There are 3 ways to get from San Jose to Chico by train, bus or car

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Train  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Chico Amtrak Coast Starlight

$40 - $110

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Bus  •  5 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
  2. Take the bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
  3. Take the bus from Sacramento, Ca to Chico, Ca

$40 - $94

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Drive  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to Chico 207 miles

$20 - $30

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose to Chico. However, there are services departing from San Jose, Ca and arriving at Chico, Ca via Oakland, Ca and Sacramento, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 24 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from San Jose Diridon Station station and arriving at Chico Amtrak. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 24 min.

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The distance between San Jose and Chico is 166 miles. The road distance is 207 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to Chico without a car is to train which takes 5 h 24 min and costs .

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The train from San Jose Diridon Station to Chico Amtrak takes 5 h 24 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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San Jose to Chico bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from San Jose, Ca station.

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San Jose to Chico train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Jose Diridon Station.

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The best way to get from San Jose to Chico is to train which takes 5 h 24 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 24 min.

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

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San Jose to Chico train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Chico Amtrak station.

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  • Distance: 166.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 24 min

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

Amtrak operates a train from San Jose to Chico once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 5 h 24 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Jose to Chico via Oakland, Ca and Sacramento, Ca in around 5 h 24 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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Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Chico Amtrak
Ave. Duration
5 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $65
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Business Coach Seat
$75 - $110
Room
$200 - $290
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 San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$19 - $24
Bus from Oakland, Ca to Sacramento, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$14 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$14 - $21
Flexible
$25 - $35
Bus from Sacramento, Ca to Chico, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $22
Flexible
$27 - $35

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to Chico is 207 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 36 min to drive from San Jose to Chico.

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