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

  Palo Alto Crosstown Shuttle    Palo Alto Station - Stevenson House

  Palo Alto Embarcadero Shuttle    Palo Alto Station - Harbor Place

  Deer Creek Shuttle    Palo Alto Station/California Ave. Station - Stanford Industrial Park

  East Palo Alto Community Shuttle    Palo Alto Station - East Palo Alto (Woodland/Bayshore area)


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 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.

Bay Area Bike Share operates a self-service bike share station near the station.

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