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Journey Information

San Jose to San Diego bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$69.44
Fastest time9h 50m
Trips per day2
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a train from San Jose to San Diego?

Yes, there is a train from San Jose to San Diego, but you’ll have to make a transfer and it will take at least 12 hours 30 minutes to make the trip. A train ticket also costs around $70 on average. You’re better off just taking a direct bus, which takes as little as 9 hours and 35 minutes. Bus tickets start at just $30.

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

The best way to get from San Jose to San Diego depends on your budget. Even accounting for extra time at the airport, flying is definitely the fastest travel option, but a one-way, nonstop ticket usually costs between $45 and $115. The best budget option is taking a bus. Bus tickets from San Jose to San Diego start at just $30.

How long is the drive from San Jose to San Diego?

The drive from San Jose to San Diego covers 459.5 miles (about 740 kilometers), which takes about 7 hours 20 minutes with little to no traffic in your own vehicle (not counting rest stops). A bus can take you from San Jose to San Diego in as little as 9 hours 35 minutes.

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

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $82.30 was the low point for bus fares from San Jose to San Diego. Buses from San Diego to San Jose are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $82.30 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 11 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $35.51 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 11 hours and 38 minutes to cover the 416 miles (670 kilometers) from San Jose, CA to San Diego, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 9 hours and 50 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?

Because many passengers travel from San Jose to San Diego at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Jose?

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Jose to San Diego, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are usually only 2 buses per day from San Jose to San Diego. Both of these are direct buses, meaning that you do not have to worry about transferring buses at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Jose to San Diego; ticket prices start at $81.79.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to San Diego?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Jose, California to San Diego, California. Of these two services, Greyhound usually offers more choice, with 2 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greyhound212h 0m$94.41
Tufesa Internacional210h 5m$102.83

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

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

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

Where does the bus arrive in San Diego?

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

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

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from San Jose, CA to San Diego, CA
Based on 3 ratings and reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
June 1, 2019Visiting friends
Plug was broken for charging We were an hour late coming into LA so nearly missed connection and driver didn’t seem to care... Should be able to communicate with depo somehow to say we are close etc

Based on 1 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
January 11, 2020Solo travel
On time.
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