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There are 8 ways to get from San Jose to San Diego by plane, bus, subway, train or car

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Fly from San Jose  •  2 h 50 min

  1. Fly from San Jose (SJC) to San Diego (SAN) SJC - SAN

$79 - $338

Cheapest option

Bus Flixbus USA  •  11 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose to San Diego FlixBus

$20 - $36

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Line 181 bus, BART to Oakland, fly  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Take the line 181 bus from 1St & St James to Warm Springs Bart
  2. Take the BART from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
  3. Fly from Oakland (OAK) to San Diego (SAN) OAK - SAN

$95 - $370

Caltrain to San Francisco, fly  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
  2. Fly from San Francisco (SFO) to San Diego (SAN) SFO - SAN

$84 - $329

Bus Megabus  •  10 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Anaheim, CA
  2. Take the bus from Anaheim, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$49 - $82

Bus, train  •  10 h 46 min

  1. Take the bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$61 - $119

Train  •  14 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station Coast Starlight
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$97 - $253

Drive  •  7 h 47 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to San Diego 463.7 miles

$45 - $70

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The cheapest way to get from San Jose to San Diego is to bus which costs $20 - $40 and takes 11 h 13 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to San Diego is to fly which costs $75 - $340 and takes 2 h 50 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose to San Diego. However, there are services departing from San Jose, CA and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Anaheim, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from San Jose station to San Diego. However, there are services departing from San Jose Diridon Station and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 14 h 47 min.

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The distance between San Jose and San Diego is 419 miles. The road distance is 463.7 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Diego without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 45 min and costs $45 - $85.

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It takes approximately 2 h 50 min to get from San Jose to San Diego, including transfers.

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San Jose to San Diego bus services, operated by Megabus, depart from San Jose, CA station.

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

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Diego is to fly which takes 2 h 50 min and costs $75 - $340. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $45 - $85 and takes 10 h 45 min, you could also train, which costs $95 - $260 and takes 14 h 47 min.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 419.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min

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

Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines, Inc. fly from San Jose to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Jose to San Diego via Anaheim, CA and Anaheim, Ca in around 10 h 45 min.

Airlines
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Oakland to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $500
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Francisco to San Diego
Ave. Duration
1 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station to Coliseum BART Station
Ave. Duration
31 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$4 - $5
Website
bart.gov
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 Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from San Jose Diridon Station to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
10 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $180
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Coach Seat
$120 - $180
Room
$290 - $400
Bus operators
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from 1St & St James to Warm Springs Bart
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
Megabus
Phone
877-462-6342
Website
us.megabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Anaheim, CA
Ave. Duration
7 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
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megabus.com
Bus from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Book at
megabus.com
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 Anaheim, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$15 - $35
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$15 - $23
Flexible
$27 - $35
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose to San Diego
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $28
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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The quickest flight from San Jose Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 15 min.

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

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San Jose to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to San Diego is 464 miles. It takes approximately 7 h 47 min to drive from San Jose to San Diego.

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Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Southwest Airlines offer flights from San Jose Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1104+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $69 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Jose Airport is to line 10 bus which takes 7 min and costs $2 - $5.

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