There are 7 ways to get from San Rafael to San Jose by bus, train, night bus, car or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Line 101 bus, bus  •  2 h 9 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Salesforce Transit Center 101 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6853 / ...

$15 - $31

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Line 101 bus, Caltrain  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Mission St & 5th St 101 / ...
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Local / ...

$16 - $20

Train  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Richmond Transit Station to San Jose Diridon Station Capitol Corridor

$30 - $56

Marin Airporter, line 292 bus, line 522 bus  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take the Marin Airporter from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
  2. Take the line 292 bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to El Camino Real & Hillsdale Blvd 292 / ...
  3. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & 2Nd 522 / ...

$26 - $29

Line 1481 night bus, night bus  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Take the line 1481 night bus from San Rafael to Oakland, Ca 1481
  2. Take the night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6739 / ...

$20 - $43

Drive  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Drive from San Rafael to San Jose 62.7 miles

$6 - $9

Uber  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Rafael to San Jose 62.7 miles

$95 - $130

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from San Rafael to San Jose. However, there are services departing from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A and arriving at San Jose, Ca via San Francisco, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 9 min.

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The distance between San Rafael and San Jose is 56 miles. The road distance is 62.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Rafael to San Jose without a car is to line 101 bus and bus which takes 2 h 9 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 9 min to get from San Rafael to San Jose, including transfers.

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San Rafael to San Jose bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Rafael station.

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The best way to get from San Rafael to San Jose is to line 101 bus and bus which takes 2 h 9 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 3 h 34 min.

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San Rafael to San Jose bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Jose, Ca station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Rafael to San Jose is 63 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 8 min to drive from San Rafael to San Jose.

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Book your San Rafael to San Jose bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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Map of how to get from San Rafael to San Jose.
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  • Distance: 56.3 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 9 min

What companies run services between San Rafael, CA, USA and San Jose, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Rafael to San Jose via Salesforce Transit Center and San Francisco, Ca in around 2 h 9 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from San Rafael to San Jose every 4 hours. Tickets cost $25 - $50 and the journey takes 1 h 41 min.

Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Richmond Transit Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$25 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$35 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
Bus operators
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Salesforce Transit Center
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Mission St & 5th St
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25
Night bus from San Rafael to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$15 - $19
Night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
Marin Airporter
Website
marinairporter.com
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $21
Schedules at
marinairporter.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to El Camino Real & Hillsdale Blvd
Ave. Duration
52 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & 2Nd
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Rafael to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$95 - $130
UberX
$95 - $130
WAV
$95 - $130
UberXL
$140 - $190
Select
$200 - $260
Black
$280 - $350
Black SUV
$310 - $390

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