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.

Points of interest

Caltrain

Caltrain schedule

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 511.org

Bus

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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.

Dumbarton Express
Union City Station - Stanford University

Palo Alto Shuttle
Palo Alto Station - Stevenson House
Palo Alto Station - Harbor Place

SamTrans
Palo Alto Station - Daly City Station, (Owl) SFO - Daly City
East Palo Alto (Purdue and Fordham) - Stanford Shopping Center
Onetta Harris Community Center - Stanford Shopping Center
Redwood City Station - East Palo Alto (day time) - Palo Alto (late night)
All-Nighter: Palo Alto Station - San Francisco (Salesforce Transit Center)

Stanford Marguerite
Counter-clockwise loop: Stanford University - Downtown Palo Alto (Night)
Clockwise loop: Stanford University - Downtown Palo Alto (Night)
Caltrain - Oval express
Palo Alto Station - Stanford Industrial Park
Palo Alto Station - SLAC
Shopping Express: Palo Alto Station - San Antonio Shopping Center via Stanford (Night and weekend)
Counter-clockwise loop: Palo Alto Station - Stanford University - Hospital - Shopping Center
Clockwise loop: Palo Alto Station - Stanford University - Hospital - Shopping Center

VTA
Eastridge Transit Center - Palo Alto Station
Stanford Shopping Center - Mountain View Station
Rapid: Eastridge Transit Center - Palo Alto Station

Parking

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.

Bicycle

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.