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There are 6 ways to get from San Jose to San Francisco by bus, subway, train, taxi or car

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Bus  •  1h

  1. Take the bus from San Jose Downtown to San Francisco 2005 / ...

$12 - $18

Cheapest option

Line 22 bus, bus  •  4h 17m

  1. Take the line 22 bus from Santa Clara & Almaden Boulevard to Palo Alto Transit Center Rapid 522 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Jose Ave & Bepler St Ecr

$8 - $13

4 alternative options

BART  •  1h 9m

  1. Take the BART from Berryessa / North San Jose BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station Green-S

$7 - $10

Caltrain  •  1h 23m

  1. Take the Caltrain from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain Ltd A / ...

$9 - $12

Taxi  •  52 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Jose to San Francisco 48.2 miles

$260 - $320

Drive  •  52 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to San Francisco 48.2 miles

$4 - $7

San Jose to San Francisco by bus

The bus journey time between San Jose and San Francisco is around 1h 14m and covers a distance of around 48 miles. The fastest bus normally takes 55 min. Operated by FlixBus-us, Greyhound USA and Amtrak, the San Jose to San Francisco bus service departs from San Jose Downtown and arrives in San Francisco. Typically 28 buses run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Bus route overview

Average bus time:
1h 14m
Fastest bus time:
55 min
Buses per week:
28
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
9 kg CO2

First and last buses

First bus departs at:
04:25
Last bus departs at:
21:10

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Jose to San Francisco bus schedules

San Jose → San Francisco
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The most affordable way to get from San Jose to San Francisco is to drive, which costs $4 - $7 and takes 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to San Francisco is to taxi which costs $260 - $320 and takes 52 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from San Jose Downtown and arriving at San Francisco. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Berryessa / North San Jose BART Station station and arriving at Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate Monday to Friday. The journey takes approximately 1h 9m.

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The distance between San Jose and San Francisco is 42 miles. The road distance is 48.2 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Francisco without a car is to bus which takes 1h and costs $12 - $18.

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The bus from San Jose Downtown to San Francisco takes 1h including transfers and departs twice daily.

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San Jose to San Francisco bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, depart from San Jose Downtown station.

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San Jose to San Francisco train services, operated by BART, depart from Berryessa / North San Jose BART Station.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Francisco is to bus which takes 1h and costs $12 - $18. Alternatively, you can Caltrain, which costs $9 - $12 and takes 1h 23m.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to San Francisco.
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  • Distance: 41.8 miles
  • Duration: 1h

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

FlixBus-us operates a bus from San Jose Downtown to San Francisco 3 times a day, and the journey takes 1h. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, BART operates a vehicle from Berryessa / North San Jose BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $10 and the journey takes 1h 9m.

Train operators
BART
Phone
94604-2688
Website
bart.gov
Subway from Berryessa / North San Jose BART Station to Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station
Ave. Duration
1h 9m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Website
bart.gov
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to San Francisco Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose Downtown to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
flixbus.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 San Jose to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$12 - $18
Flexible
$29 - $45
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
Bus from San Jose to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Santa Clara VTA
Phone
+1 408-321-2300
Website
vta.org
Bus from Santa Clara & Almaden Boulevard to Palo Alto Transit Center
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Website
vta.org
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 9 to San Jose Ave & Bepler St
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Taxi from San Jose to San Francisco
Ave. Duration
52 min
Estimated price
$260 - $320
Taxi San Jose
Phone
+1 408-459-8010
Website
taxisanjose.com

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San Jose to San Francisco bus services, operated by FlixBus-us, arrive at San Francisco station.

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San Jose to San Francisco train services, operated by BART, arrive at Civic Center / UN Plaza BART Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to San Francisco is 48 miles. It takes approximately 52 min to drive from San Jose to San Francisco.

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