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. 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.
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
296 Redwood City Station - East Palo Alto (day time) - Palo Alto (late night)
397 All-Nighter: Palo Alto Station - San Francisco (Transbay Terminal)
ECR Palo Alto Station - Daly City Station
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
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.