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San Jose-Los Angeles Train Timetable

Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from San Jose to Los Angeles. Traveling by train from San Jose to Los Angeles usually takes around 9 hours and 52 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 8 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance305 mi (492 km)
Fastest train8h 35m
Lowest price£35.66
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

San Jose to Los Angeles Route Map

San Jose Los Angeles

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

In the last month, £37.05 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £5.92 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£43£29£14MayMay

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Los Angeles from San Jose is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about £37 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Jose to Los Angeles 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 £38 whenever you decide to board the train to Los Angeles.

Prices as travel date approaches

£53£43£32£21£113020100

Since the average price of train trips from San Jose to Los Angeles 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 San Jose to Los Angeles?

2 train services operate from San Jose, California to Los Angeles, California. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 10 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak109h 50m£37.82
Amtrak Coast Starlight110h 35m£38.62
  • 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 10 Amtrak trains from San Jose to Los Angeles every day, as well as 14 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £36.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to Los Angeles 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 San Jose to Los Angeles?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from San Jose to Los Angeles. 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 San Jose to Los Angeles?

The distance between San Jose and Los Angeles is approximately 305 miles, or 492 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 9 hours and 52 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 8 hours and 35 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Jose to Los Angeles are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Sunday 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 San Jose at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 23:00. 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 San Jose to Los Angeles?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Los Angeles. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Los Angeles to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to Los Angeles for £29.24.

City Information

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is the undisputed world capital of the entertainment business. Because of that, the City of Angels is where you will find some of the most iconic landmarks of the film and music industries, including the world-famous Walk of Fame and Dolby Theatre (home of the Academy Awards) on Hollywood Boulevard, the easily recognizable Capitol Records building at Hollywood & Vine, and the LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles.

The best part of LA is that it has something to offer for people of all interests: outdoor enthusiasts can hike up to the Hollywood sign, fashion aficionados can go shopping in Beverly Hills, art lovers can check out the prominent Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in the Miracle Mile district, and those looking for a fun night out can go bar-hopping in West Hollywood. Are you a Pokémon GO addict? Well then this is the place for you because LA is the best city to catch the rarest Pokémon in the U.S.. And if you want to want to experience the famed golden coast of Southern California for yourself, head west to Santa Monica and Venice for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean.

With one of the biggest airports on the West Coast and several bus and train stops across the county, Los Angeles makes it easy to travel elsewhere in California, visit the neighboring Nevada, Arizona and Mexico, or take a flight to pretty much any other part of the world.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Departure stations

There is one train station in San Jose:

Other train stations in San Jose:

  • Diridon Caltrain Station - 65 Cahill St

Where is the train station in Los Angeles?

los angeles union station

Image credit: David Wilson

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Arrival stations

Union Station is the main train station in Los Angeles and the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States. The station was opened in 1939 and has become one of California’s busiest transportation hubs, serving more than 100 thousand passengers per day. Every Amtrak route that goes through Los Angeles stops at Union Station. In addition, the area around the station serves as the main bus stop for several bus carriers that conduct trips in and out of the city. Located in Downtown LA, Union Station offers easy transit connections to other parts of the city via three Metro Rail lines and one Metro Busway line, as well as a shuttle service to LAX airport. Union Station also serves as the main LA hub for six lines of Metrolink, Southern California’s primary commuter rail service.

Other train stations in Los Angeles:

  • Amtrak Metrolink Station - 7724 Van Nuys Blvd

  • 10040 Old Depot Plaza Rd, Chatsworth

  • 592 Gayley Ave

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