There are 7 ways to get from San Diego to San Jose by plane, subway, train, bus or car

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Fly to San Jose  •  2h 50m

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

$44 - $258

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Bus  •  11h 50m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, CA to San Jose, CA - State University Return / ...

$23 - $70

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Fly to Oakland, BART  •  4h 16m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Oakland Coliseum - OAC to Warm Springs / South Fremont

$70 - $350

Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4h 31m

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

$65 - $196

Bus via San Diego, CA  •  11h 56m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, CA to San José, CA - King Rd San Diego / ...

$49 - $88

Train  •  14h

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station Coast Starlight

$86 - $123

Drive  •  7h 42m

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Jose 463.4 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to bus which costs $23 - $70 and takes 11h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to fly which costs $40 - $260 and takes 2h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Diego, CA and arriving at San Jose, CA - State University. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 11h 50m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to San Jose station. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at San Jose Diridon Station via Los Angeles Union Station. 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 463.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Jose without a car is to bus which takes 11h 50m and costs $23 - $70.

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It takes approximately 2h 50m to get from San Diego to San Jose, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to fly which takes 2h 50m and costs $40 - $260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $23 - $70 and takes 11h 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 50m

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and American Airlines fly from San Diego to San Jose hourly. Alternatively, Greyhound USA operates a bus from San Diego, CA to San Jose, CA - State University once daily. Tickets cost $50 - $70 and the journey takes 11h 50m. Flixbus USA also services this route twice daily.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $430
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Flights from San Diego to Oakland via Las Vegas
Ave. Duration
3h 37m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$80 - $230
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $240
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $180
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $250
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $190
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Oakland Coliseum - OAC to Warm Springs / South Fremont
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
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 Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2h 59m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Premium
$190 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$45 - $75
Business Seat
$45 - $70
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$55 - $80
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Premium
$240 - $330
Flexi Coach Seat
$100 - $150
Business Seat
$100 - $150
Bus operators
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to San Jose, CA - State University
Ave. Duration
11h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $70
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$50 - $70
Flexible
$80 - $120
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Santa Fe Depot to Downtown San Jose
Ave. Duration
9h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Hoang Express
Website
gotobus.com
Bus from San Diego, CA to San José, CA - King Rd
Ave. Duration
9h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Book at
gotobus.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 20m
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 15m.

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San Diego to San Jose bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Jose, CA - State University station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to San Jose is 463 miles. It takes approximately 7h 42m to drive from San Diego to San Jose.

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

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Book your San Diego to San Jose train tickets online with Omio and Omio.

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

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There are 513+ 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 14 min and costs $2 - $3.

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