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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from San Jose to Monterey. Traveling by train from San Jose to Monterey usually takes around 2 hours and 26 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 18 minutes.

Distance51 mi (82 km)
Fastest train2h 18m
Lowest price£18.12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 1 ratings and reviews)

4.0

4.0

John

16 June 2019 - Vacation

Amtrak

Pros: Very restful. Easy to move around. Good viewing from the lounge car. Cons: The check in process and seat assigning seemed cumbersome and slow. Tips: Arrive early if you want a pair of seats together.

Pros: Very restful. Easy to move around. Good viewing from the lounge car. Cons: The check in process and seat assigning seemed cumbersome and slow. Tips: Arrive early if you want a pair of seats together.

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

In the last month, £18.12 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Monterey, 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 £2.17 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Jose to Monterey 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 £18 whenever you decide to board the train to Monterey.

Which train should you take from San Jose to Monterey?

Amtrak is the one and only train line which connects San Jose, California to Monterey, 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.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak12h 27m£19.23
  • 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 1 Amtrak trains from San Jose to Monterey every day, as well as 4 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from £18.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to Monterey 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 Monterey?

While the train is the main method of transportation from San Jose to Monterey, it will only take you part of the way there. Please note that part of your trip will be on a different vehicle, most commonly a bus or express shuttle.

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

The distance between San Jose and Monterey is approximately 51 miles, or 82 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 26 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 18 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 San Jose to Monterey 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 Friday 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 San Jose at 10:00 and arrives in Monterey around 2 hours later.

Is there a direct train from San Jose to Monterey?

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.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Monterey to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to Monterey for £7.24.

Station Information

Where is the train station in San Jose?

Departure stations

There is one train station in San Jose.

Where is the train station in Monterey?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Monterey than most cities. Most trains from San Jose will stop at one (or more) of the 5 following stations in Monterey:

Train stations in Monterey:

  • Marriott Hotel - 350 Calle Principal

  • 1 Old Golf Course Rd

  • 351 Fremont St

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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