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San Diego to San Jose bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$68.03
Fastest time10h 20m
Trips per day4
Bus lines2
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Price trends for buses from San Diego to San Jose

Average prices by travel date

$120$80$40JulAug

Monthly average prices

$100$80$60$40$20SONDJFMAMJJA

Prices as travel date approaches

$133$107$80$53$273020100

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a sleeper bus from San Diego to San Jose?

There are overnight bus services to San Jose from San Diego, but they will require you to transfer buses at some point in the early morning. Tufesa International offers the only daily direct trip for this route.

What is the cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose?

The cheapest way to get from San Diego to San Jose is by bus. Bus tickets start as low as $31 whereas a train ticket from San Diego to San Jose will cost you at least $68.

Is there a train from San Diego to San Jose?

There is a train from San Diego to San Jose, but it’s not a direct train and takes at least 12 hours (usually longer). The same bus trip can be done in as fast as 10 hours.

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Diego to San Jose right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

How much is a bus ticket from San Diego to San Jose?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $76.70 was the low point for bus fares from San Diego to San Jose. Buses from San Jose to San Diego are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $76.70 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 8 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $34.39 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 11 hours and 16 minutes to cover the 416 miles (670 kilometers) from San Diego, CA to San Jose, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 10 hours and 20 minutes. The trip is definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable on the bus. It's a good idea to bring water and snacks.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Thursday is usually the day of the week when buses are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Thursday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Diego?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Diego to San Jose, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 4 scheduled buses that travel from San Diego to San Jose every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Diego to San Jose; ticket prices start at $81.70.

What bus companies travel from San Diego to San Jose?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Diego, California to San Jose, California. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 4 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound411h 17m$81.51
Tufesa Internacional211h 15m$102.71

Where does the bus leave from in San Diego?

Buses to San Jose leave from multiple locations in San Diego, California. These are the 3 most popular bus stations:

  • Bus Terminal - 1313 National Ave
  • San Ysidro Transit Ctr
  • San Ysidro Transit Center

Where does the bus arrive in San Jose?

Buses arrive in San Jose at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with. These are the main bus stations in San Jose, California:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St
  • 1642 Story Rd
  • 1118 E William St

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