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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Modesto to San Jose. Traveling by train from Modesto to San Jose usually takes around 5 hours and 35 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance53 mi (85 km)
Fastest train2h 32m
Lowest price$17.92
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Modesto, CA to San Jose, CA

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Carl

April 9, 2020 - Visiting family

Amtrak

Pros: Cheap and fast. Cons: Bigger buses. Tips: Use this site!

Pros: Cheap and fast. Cons: Bigger buses. Tips: Use this site!

5.0

Adrian

October 7, 2019 - Visiting friends

Amtrak

Pros: Comfortable. Cons: Better outlets if possible? Tips: Get ready to sleep.

Pros: Comfortable. Cons: Better outlets if possible? Tips: Get ready to sleep.

What is the price of a train ticket from Modesto to San Jose?

In the last month, C$33.69 was the average price of a train ticket from Modesto, CA to San Jose, CA. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 12 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around C$4.53 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$57$38$19JulAug

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Modesto to San Jose will vary between C$26 and C$44. Planning a train trip to San Jose within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Modesto over the next 7 days is C$26. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$31$25$19$13$6ASONDJFMAMJJ
Traveling from Modesto to San Jose by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$25 whenever you decide to board the train to San Jose.

Prices as travel date approaches

$63$50$38$25$133020100

Since the average price of train trips from Modesto to San Jose remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Modesto to San Jose?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Modesto, California to San Jose, California. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak45h 35m$35.67
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 4 Amtrak trains from Modesto to San Jose every day, as well as 6 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $18.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Our train 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, train 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 train 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 train.

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.

Can you take a train all the way from Modesto to San Jose?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Modesto to San Jose. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Modesto to San Jose?

The distance between Modesto and San Jose is approximately 53 miles, or 85 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 35 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 32 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Modesto to San Jose are the most crowded on Sunday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Modesto at 8:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Modesto to San Jose?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

You can also take a train for your return trip from San Jose to Modesto. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Modesto to San Jose for $47.79.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Modesto?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Modesto.

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Arrival stations

San Jose has one train station.

Need a return trip from San Jose to Modesto?

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