Palo Alto Station

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Accessible Available by the bus plaza   City: Palo Alto |  Alma St & University Ave

Directions to and from Palo Alto Station  |  Nearby


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Palo Alto Station is a gateway to Stanford University. It is also the main transfer point between SamTrans and VTA buses as it is located near the county border of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.


This station is served by Caltrain local/limited stop and Baby Bullet trains.

Caltrain ticket machines and Clipper card readers are located on the train platforms. All riders must have a valid ticket or tagged Clipper Card before boarding Caltrain and train crews may inspect for fares onboard. Riders using Clipper should "tag off" after exiting the train.

This station features side platforms. Use pedestrian tunnels to get from one platform to another.

Southbound to San Jose/Gilroy Northbound to San Francisco
Real time departures:
Next Station: California Avenue Next Station: Menlo Park

Caltrain service advisoryData provided by


All buses stop at the bus plaza.


Bus service to East Palo Alto and cities north of Palo Alto.

280 East Palo Alto (Purdue and Fordham) - Stanford Shopping Center

281 Onetta Harris Community Center - Stanford Shopping Center

297 Night: Palo Alto Station - Redwood City Station

397 All-Nighter: Palo Alto Station - San Francisco (Transbay Terminal)

ECR Palo Alto Station - Daly City Station


Bus service to areas south of the station.

22 Eastridge Transit Center - Palo Alto Station

35 Stanford Shopping Center - Mountain View Station

522 Rapid: Eastridge Transit Center - Palo Alto Station

Dumbarton Express

DB Union City Station - Stanford University


Stanford Marguerite

Serving Stanford University and Hospital. Most Marguerite shuttles stop on the driveway by the southbound platform:

N Counter-clockwise loop: Stanford University - Downtown Palo Alto (Night)

O Clockwise loop: Stanford University - Downtown Palo Alto (Night)

P Caltrain - Oval express

RP Palo Alto Station - Stanford Industrial Park

S Palo Alto Station - SLAC

SE Shopping Express: Palo Alto Station - San Antonio Shopping Center via Stanford (Night and weekend)

X Counter-clockwise loop: Palo Alto Station - Stanford University - Hospital - Shopping Center

Y Clockwise loop: Palo Alto Station - Stanford University - Hospital - Shopping Center

City/employer shuttles

Menlo Park Midday Shuttle Menlo Park Senior Center - Downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto Crosstown Shuttle Palo Alto Station - Stevenson House

Palo Alto Embarcadero Shuttle Palo Alto Station - Harbor Place


Parking is available east and west of the Caltrain tracks. Parking on the east side of the tracks is accessible from Alma Ave. Parking on the west side is accessible from University Ave at El Camino Real.

Parking requires a $5.50 daily fee or a Caltrain monthly parking permit. To pay the daily parking fee, remember the stall number and pay at the Caltrain ticket machines located on the station platforms.


This station features bike racks and 96 bike lockers located throughout the station area. Call Caltrain at 650-508-6350 for locker information.

Bikestation, located at the main station building, offers shared indoor bike storage to subscribed members.

Across the street from the station, the parking garage on Alma and Hamilton offers paid secured bike storage. BikeLink card is required.

Ford GoBike operates a self-service bike share station near the station.

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