There are 9 ways to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael by shuttle, bus, train, subway, car or towncar

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Recommended option

Shuttle, Marin Airporter  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose International Airport to San Francisco International Airport
  2. Take the Marin Airporter from San Francisco Airport to San Rafael Transit Center

$65 - $66

Cheapest option

BART, line 40 bus  •  3 h 2 min

  1. Take the BART from Fremont BART Station to El Cerrito del Norte BART Station Warm Springs/South Fremont - Richmond
  2. Take the line 40 bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B 40 / ...

$12 - $15

7 alternative options

Train, bus, line 40 bus  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Clara Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
  2. Take the bus from Richmond BART to Tewksbury Av:Castro St 72M
  3. Take the line 40 bus from Tewksbury Ave & Castro St to Bellam Blvd & Lisbon St 40

$30 - $55

Bus, line 101 bus  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to San Francisco, Ca 6860 / ...
  2. Take the line 101 bus from Mission St & 1st St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C 101 / ...

$19 - $35

Caltrain, line 101 bus  •  3 h 40 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the line 101 bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C 101

$18 - $23

Drive  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Drive from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael 62.7 miles

$6 - $9

Towncar  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Take a town car from San Jose Airport to San Rafael 62.7 miles

$210 - $290

Shuttle  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Take a shuttle bus from San Jose Airport to San Rafael

$130 - $180

Uber  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael 62.7 miles

$95 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 10 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael. However, there are services departing from San Jose Airport - Terminal A and arriving at San Rafael Transit Center Platform C via Santa Clara Caltrain Station, San Jose, Ca and Mission St & 1st St. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 31 min.

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The distance between San Jose Airport (SJC) and San Rafael is 53 miles. The road distance is 62.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael without a car is to shuttle and Marin Airporter which takes 2 h 35 min and costs $65 - $66.

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It takes approximately 2 h 35 min to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael, including transfers.

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San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Jose, Ca station.

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San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael bus services, operated by Golden Gate Transit, arrive at San Rafael Transit Center Platform C station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael is 63 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 10 min to drive from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael.

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Map of how to get from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael.
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  • Distance: 53.5 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 35 min

What companies run services between San Jose Airport (SJC), USA and San Rafael, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael via Santa Clara Caltrain Station, Santa Clara & Montgomery, San Jose, Ca, San Francisco, Ca, and Mission St & 1st St in around 3 h 31 min.

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 Santa Clara Amtrak to Richmond Transit Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 16 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24 - $50
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$24 - $40
Flexi Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Business Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Room
$140 - $200
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Fremont BART Station to El Cerrito del Norte BART Station
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $6
Schedules at
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from Santa Clara Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
Monterey Bus
Website
montereyairbus.com
Shuttle from San Jose International Airport to San Francisco International Airport
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$45
Schedules at
montereyairbus.com
Marin Airporter
Website
marinairporter.com
Bus from San Francisco Airport to San Rafael Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $21
Schedules at
marinairporter.com
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Richmond BART to Tewksbury Av:Castro St
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
actransit.org
Book at
actransit.org
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Tewksbury Ave & Castro St to Bellam Blvd & Lisbon St
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $4
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from El Cerrito del Norte BART Station to San Rafael Transit Center Platform B
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Mission St & 1st St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from Mission St & 5th St to San Rafael Transit Center Platform C
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
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 San Jose, Ca to San Francisco, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Jose Airport (SJC) to San Rafael
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Signup at
uber.com
Assist
$95 - $130
UberX
$95 - $130
WAV
$95 - $130
UberXL
$140 - $190
Select
$200 - $260
Black
$280 - $350
Black SUV
$310 - $390
Jayride
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from San Jose Airport to San Rafael
Estimated price
$210 - $290
Shuttle from San Jose Airport to San Rafael
Estimated price
$130 - $180

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