220 and takes 37 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from University Ave & Lincoln Ave and arriving at 11th St & Market St.. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Palo Alto Caltrain and arriving at San Francisco Caltrain. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h 5m.

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The distance between Palo Alto and San Francisco is 28 miles. The road distance is 32.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1h 5m and costs $3-$9.

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The Caltrain from Palo Alto Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain takes 1h 5m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Palo Alto to San Francisco bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 station.

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

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The best way to get from Palo Alto to San Francisco is to Caltrain which takes 1h 5m and costs $3-$9. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $4-$10 and takes 2h 46m.

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