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There are 6 ways to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  1h 29m

  1. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Ltd B / ...

$14 - $18

5 alternative options

Line 398 bus, line 2065 bus  •  2h 8m

  1. Take the line 398 bus from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B 398
  2. Take the line 2065 bus from Redwood City Station to San Jose Downtown 2065

Bus, line 22 bus  •  2h 54m

  1. Take the bus from El Camino Real & Victoria Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 Ecr
  2. Take the line 22 bus from Palo Alto Transit Center to Santa Clara & 1st 22 / ...

$14 - $18

Taxi  •  39 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose 36.4 miles

$200 - $250

Drive  •  39 min

  1. Drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose 36.4 miles

$3 - $6

Towncar  •  39 min

  1. Take a town car from San Francisco Airport to Downtown San Jose 36.4 miles

$150 - $210

San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose by subway and train

The journey time between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Downtown San Jose is around 1h 25m and covers a distance of around 35 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 13m. Operated by BART and Caltrain, the San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose service departs from San Francisco International Airport and arrives in San Jose Diridon Caltrain. Typically 184 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 25m
Fastest journey time:
1h 13m
Journey distance:
35 miles
Services per week:
184
Cheapest price:
$14
Carbon emissions:
2 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
00:04
Last service departs at:
23:04

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose subway and train schedules

San Francisco Airport (SFO) → Downtown San Jose
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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Downtown San Jose is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Downtown San Jose is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Downtown San Jose is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

Last updated: 22 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose is to drive which costs $3 - $6 and takes 39 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose is to taxi which costs $200 - $250 and takes 39 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose. However, there are services departing from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level and arriving at San Jose Downtown via Redwood City Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 8m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose. However, there are services departing from San Francisco International Airport and arriving at San Jose Diridon Caltrain via Millbrae Caltrain. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 29m.

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The distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) and Downtown San Jose is 34 miles. The road distance is 36.4 miles.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1h 29m and costs $13 - $19.

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It takes approximately 1h 29m to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose, including transfers.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose bus services, operated by SamTrans, depart from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from Millbrae Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose is to Caltrain which takes 1h 29m and costs $13 - $19. Alternatively, you can line 398 bus and line 2065 bus, which costs and takes 2h 8m.

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Map of how to get from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose.
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  • Distance: 33.9 miles
  • Duration: 1h 29m

What companies run services between San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA and Downtown San Jose, CA, USA?

Caltrain operates a train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $10 and the journey takes 1h 1m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B and Redwood City Station in around 2h 8m.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from SFO Airport Terminal G-Lower Level to Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Bus from El Camino Real & Victoria Ave to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from Redwood City Station to San Jose Downtown
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Center to Santa Clara & 1st
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

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Towncar from San Francisco Airport to Downtown San Jose
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$150 - $210
Private
$150 - $210
Taxi from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose
Ave. Duration
39 min
Estimated price
$200 - $250
Yellow Cab
Phone
+1 415.333.3333
Website
yellowcabsf.com
Taxi Bay Area
Phone
+1 408-541-1515
Website
taxibayarea.com
SF Green Cab
Phone
+1 415-626-4733
Website
greencabsf.com

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at San Jose Downtown station.

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San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at San Jose Diridon Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose is 36 miles. It takes approximately 39 min to drive from San Francisco Airport (SFO) to Downtown San Jose.

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