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

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Fly San Diego to San Jose  •  2h 45m

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

$79 - $338

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  10h 35m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego to San Jose FlixBus

$20 - $36

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Fly San Diego to Oakland, BART, line 181 bus  •  3h 59m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
  3. Take the line 181 bus from Warm Springs BART to 2nd & Saint John

$95 - $370

Train to Carlsbad, fly to San Jose  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Encinitas Station
  2. Fly from Carlsbad (CLD) to San Jose (SJC) CLD - SJC

$36 - $239

Fly San Diego to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4h 52m

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

$83 - $330

Bus Megabus  •  11h 10m

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, CA to San Jose, CA

$46 - $85

Train  •  13h 56m

  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

$98 - $254

Drive  •  7h 46m

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Jose 463.5 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to bus which costs $20 - $40 and takes 10h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to fly which costs $75 - $340 and takes 2h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to San Jose. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 1st Av and arriving at Santa Clara & 1st via San Diego and Eastridge Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 35m.

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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 13h 56m.

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The distance between San Diego and San Jose is 419 miles. The road distance is 463.5 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Jose without a car is to bus which takes 10h 35m and costs $20 - $40.

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It takes approximately 2h 45m to get from San Diego to San Jose, including transfers.

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San Diego to San Jose bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Diego 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 45m and costs $75 - $340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $20 - $40 and takes 10h 35m, you could also train, which costs $95 - $260 and takes 13h 56m.

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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 45m

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, Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Diego to San Jose twice daily. Tickets cost $16 - $28 and the journey takes 8h 50m.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to Oakland via Reno
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
California Pacific Airlines
Website
mycpair.com
Flights from Carlsbad to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$30 - $230
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum BART Station to Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station
Ave. Duration
33m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
North County Transit
Website
gonctd.com
Train from San Diego - Santa Fe Depot to Encinitas Station
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
gonctd.com
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 55m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Jose Diridon Station
Ave. Duration
10h 1m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Warm Springs BART to 2nd & Saint John
Ave. Duration
22m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
8h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
flixbus.com
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 Diego, Ca to Anaheim, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35

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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 USA, arrive at San Jose 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 46m 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 382+ hotels available in San Jose. Prices start at $99 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 9m and costs $2 - $3.

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