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

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Fly San Diego to San Jose  •  2h 51m

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

$79 - $338

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  10h 54m

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

$20 - $36

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Train to Carlsbad, fly to San Jose  •  4h 23m

  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 Oakland, train  •  4h 36m

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Oakland (OAK) SAN - OAK
  2. Take the train from Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak

$111 - $404

Fly San Diego to San Francisco, Caltrain  •  4h 53m

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

$83 - $328

Bus Xe Do Hoang Transportation  •  12h 25m

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

$84 - $88

Train  •  14h 22m

  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

$101 - $284

Drive  •  7h 52m

  1. Drive from San Diego to Santa Clara 467.9 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Santa Clara is to bus which costs $20 - $40 and takes 10h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Santa Clara is to fly which costs $75 - $340 and takes 2h 51m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Santa Clara. However, there are services departing from Broadway & 1st Av and arriving at El Camino & Scott via San Diego and Eastridge Transit Center. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 54m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Diego to Santa Clara. However, there are services departing from San Diego Santa Fe Depot and arriving at Santa Clara Caltrain via Los Angeles Union Station and San Jose Diridon Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14h 22m.

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The distance between San Diego and Santa Clara is 422 miles. The road distance is 467.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Santa Clara without a car is to bus which takes 10h 54m and costs $20 - $40.

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It takes approximately 2h 51m to get from San Diego to Santa Clara, including transfers.

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San Diego to Santa Clara bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, depart from San Diego station.

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San Diego to Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara is to fly which takes 2h 51m and costs $75 - $340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $20 - $40 and takes 10h 54m, you could also train, which costs $100 - $290 and takes 14h 22m.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Santa Clara.
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  • Distance: 422.1 miles
  • Duration: 2h 51m

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

Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Diego to Santa Clara hourly. Alternatively, Flixbus USA operates a bus from San Diego to Santa Clara 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
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 Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak to Santa Clara Amtrak
Ave. Duration
51m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $45
Room
$130 - $190
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
Caltrain
Bus operators
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
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
$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 Santa Clara bus services, operated by Flixbus USA, arrive at San Jose station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Santa Clara is 468 miles. It takes approximately 7h 52m to drive from San Diego to Santa Clara.

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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 449+ hotels available in Santa Clara. 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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