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Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from San Jose to Oakland. Traveling by train from San Jose to Oakland usually takes around one hour and 3 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Capitol Corridor train can make the trip in 55 minutes.

Distance38 mi (62 km)
Fastest train0h 55m
Lowest price£11.36
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Capitol Corridor
Train lines2

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

In the last month, £11.80 was the average price of a train ticket from San Jose, CA to Oakland, 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 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £0.03 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£21£14£7JunJun

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Oakland from San Jose is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about £11 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from San Jose to Oakland 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 £12 whenever you decide to board the train to Oakland.

Prices as travel date approaches

£18£14£11£7£43020100

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

2 train services operate from San Jose, California to Oakland, California. Amtrak Capitol Corridor usually has more trains scheduled, with 6 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Capitol Corridor61h 3m£11.83
Amtrak Coast Starlight11h 1m£11.89

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from San Jose to Oakland 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.

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

The distance between San Jose and Oakland is approximately 38 miles, or 62 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 55 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Oakland.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from San Jose to Oakland 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 Monday 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 20:00. 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 Oakland?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. 12 of these are direct connections to Oakland. 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 Oakland to San Jose. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from San Jose to Oakland for £3.54.

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 Oakland?

Arrival stations

Oakland receives travelers from San Jose at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Oakland:

  • Across San Leandro Blvd from BART station - 700 73rd Ave

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