Palo Alto Station
City: Palo Alto | Alma St & University Ave
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.
Points of interest
Caltrain ticket machines and Clipper card readers are located on the train platforms. Riders can purchase new Clipper cards and add values/passes to the card from selected ticket machines at this station. All riders must have a valid paper/mobile ticket, or tagged Clipper card/mobile device before boarding Caltrain. 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.
Stanford Marguerite shuttles serve Stanford University and Hospital and most routes pick up on the driveway by the southbound platform. This is a transfer point between SamTrans (north to San Mateo County), Dumbarton Express (East Bay), and VTA (south to San Jose) systems, which stop at the transit center on the west side of the station. City shuttles load on the west side of the station.
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.
Bike Hub, 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.