There are 7 ways to get from San Rafael to San Jose by bus, train, subway, night 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.

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Line 101 bus, Caltrain  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Mission St & 5th St 101
  2. Take the Caltrain from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain Bullet / ...

$16 - $20

Cheapest option

Line 101 bus, bus  •  2 h 41 min

  1. Take the line 101 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal 101 / ...
  2. Take the bus from San Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6853

$15 - $31

5 alternative options

Line 40 bus, BART, Caltrain  •  3 h 11 min

  1. Take the line 40 bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform B to El Cerrito del Norte BART Station 40 / ...
  2. Take the BART from El Cerrito del Norte to Millbrae
  3. Take the Caltrain from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain

$18 - $25

Marin Airporter, night bus, line 522 bus  •  4 h 43 min

  1. Take the Marin Airporter from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
  2. Take the night bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1 397
  3. Take the line 522 bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & 2Nd 522 / ...

$25 - $27

Line 1481 night bus, night bus  •  2 h 20 min

  1. Take the line 1481 night bus from San Rafael to Oakland, Ca 1481
  2. Take the night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca 6739 / ...

$20 - $43

Drive  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Drive from San Rafael to San Jose 62.7 miles

$6 - $9

Uber  •  1 h 8 min

  1. Take an Uber from San Rafael to San Jose 62.7 miles

$95 - $130

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from San Rafael to San Jose is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 8 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Rafael to San Jose is to drive which costs $6 - $9 and takes 1 h 8 min.

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The distance between San Rafael and San Jose is 56 miles. The road distance is 62.7 miles.

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It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to get from San Rafael to San Jose, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Rafael to San Jose. However, there are services departing from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A and arriving at San Jose, Ca via San Francisco, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 h 41 min.

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

You can take a bus from San Rafael to San Jose via Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal and San Francisco, Ca in around 2 h 41 min.

Train operators
Caltrain
Website
caltrain.com
Train from San Francisco Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $12
Schedules at
caltrain.com
Train from Millbrae Caltrain to San Jose Diridon Caltrain
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7 - $9
Schedules at
caltrain.com
BART
Website
bart.gov
Subway from El Cerrito del Norte to Millbrae
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
bart.gov
Bus operators
Golden Gate Transit
Phone
+1 415-921-5858
Website
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Mission St & 5th St
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform A to Beale St & Howard St-Transbay Terminal
Ave. Duration
59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $6
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center Platform B to El Cerrito del Norte BART Station
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Schedules at
goldengatetransit.org
Greyhound USA
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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 Francisco, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $17
Flexible
$20 - $25
Night bus from San Rafael to Oakland, Ca
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $19
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$9 - $13
Flexible
$15 - $19
Night bus from Oakland, Ca to San Jose, Ca
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $24
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$11 - $16
Flexible
$18 - $24
Marin Airporter
Website
marinairporter.com
Bus from San Rafael Transit Center to San Francisco Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $21
Schedules at
marinairporter.com
SamTrans
Website
samtrans.com
Night bus from SFO Airport Terminal A-Lower Level to Palo Alto Transit Ctr-Bay 1
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $4
Schedules at
samtrans.com
Santa Clara VTA
Website
vta.org
Bus from Palo Alto Caltrain Station to Santa Clara & 2Nd
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
vta.org
Other operators
Uber San Francisco Bay Area
Website
uber.com
Towncar from San Rafael to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 8 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$95 - $130
Signup at
uber.com
POOL
$85 - $110
ASSIST
$95 - $130
uberX
$95 - $130
WAV
$95 - $130
uberXL
$140 - $180
SELECT
$200 - $250
BLACK
$280 - $350
SUV
$310 - $390

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