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

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

Recommended option

Fly to San Jose  •  2 h 46 min

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

$79 - $334

Cheapest option

Night bus, bus  •  11 h 15 min

  1. Take the night bus from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles to San Jose, CA LA-Oakland

$27 - $40

5 alternative options

Fly to Oakland, BART, line 181 bus  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum to Fremont
  3. Take the line 181 bus from Fremont Bart Station to 1St & Mission

$94 - $366

Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 15 min

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

$81 - $324

Bus  •  9 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9486 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6860 / ...

$53 - $130

Train  •  14 h

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

$98 - $254

Drive  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Jose 463.5 miles

$45 - $70

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to night bus and bus which costs $27 - $40 and takes 11 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is to fly which costs $75 - $340 and takes 2 h 46 min.

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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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It takes approximately 2 h 46 min to get from San Diego to San Jose, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to San Jose. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at San Jose, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 47 min.

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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 Amtrak and arriving at San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h.

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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, you can take a bus from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles, Ca in around 9 h 47 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to Fremont
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Amtrak
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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
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 Amtrak to San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
10 h 1 min
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
Website
vta.org
Bus from Fremont Bart Station to 1St & Mission
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Greyhound USA
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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 Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$17 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
Boltbus

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