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There are 6 ways to get from San Jose to El Cerrito by train, subway, bus, car or towncar

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, BART  •  1h 35m

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak Capitol Corridor
  2. Take the BART from Coliseum to El Cerrito del Norte Orange

$27 - $38

Cheapest option

Line 181 bus, BART  •  1h 35m

  1. Take the line 181 bus from 1st & Saint James to Warm Springs BART 181
  2. Take the BART from Warm Springs/South Fremont to El Cerrito del Norte Orange

$7 - $12

4 alternative options

Bus  •  2h 8m

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, Ca to Oakland, Ca 6774 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Thomas L Berkley Way to San Pablo Av:Manila Av 72 / ...

$13 - $22

Caltrain, bus  •  3h 14m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Local / ...
  2. Take the bus from Transbay Temp Terminal to San Pablo Av:Manila Av 800 / ...

$15 - $21

Drive  •  53m

  1. Drive from San Jose to El Cerrito 50.3 miles

$4 - $8

Uber  •  53m

  1. Take an Uber from San Jose to El Cerrito 50.3 miles

$75 - $85

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose to El Cerrito is to drive which costs $4 - $8 and takes 53m.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to El Cerrito is to drive which costs $4 - $8 and takes 53m.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose to El Cerrito. However, there are services departing from San Jose, Ca and arriving at San Pablo Av:Manila Av via Thomas L Berkley Way. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 8m.

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The distance between San Jose and El Cerrito is 46 miles. The road distance is 50.3 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to El Cerrito without a car is to train and BART which takes 1h 35m and costs $26 - $40.

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It takes approximately 1h 35m to get from San Jose to El Cerrito, including transfers.

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

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San Jose to El Cerrito bus services, operated by AC Transit, arrive at San Pablo Av:Manila Av station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to El Cerrito is 50 miles. It takes approximately 53m to drive from San Jose to El Cerrito.

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There are 569+ hotels available in El Cerrito. Prices start at $99 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to El Cerrito.
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  • Distance: 46.2 miles
  • Duration: 1h 35m

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

You can take a bus from San Jose to El Cerrito via Oakland, Ca and Thomas L Berkley Way in around 2h 8m.

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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Oakland Coliseum/Airport Amtrak
Ave. Duration
54m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$23 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$30 - $45
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Coliseum to El Cerrito del Norte
Ave. Duration
30m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Warm Springs/South Fremont to El Cerrito del Norte
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
bart.gov
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from 1st & Saint James to Warm Springs BART
Ave. Duration
23m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.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.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
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
1h 15m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$28 - $40
AC Transit
Website
actransit.org
Bus from Thomas L Berkley Way to San Pablo Av:Manila Av
Ave. Duration
44m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Website
AC Transit
Bus from Transbay Temp Terminal to San Pablo Av:Manila Av
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $6
Website
AC Transit
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Jose to El Cerrito
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$75 - $85
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uber.com
UberPool
$70 - $85
Assist
$75 - $85
UberX
$75 - $85
WAV
$75 - $85
Comfort
$100 - $120
UberXL
$120 - $140
Select
$160 - $190
Black
$220 - $250
Black SUV
$250 - $290

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