Palo Alto in detail
Palo Alto is 20 miles from San Francisco International Airport via Hwy 101 southbound. Expect drive times to double during weekday commuter rush hours.
Caltrain trains arrive at least hourly at the downtown Palo Alto station from San Francisco ($8.25, one hour) and San Jose ($6, 30 minutes).
VTA buses (one-way $2.50, cash only) connect Palo Alto with the rest of Silicon Valley, including San Jose.