Road transport is the most well-developed form of transport in and out of Palakkad. It is well connected by road to other major cities in Kerala and the nearby states. Coimbatore is the nearest big city and is well connected by buses operated by the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments. There are also buses and taxis operated by private companies that ply on different routes. Cars for hire are rare and so need to be booked in advance.
Palakkad has two railway stations - Palakkad junction for the broad gauge line and Palakkad Town Railway station for the narrow gauge line. The cities and towns of Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Mangalore, Kozhikode and Ernakulam are connected through Palakkad junction and Pollachi, Dindigul and Madurai are connected through the Palakkad Town Railway station.