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Journey Information

There are 6 daily buses from San Jose to San Francisco. Traveling by bus from San Jose to San Francisco usually takes around one hour and 25 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus US bus can make the trip in 55 minutes.

Distance42 mi (68 km)
Shortest duration0h 55m
Cheapest price$6.04
Trips per day6
Most frequent serviceFlixBus US
Bus lines2

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

The average bus ticket price from San Jose to San Francisco is C$8.66. That price is based on the daily average cost for all bus trips from San Jose to San Francisco in the last 30 days. Any tickets cheaper than C$8.66 can be considered a great deal. You are very likely to find a bus ticket at this price or lower if you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of San Jose to San Francisco bus tickets is expected to range from C$8 to C$15. If you are looking to travel to San Francisco within the next week, you can find bus tickets as cheap as C$8.

As of today, the next cheapest bus trip from San Jose to San Francisco is on June 14, 2021 and it costs C$8. Just search on Wanderu for San Jose to San Francisco bus trips using the form above and sort the results by cheapest to see the best available deals for the date on which you plan to hit the road.

Monthly average prices

Traveling from San Jose to San Francisco by bus will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, bus ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$10 whenever you decide to board the bus to San Francisco.

Prices as travel date approaches


The best way to find cheap bus tickets from San Jose to San Francisco is by booking your trip as early as possible, as most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. That’s why you should book at least 8 days in advance. By doing so, you could save C$1.56 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from San Jose to San Francisco?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from San Jose, California to San Francisco, California. Of these two services, FlixBus US usually offers more choice, with 3 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US31h 4m$8.43
Greyhound31h 40m$11.60
  • Greyhound


    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 3 bus trips from San Jose to San Francisco every day, with the average journey taking around 1 hours and 40 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to San Francisco usually start from $7.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from San Jose to San Francisco during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 1 hour 25 minutes to cover the 42 miles (68 kilometers) from San Jose, CA to San Francisco, CA. However, the fastest bus only takes 55 minutes. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short trip.

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

Because many passengers travel from San Jose to San Francisco 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, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave San Jose?

The first bus leaves at 5:00am and the last bus leaves at 7:00pm. To see the times for all buses from San Jose to San Francisco, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 6 scheduled buses that travel from San Jose to San Francisco every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from California to California without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from San Jose to San Francisco; ticket prices start at $27.25.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in San Jose?

Departure stations

San Jose has two bus stations with service to San Francisco.

Bus stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where does the bus arrive in San Francisco?

Arrival stations

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in San Francisco.

Bus stations in San Francisco:

  • Salesforce Plaza

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