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There is one daily train from Monterey to San Jose. Traveling by train from Monterey to San Jose usually takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 51 minutes.
|Distance||51 mi (82 km)|
|Fastest train||2h 51m|
|Most frequent service||Amtrak|
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Which train should you take from Monterey to San Jose?
Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects Monterey, California to San Jose, California. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.
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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 1 Amtrak trains from Monterey to San Jose every day, as well as 5 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $31.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by train from Monterey 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 Monterey to San Jose?
How long is the train journey from Monterey to San Jose?
When are trains the most crowded?
Trains from Monterey to San Jose are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Wednesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.
When are the first and last trains of the day?
Most days, there is only one train which leaves Monterey at 4:00pm and arrives in San Jose around 2 hours later.
Is there a direct train from Monterey to San Jose?
Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.
San Jose is located in the heart of the world-famous Silicon Valley in California’s Bay Area. It is the largest city in Northern California and, as such, it is the area’s cultural, political and financial center.
While you’re in San Jose, make sure to check out the city’s various museums. Since you’re in the world’s foremost technology hub, the Tech Museum of Innovation is a must-visit. And since you’re on the West Coast, you should stop by the San Jose Museum of Art that features the largest permanent collection of works from West Coast artists.
Thanks to its mild California climate, San Jose is one of the best cities in the U.S. for outdoor activities, and due to its largely younger-leaning population, it offers quite the vibrant nightlife. In fact, San Jose is among the biggest party hubs in America.
San Jose is served by various bus carriers and has several Amtrak stops within its vicinity. In addition, the city’s airport is located right near the downtown area, which makes travel to and from San Jose a breeze.
Where is the train station in Monterey?
Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 5 stops and stations in Monterey where you can board the train.
Train stations in Monterey:
500 Tyler St
1 Old Golf Course Rd
351 Fremont St
Marriott Hotel - 350 Calle Principal
Where is the train station in San Jose?
San Jose has one train station.
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