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There are 5 ways to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by train, bus, taxi, car or towncar

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Caltrain  •  1h 26m

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

$14 - $18

4 alternative options

Line 2065 bus, line 398 bus  •  1h 58m

  1. Take the line 2065 bus from San Jose Downtown to Redwood City Station 2065
  2. Take the line 398 bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level 398

Taxi  •  38 min

  1. Take a taxi from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 35.6 miles

$200 - $250

Drive  •  38 min

  1. Drive from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) 35.6 miles

$3 - $5

Towncar  •  38 min

  1. Take a town car from San Jose to San Francisco Airport 35.6 miles

$150 - $210

San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) by train and subway

The journey time between San Jose and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is around 1h 39m and covers a distance of around 35 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 1h 24m. Operated by Caltrain and BART, the San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) service departs from San Jose Diridon Caltrain and arrives in San Francisco International Airport. Typically 187 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 39m
Fastest journey time:
1h 24m
Services per week:
187
Cheapest price:
$14
Carbon emissions:
2 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
04:28
Last service departs at:
22:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train and subway schedules

San Jose → San Francisco Airport (SFO)
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to drive which costs $3 - $5 and takes 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to taxi which costs $200 - $250 and takes 38 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from San Jose Downtown and arriving at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level via Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 58m.

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No, there is no direct train from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO). However, there are services departing from San Jose Diridon Caltrain and arriving at San Francisco International Airport via Millbrae. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 26m.

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The distance between San Jose and San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 33 miles. The road distance is 35.6 miles.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) without a car is to Caltrain which takes 1h 26m and costs $13 - $19.

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It takes approximately 1h 26m to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO), including transfers.

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

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San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, depart from San Jose Diridon Caltrain station.

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The best way to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is to Caltrain which takes 1h 26m and costs $13 - $19. Alternatively, you can line 2065 bus and line 398 bus, which costs and takes 1h 58m.

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Map of how to get from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO).
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  • Distance: 33.4 miles
  • Duration: 1h 26m

What companies run services between San Jose, CA, USA and San Francisco Airport (SFO), USA?

Caltrain operates a train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain hourly. Tickets cost $7 - $10 and the journey takes 1h. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) via Redwood City Station and Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B in around 1h 58m.

Train operators
Caltrain
Phone
+1 650-508-6200
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Jose Diridon Caltrain to Millbrae Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $10
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Bus operators
FlixBus-us
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from San Jose Downtown to Redwood City Station
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Schedules at
flixbus.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Bus from Redwood City Caltrain-Lane B to SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Other operators
Jayride Private Transfers

Jayride is an online booking service for pick up or drop off at airports, using a pre-pay, fixed-price model. You’ll be provided with a choice of transfer companies, from luxury limos to maxi taxis, private cars to shuttle buses, depending on your journey, along with passenger reviews and star ratings. On booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the contact details of your transfer company and meeting instructions for your trip.

Contact Details
Towncar from San Jose to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$150 - $210
Private
$150 - $210
Taxi from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Ave. Duration
38 min
Estimated price
$200 - $250
Taxi San Jose
Phone
+1 408-459-8010
Website
taxisanjose.com

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San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) bus services, operated by SamTrans, arrive at SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level station.

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San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) train services, operated by Caltrain, arrive at Millbrae Caltrain station.

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Yes, the driving distance between San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO) is 36 miles. It takes approximately 38 min to drive from San Jose to San Francisco Airport (SFO).

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