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

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Fly to San Jose  •  2 h 45 min

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

$79 - $334

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Amtrak Thruway, bus  •  10 h 10 min

  1. Take the Amtrak Thruway from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA 5818
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Jose, CA

$30 - $45

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Fly to Oakland, bus  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the bus from Hayward, Ca to San Jose, Ca

$100 - $384

Fly to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4 h 44 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

$83 - $330

Bus  •  10 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 9480 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6860 / ...

$53 - $131

Train, bus  •  10 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Pacific Surfliner
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, CA to San Jose, CA

$63 - $119

Train  •  13 h 59 min

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

$98 - $254

Drive  •  7 h 46 min

  1. Drive from San Diego to San Jose 463.5 miles

$45 - $70

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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 10 h 10 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 and arriving at San Jose Diridon Station via Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 59 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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The best way to get from San Diego to San Jose without a car is to Amtrak Thruway and bus which takes 10 h 10 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 2 h 45 min 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 2 h 45 min and costs . Alternatively, you can Amtrak Thruway and bus, which costs and takes 10 h 10 min, you could also train, which costs and takes 13 h 59 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from San Diego to San Jose.
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  • Distance: 419.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 45 min

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

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and two other 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 10 h 10 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from San Diego to Oakland
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 31 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 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 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Diego to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1 h 37 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 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
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
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 Hayward, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $21
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $14
Flexible
$16 - $21
Bus from San Diego, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$35 - $60
Flexible
$70 - $90
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
Bus from San Diego, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com

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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 7 h 46 min 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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Book your San Diego to San Jose bus tickets online with Greyhound and Greyhound.

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There are 339+ hotels available in San Jose. Prices start at $103 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 9 min and costs .

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