From San Jose Diridon Station Amtrak train to Chico Amtrak. 5 h 24 min $75. From San Jose, CA Amtrak Thruway to Stockton, CA, walk to Stockton, CA, then bus to Chico, CA. 6 h 27 min $35. From San Jose drive to Chico. 3 h 36 min $24.
Amtrak operates a train from San Jose to Chico once daily. Tickets cost $40 - $110 and the journey takes 5 h 24 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a bus from San Jose to Chico 5 times a day, and the journey takes 1 h 55 min. Greyhound USA also services this route 3 times a day.