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There are 8 ways to get from San Diego to San Jose by plane, subway, train, bus, night bus or car

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Fly to San Jose

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJC)

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, CA to San José, CA

Fly to Oakland, BART

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK)
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum to Berryessa / North San Jose

Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO)
  2. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain

Bus via Glendale

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Jose Downtown

Train

  1. Take the train from San Diego to Los Angeles
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles to San Jose

Night bus

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego to San Jose Downtown

Drive

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Jose

San Diego to San Jose by bus

The bus journey time between San Diego and San Jose is around 31h 7m and covers a distance of around 472 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 21h 15m. The fastest bus normally takes 28h 55m. Operated by FlixBus-us, the San Diego to San Jose bus service departs from San Diego and arrives in San Jose Downtown. Typically five buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average bus journey times

Time on bus:
9h 52m
Layover time:
21h 15m
Total time:
31h 7m

Bus route information

Fastest bus time:
28h 55m
Bus distance:
472 miles
Buses per week:
5
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
94 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
09:40
Last bus departs at:
09:40

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Diego to San Jose bus schedules

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to drive which costs $45 - $70 and takes 7h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to fly which costs $65 - $310 and takes 2h 57m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from San Diego and arriving at San Jose Downtown. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 9h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to San Jose. However, there are services departing from San Diego and arriving at San Jose via Los Angeles. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h.

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The distance between San Diego and San Jose is 419 miles. The road distance is 463.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Jose without a car is to bus via Glendale which takes 10h 50m and costs .

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It takes approximately 2h 57m to get from San Diego to San Jose, including transfers.

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San Diego to San Jose bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from San Diego station.

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San Diego to San Jose train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from San Diego station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to fly which takes 2h 57m and costs $65 - $310. Alternatively, you can bus via Glendale, which costs and takes 10h 50m, you could also train, which costs $85 - $130 and takes 14h.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to San Jose.
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  • Distance: 419.2 miles
  • Duration: 2h 57m

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

Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Diego to San Jose hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles in around 10h 50m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$70 - $330
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 31m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $370
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $320
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $420
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $360
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $370
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Berryessa / North San Jose
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $8
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 14m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
One-way Senior / Disabled / Youth / Medicare Cardholder
$3 - $5
One-way Adult
$7 - $10
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Los Angeles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Bus from Los Angeles to San Jose Downtown
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Night bus from San Diego to San Jose Downtown
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Xe Do Hoang Transportation
Phone
+1 408-729-7885 / +1-888-834-9336
Website
xedohoang.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to San José, CA
Ave. Duration
9h 53m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
xedohoang.com

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The quickest flight from San Diego Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 20m.

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San Diego to San Jose bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at San Jose Downtown station.

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San Diego to San Jose train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to San Jose is 463 miles. It takes approximately 7h 43m to drive from San Diego to San Jose.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Diego Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 246+ hotels available in San Jose. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 15 min and costs $1 - $5.

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